- If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?
"If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?" is a
science fiction short storyby Theodore Sturgeon. It first appeared in Harlan Ellison's anthology" Dangerous Visions" in 1967.
It is about an Earthman who comes to the planet Vexvelt, shunned by the rest of colonized universe for unknown reasons. He finds it a
utopian paradise, but then discovers to his shock and horror that incestis actively encouraged there. When it is shown that the reason that the planet is a paradise is because of this encouragement of incest then questions are raised of the reader as to how we face 'unpleasant' issues.
Sturgeon wrote the story with an afterword that makes it plain that incest is not the real issue here, but rather how we manufacture falsehoods and turn them into perceived 'truth's. How we often take something harmless, then add and build on build on the perceived 'truth' to the point of creating something that is positively harmful.
This story is written to illustrate Sturgeon's credo of 'ask the next question'. By picking a very contentious subject for promotion he prompts a common array of non-answers such as 'because it's wrong'. Sturgeon then pops the question 'Why is it wrong?' and shows us how we tend to flit around an issue instead of facing the reality. The afterword makes the point that each successive answer should prompt a question that punches through it until a proper truth can be reached.
* [http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1527334 Analysis with quotes] at
* [http://jessesword.com/sf/view/388 Quote] at
Oxford English Dictionaryscience fictrion research website
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
One Life to Live miscellaneous characters — The following are minor or recurring characters from the American soap opera One Life to Live. Contents 1 Kimberly Andrews 2 Nigel Bartholomew Smythe … Wikipedia
One Life to Live minor characters — The following are characters from the American soap opera One Life to Live who are notable for their actions or relationships, but who do not warrant their own articles and are not part of a notable minor family from the series.Hunter Atwood Zach … Wikipedia
List of Your Song episodes — Your Song is a musical anthology program broadcast by ABS CBN in the Philippines. Contents 1 Year 1 1.1 Season 1 1.2 Season 2 1.3 Season 3 … Wikipedia
List of One Tree Hill characters — The original five from the first season; Upper row (L R) Lucas, Peyton and Haley. Lower row (L R) Brooke and Nathan. One Tree Hill is an American television series created by Mark Schwahn for The WB in 2003. After its third season, The WB and UPN … Wikipedia
List of one-time The Simpsons characters — Further information: List of characters in The Simpsons and List of recurring characters in The Simpsons The following is a list of one time characters from the American animated television comedy series The Simpsons. Some of the… … Wikipedia
List of Are You Being Served? episodes — The following is a list of episodes for the British sitcom Are You Being Served? that aired from 1972 to 1985. All episodes were 30 minutes long. There was a film in 1977, also entitled Are You Being Served?. While all episodes were in colour,… … Wikipedia
Annie Get Your Gun (musical) — Infobox Musical name= Annie Get Your Gun caption=Broadway 1946 Original Cast Album music=Irving Berlin lyrics=Irving Berlin book=Herbert Fields Dorothy Fields basis= productions= 1946 Broadway 1947 West End 1947 U.S. Tour 1947 Australia 1966… … Wikipedia
Two and a Half Men — Genre Sitcom Created by Chuck Lorre Lee Aronsohn … Wikipedia
Incest in popular culture — Incest is a somewhat popular topic in English erotic fiction; there are entire collections and websites devoted solely to this genre, with an entire genre of pornographic pulp fiction known as incest novels . This is probably because, as with… … Wikipedia
Theodore Sturgeon — (born Edward Hamilton Waldo on February 26, 1918; died May 8, 1985) was an American science fiction author. Though his mainstream success was relatively limited, Sturgeon is now widely recognized as one of the most important and influential… … Wikipedia