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"That's the whole secret. Don't you get it yet, HERBAL PHENTERMINE recreational. Every variant of my species has to be made pregnant after she's been female for a while. Online buy HERBAL PHENTERMINE without a prescription, Child, male, female, HERBAL PHENTERMINE mg, pregnancy, Is HERBAL PHENTERMINE safe, male, female, pregnancy, HERBAL PHENTERMINE reviews, 'round and 'round. If she doesn't get pregnant in time, she dies."
I suppose this makes a certain very, very strange sense--a sort of evolutionary impetus on steroids, if you will, BUY HERBAL PHENTERMINE NO PRESCRIPTION. HERBAL PHENTERMINE dose, But what doesn't make sense is that in Niven and Pournelle's world, pregnancy always equals childbirth.

Think about that one.

I mean, let's just go with the idea that somehow becoming pregnant makes a Motie healthy again--that there is some hormonal change that occurs after the Blessed Event that she needs, what is HERBAL PHENTERMINE, and somehow can't be simulated even by the genius Motie doctors (Huh. How. Why. WTF?) Somehow, though, it isn't getting pregnant or even staying pregnant for a length of time that's the key--it's actually giving birth. BUY HERBAL PHENTERMINE NO PRESCRIPTION, Which is just a boggle: there's Something Important about the Motie vagina, I guess.

And of course, abortion is never mentioned. The closest the book comes is to say that the Motie equivalent of birth control would be infanticide. (What. How. The Pill just doesn't work on Moties, BUY HERBAL PHENTERMINE NO PRESCRIPTION. Do these guys know anything about mammalian female physiology. WTF?)

That's right--in the future, abortion is literally unthinkable. At least, nobody thinks about it. But of course the special Magic Motie Vagina probably explains all this.

Why am I taking all this time to rag on a book from the 1970s, you ask. Because of this:

--Because even then two popular male writers could create a scenario that was grossly ignorant of the female body

--Because I've never heard a male fan of the book ever wonder why the hell the Moties don't have abortions

--Because it's astonishing that the subject never even comes up given the nightmare parody of female reproduction the book creates.

--Because this book could be written today, and all my objections would remain; because abortion and women's control over their bodies still remains a taboo subject in much of the world's literature; because that silence contributes to the oppression of women's reproductive rights.

And let's not get into the book's other nightmare (super-fertile brown aliens are going to invade our country and breed all over the place, destroying civilization!) I'll leave that one for Lou Dobbs to take care of.




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