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Comment author: Larks 16 December 2010 03:37:53PM 1 point [-]

It could have many of the benefits of serial monogamy, while making coordination a lot easier. During the celibate periods people wouldn't get distracted by sex at all. It'll encourage people to plan their lives, rather than just drifting. It would allow people to get any benefit from asceticism, whilst also benefitting from sexual relations; possibly even becoming Millean Competent Judges...

I don't actually think it would be an improvement. But it doesn't seem to be more obviously worse than many of the previously mentioned wierdtopias.

Comment author: Leonhart 16 December 2010 03:52:17PM 3 points [-]

Ah, now I take your meaning. Perhaps "asexual" would have been a better term than "celibate".

I still think there's some confusion here, though it might be me. If you don't think it's an improvement on reflection, it's not a weirdtopia.

Comment author: Jack 16 December 2010 03:58:14PM 2 points [-]

It doesn't seem to be more obviously worse than many of the previously mentioned wierdtopias.

It's 50% less sex!

Comment author: Strange7 17 December 2010 09:35:07PM 4 points [-]

Actually, it's 50% less aggregate demand for sex.

You could spend even-numbered year being a good little worker-bee and saving up, with considerably less relationship-drama to distract you from maximum productivity, and odd-numbered years blowing it all on booze and hookers, for a net increase in sexual activity and net decrease in sexual frustration.

Comment author: Larks 17 December 2010 09:42:09PM 2 points [-]

Yes, in the same way that being half-asleep for 24 hours a day won't necessarily make you better rested.