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Atlas_Shrugged|Theory_of_Sex

In rejecting the traditional Christian altruist moral code, Rand also rejects the sexual code that, in her view, is a logical impliction of altruism.

Rand introduces a theory of sex in [[Atlas Shrugged]] that is purportedly implied by her broader ethical and psychological theories.  Far from being a debasing animal instinct, sex is the highest celebration of our greatest values.  Sex is a physical response to intellectual and spiritual values - a mechanism for giving concrete expression to values that could otherwise only be experienced in the abstract.

One is sexually attracted to those who embody one's values.  Those who have base values will be attracted to baselessness.  Those who lack any clear purpose will find sex devoid of meaning.  People of virtue, however, will respond sexually to virtue in others.

This sexual theory is illustarted in the relationships of [[/Hank Rearden|Hank Rearden]] with [[/Lillian Rearden|Lillian Rearden]] and [[/Dagny Taggart|Dagny Taggart]], and later with Dagny Taggart and [[/John Galt|John Galt]].  It is presented symbolically via the [[/Bracelet|bracelet]].