Unlike Winston, she had grasped the inner meaning of the Party’s sexual Puritanism. It was not merely that the sex instinct created a world of its own which was outside the Party’s control and which therefore had to be destroyed if possible. What was more important was that sexual privation induced hysteria, which was desirable because it could be transformed into war fever and leader worship. The way she put it was:
“When you make love you’re using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don’t give a damn for anything. They can’t bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour. If you’re happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother and the Three-Year Plans and the Two Minutes Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot?”
That was very true, he thought. There was a direct, intimate connection between chastity and political orthodoxy. For how could the fear, the hatred, and the lunatic credulity which the Party needed in its members be kept at the right pitch except by bottling down some powerful instinct and using it as a driving force? The sex impulse was dangerous to the Party, and the Party had turned it to account.
The “Party” obviously is representational not only of government in this instance, but also different religious sects/churches, and any other entity, including parents, trying to exert control over an individual. Interestingly enough, debasement of making love or having sex and turning it into “just a dirty sex act” has the same effect of destroying a spiritual union of epic proportions that unites people and amplifies our humanity, thus weakening the will of the individual spiritually and priming them for manipulation by other forces.
So, where there is only “dirty sex” or abstinence, you can still be easily controlled by your “friends” or the collective.
Oh but what happens, if you make love and develop a spiritual union with an individual, that takes precedence over your “friends” or the collective. That is the question and the answer.