Thanks for the comments.

Karen – I don’t think I’d write like this if it were part of anything larger. The fun is connecting the dots, don’t you think?

Brenda – Agreed, many conventional tropes here. I’m surprised you didn’t mention how tired the Jonah image is! As for eugenics, is there such a thing an an unproblematic discussion of it?

how the erotic impulse can be trained to see something genetically created, manipulated as not just highly desirable but of the stuff of obsession
Well, I gather some girls get all moony about horses. To say nothing of people who breed dogs, cats, etc.