Bruce Banner has just returned from his lab, where his latest experiment came out really well. He should go straight to bed, because it's six in the morning, but he can't seem to become the right kind of tired, probably also because it's six in the morning. So instead he's watching the sun rise out the window of his cozy (tiny) grad-dorm single room.
"Yup!" Hmm, does Leia have any skirts that fit Bruce and aren't made of materials that are super unpleasant to touch.
A skill has been created by a special action! Wondering about Leia's outfits has created the skill A Perfect Fit.
Info/Skills/A Perfect Fit
A Perfect Fit. Passive.
If you want to borrow clothes from your harem members, the clothes will always either fit perfectly or be adorably oversized. You will find clothes that fit you in a flattering fashion whenever you go shopping. This skill does not provide any protection against sexy wardrobe malfunctions.
"I just got a skill to look good in your outfits! How cool is that?" ('Harem members' continues to be a stupid phrase, but whatever.) He spacewarps one of Leia's outfits onto himself.
"You do look nice. Let's go out."
Onward to adventure! (Leia thinks he looks nice!!)
MIT main campus is kind of hard mode when it comes to telling whether the world has gotten suddenly weirder, but the omnipresent flyers recruiting for psych studies have shifted noticeably in the direction of romance and sexuality, and there's a poster for yet another a capella group called "the Tonics and Dominants".
"Where should we go first?"
"Well, I'd like to end up at the aquarium, so, wanna walk over to Kendall and get on the red line?" He photographs a couple of the more intriguing research-subject ads for later examination.
"Sounds good. Maybe we should check out a bookstore? And-- I don't know, what else do you think will change-- there's weirdly little outdoors fucking--"
"Bookstore for sure. And probably that's because all the comfy beds are indoors. Or is there some appeal of outdoor sex I'm not recognizing?"
"Exhibitionism? I don't know, I kind of thought a sextopia would have lots of public sex. Maybe not yours though."
Bookstore on the way to the train!
The bookstore has prominent displays about THE SCIENCE OF SEXUALITY and EVIDENCE-BASED TIPS FOR HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SEX LIFE: OUR EMPLOYEES RECOMMEND.
The science section has also tripled in size and devoured the entire metaphysics section.
"Apparently my sextopia gives everyone good taste! Or deprives the people with bad taste of books so I don't have to look at any more guides on balancing my moon energies or whatever." He picks up the evidence-based tips on improving his sex life and checks out the table of contents.
2. The Dual Control Model
4. Emotional Context
5. Cultural Context
6. Arousal and Arousal Nonconcordance
Yeah alright he's nerd-sniped what's the dual control model?
Sexual arousal is based on the interaction between sexual inhibition and sexual excitation! Sometimes people run into trouble when they are turned off because of their sexual inhibitions (bodily insecurity, stress, messy floor) and then they try to increase their sexual excitation and it is like pressing the gas and the brakes pedal at the same time. You do not go anywhere.
That seems to check out to the extent he can introspect on it! What's arousal nonconcordance?
Arousal nonconcordance is when you're hard or wet and you don't want sex. It is very common. There is about a 50% correlation between people with penises' genital sexual arousal and their subjective sexual arousal, and no correlation between people with vaginas' genital sexual arousal and their subjective sexual arousal.
What, no correlation? Vaginas just . . . get wet at random? He's rolling to disbelieve but if it's even close to true that has to be extremely annoying.
Speaking of being annoying, he's reading this book without buying it and also ignoring Leia, who is right there, unless she's found another book to look at.
Leia is looking through the newly created section about men being forcibly turned into slutty women who have to have lots of sex with different men. She is blushing a very bright red but this does not actually stop her from looking through books.
It's good that her preferences are getting factored into whatever is happening with the world (probably it would be better if everyone's were but also that's kind of a scary prospect). Hopefully she doesn't actually want him to force her to do anything because that sounds like a great way to have a terrible time and also he's too awkward to ask about it in the first place.
"...Bruce, you're not just changing the sex parts."
"Uhh??" Oh shit, what's he done now.
"Look at the books for kids. You, uh, seem to have gotten rid of all the flashcards and workbooks aimed at people under the age of about eight and replaced them with books about One Hundred Easy Science Experiments To Do With Your Children."
"Wow, I totally did. I guess if it's just workbooks and I haven't screwed the humanities-fan kids over on their leisure reading that sounds pretty good. . . . Possibly I need to seduce the Texas textbook committee for the greater good."
"I think probably more books about evolution than there were last time, also."