“Well, shit, the President signed it,” Peter said, closing the front door behind him. “Unbelievable. I knew she was a bitch.”
His wife Pam was standing in the front room sorting through mail, and the TV was on in the background.
“When does it take effect?” she asked.
“Immediately. Can you believe it, honey?” he answered.
“Wow,” she said. “This changes everything. I wonder if the courts will block it?”
“Who knows? I hope so. I just can’t believe it got through Congress. We’ve been fighting this for a year! Now what are we going to do?” he asked.
“I know sweetheart, I know. Come here,” she answered, opening her arms to embrace him. The TV was still on in the background, with breaking news covering the President’s signature on the landmark bill — or law, now — that she and her husband Peter had been fighting through their lobbying efforts for over a year.
Or rather, that he had been fighting, and that she had been pretending to fight.
* * *
The Male Responsibility Act, or MRA as it was called, completely redefined the role of men in American society. It was unbelievably wide in its scope: covering civil, criminal, and business code. It was the result of contentious negotiation and politicking in Congress over the past year, after having been introduced by freshman Congresswoman Molasky immediately after she was elected. Prior to her congressional campaign, Molasky had been an attorney representing women in various sex discrimination cases. In an apparently unrelated incident, she was brutally raped by guards while in routine administrative custody during an investigation into her finances, after being selected during a random screen for a preemptive investigation into terrorist financing. She was ultimately cleared of any suspicion and released, but her attackers were never identified.
She was elected on a rising tide of public opinion generally holding men responsible for the aggressive and violent state of the world in which we lived in 2012. Recent brain research had found that many facets of aggressive and violent behavior could be traced to the male sex drive. More importantly, research had also shown that even without the use of medication, very simple behavioral therapy could make a tremendous impact on male behavior, virtually eliminating aggression.
Paradoxically, rather than releasing repression through sexual liberation, the key therapy turned out to be controlling the male orgasm. Specifically, if a male understood that his ability to orgasm was under the control of another person, his brain chemistry turned his attention to being compliant and docile to that person’s wishes. If the controlling person was a woman, the results were exemplary: a strong yet compliant male, catering to and deferring to the wishes of the woman.
For women, this type of relationship was obviously empowering. Research had clearly shown that women were better decision-makers at the global level. While males were quite good at problem-solving, women were particularly adept at maintaining harmonious relationships. In the world of 2012, this was sorely needed.