The Harrad Experiment book. Read 36 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A new-age experiment takes place in the s at Harrad Col. The Harrad Experiment Paperback – September 1, A new-age "experiment" takes place in the s at Harrad College, a privately endowed and liberally run school that admits carefully selected students. Robert H. Rimmer () was the author of more than a dozen novels, the. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Robert H. Rimmer () was the author of more When you have read this book, you will find yourself entertaining the question of whether a real-life Harrad Experiment could - or should - be going.
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The Harrad Experiment is a coming-of-age film about a fictional school called Harrad Find sources: "The Harrad Experiment" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December ) (Learn how and when to remove this. Robert H. Rimmer, who wrote ''The Harrad Experiment,'' a novel The book was considered titillating when it was first published, with. A new-age "experiment" takes place in the s at Harrad College, a privately endowed and liberally run school that admits carefully selected.
The author has his idea of what is good and right based on his personal experiences, and rules out experiences and preferences of others.
For example, he is against all forms of what he calls "sick sex", which contextually, he implies BDSM, kink, and other lifestyle variations. Some people do find deep connection and spirituality in power exchange, but he is unable to recognize this.
Likewise, he comes across as a bit homophobic, focusing on heterosexuality, and ignoring the family bonds and importance of the power of love in homosexual unions. Parts also come off a bit sexist. Rimmer also has, both in the novel and in the essay at the end, a staunch anti-porn stance.
This is understandable, since his goal is to rid the world of rutting, physical, mindless sex, in favor of emotional and spiritual connection.
That is to be commended.
Indeed, those who only understand the physical form are surely missing something, and that is indeed a huge part of sex in America today. But both types of sex have a place within a person's life and relationships.
In spite of itself, Harrad University gave off a culty vibe. It is run by a married couple, and at the end of the four years, the students seem lock-step with what the teachers have given them.
The students are off to convert the world to their exact standards, with regimented rules and new laws that will solve all problems and make everyone be happy.
Rimmer has a naive view of what makes people unhappy in life, and what makes people incompatible with each other. His conclusions seem very utopian, i.
In fact, we are psychologically complex creatures, difficult to persuade. We clutch our childhood pain, and brandish our defense mechanisms, and all these things lead much more often to human pain than outmoded monogamy. Human beings are not healed so easily, nor are they persuaded to change their morality, no matter how much it makes sense for them to do so.
His essay at the end, and the discussions of the students in their fourth year, present some good ideas that seem really great on the surface, but with deeper thought would prove to have all sorts of unintended consequences. After finishing this novel, I was surprised to learn two things. One, that there is a movie based on this novel, available on YouTube, which I have added to my To Watch list.
And secondly, there is no Wikipedia article for the novel. And their should be, since I'm sure the history of this book, and how it was received by America, is fascinating.
Sometime in the middle of January, a Bantam salesman made the rounds of Harvard Square bookstores to peddle an item called The Harrad Experiment. It was sure-fire, he said, light, sexy and with a Harvard-Radcliffe angle; a natural for post-exam period.
The Coop ordered copies, the Harvard Book Store got in , the rest followed suit. And a quick check this week revealed that sales were every bit as good as the man from Bantam predicted. So there's really no point in telling you what the book is about. You've all read it.
Now how can we bring its wonderful vision to reality? How can Harvard begin the reorientation of its students toward free love the way Harrad College does in the novel? Rimmer gives us a start. His book concludes with a four-page reading list, which will, he warns his, change all our ingrained attitudes toward life and society--meaning sex.
Here Harvard is already on its way.
Two of the authors listed by Rimmer are already on the Harvard Faculty. Yes, Gordon W.
It surely wouldn't be asking too much for Allport and Sorokin to organize a Harvard course in "Human Values," like that required of all Harrad students.