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Sexual Imagery: Plants Perceived as
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THOUGH THE ROOM IS CROWDED with people who are all gesticulating animatedly, he doesn’t spill a drop in carrying the drinks to the outskirts of the crowd, where Belinda’s standing in front of an arrangement of enormous obscene flowers, bizarre-looking things with penile elements and great leaves shaped like escutcheons of pubic hair.
“Are these real plants?” Matthew asks.
He has been amazed by the biological emulation he sees in the creatures that star in fantastic movies, so he wouldn’t be surprised if that kind of high-tech weirdness had reached the fake-plant business. He touches a leaf with his little finger, gingerly. He can’t decide whether the thing feels real or not. It has a waxy quality that doesn’t seem botanical, but it moves like part of a real plant, shudders when he brushes it, and the penile member bobs gently over his forehead.
“Do you know what these are called? Do you think they’re a product of genetic mutation? Maybe they’re bred exclusively for the restaurant trade. Maybe they’re given drugs to make them grow outlandishly. What do you think?” He’s making witty chatter.
See also: Sexual Euphemism, Muff as TG 129
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