Man of steel, Woman of kleenex, by Larry Niven

#1 Edited by Schabbe (82 posts) - - Show Bio

I was just wondering, has anybody here read "Man of steel, Woman of kleenex" by Larry Niven?
 
It's really entertaining and actually quite interesting.
 
It's about why superman wouldn't be able to reproduce with a human female.
 

Here's a short section from the text.

"Assume a mating between Superman and a human woman designated LL for convenience.

The problem is this. Electroencephalograms taken of men and women during sexual intercourse show that orgasm resembles "a kind of pleasurable epileptic attack." One loses control over one's muscles.

Superman has been known to leave his fingerprints in steel and in hardened concrete, accidentally. What would he do to the woman in his arms during what amounts to an epileptic fit" 
 
So what do you think?  (and yes, it's a serious text, allthough quite funny at times)
Seems interesting?

Read it here:

 


    Reply and tell me what you think about it.
 
I did not write the "article", it's writen by Larry Niven

#2 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

this sort of thing is alluded to dozens of times in Smallville

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#3 Posted by Schabbe (82 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost: Indeed, they do, when Clark and superpowerd Lana have sex and everybody think it's an earthquake, that's just epic ^^
#4 Posted by MrDirector786 (43560 posts) - - Show Bio

That was .... informative... and funny.

#5 Posted by Schabbe (82 posts) - - Show Bio
@MrDirector786: word ^^
#6 Posted by Sparda (15795 posts) - - Show Bio

They directly talked about this in Dark Knight Strikes Again, I think. Wonder Woman tells Superman that she's pretty much the only woman in the world that he could have sex with and not kill.
 
He also says to his daughter in the series, when she asks him about sex, "Never with a human. They're too fragile" (IIRC, it might have been another species, though). Kinda one of those fridge logic moments for me after I watched Superman Returns......

#7 Edited by Schabbe (82 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sparda: i actually i finished reading Dark Knight strikes again today, i think what he says is "Never with terrans" which is basicly the same ^^ 
 
Yeah everytime i watch superman returns im like "wtf... how?"
#8 Posted by RedK (2521 posts) - - Show Bio

its also discussed in the movie mallrats at the beginning.
 
@Schabbe said:

"   Yeah everytime i watch superman returns im like "wtf... how?" "
Yea the first time i saw that i was like WTF and had to explain it to my brother and dad.
#9 Edited by johnny_spam (2035 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it's a stupid argument becasue Superman has displayed control over his strength to say he could kill Lois during intercourse is like saying he will rip the door of a henge everytime he opens one or crush someone's hand when he shakes their hands.  Trying to add real world logic to Superman is a waste of time.

#10 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4165 posts) - - Show Bio

Not to mention the fact when he finished, it would probably destroy the woman's insides.

#11 Posted by Schabbe (82 posts) - - Show Bio
@johnny spam: Not really the same tho. I mean, i can control my strength, but i wouldn't be able controll it during an "epileptic seizure" or whatever it's called it in the text. And neither could Superman..
 
Did you read  Man of Steel, woman of kleenex? Cuz' what he wrote kinda makes sense..


#12 Posted by johnny_spam (2035 posts) - - Show Bio
@Schabbe: @Schabbe said:
" @johnny spam: Not really the same tho. I mean, i can control my strength, but i wouldn't be able controll it during an "epileptic seizure" or whatever it's called it in the text. And neither could Superman..
 
Did you read  Man of Steel, woman of kleenex? Cuz' what he wrote kinda makes sense..


"
Again I don't think real world physics can fit into the DCU at all and the paper was written years ago when Lois and Superman's relationship was not that deep since then they have had sex. 
#13 Posted by Schabbe (82 posts) - - Show Bio
@johnny spam: Well ofc not, you're right, theres no room for real world physics in the DCU. but it think the papers is mostly written just for fun :P
#14 Posted by johnny_spam (2035 posts) - - Show Bio
@Schabbe: @Schabbe said:
" @johnny spam: Well ofc not, you're right, theres no room for real world physics in the DCU. but it think the papers is mostly written just for fun :P "
Then I'm a party popper, forgive me.

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