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 //Coming Attraction//​ speculates on the social aftermath of a limited nuclear exchange, and a continued hot and cold war, between the Soviet Union and the United States, and suggests that mass neuroses would plague the population, revealed in sexual mores, gender relations, fashion, and popular culture. //Coming Attraction//​ speculates on the social aftermath of a limited nuclear exchange, and a continued hot and cold war, between the Soviet Union and the United States, and suggests that mass neuroses would plague the population, revealed in sexual mores, gender relations, fashion, and popular culture.
  
-{{storyquote>​And,​ naturally, the masks, which are definitely not, as the Soviets claim, a last invention of capitalist degeneracy, but a sign of great psychological insecurity. ​ The Russians have no masks, but they have their own signs of stress.}}+<storyquote>​And,​ naturally, the masks, which are definitely not, as the Soviets claim, a last invention of capitalist degeneracy, but a sign of great psychological insecurity. ​ The Russians have no masks, but they have their own signs of stress.</​storyquote>​
  
 Symptoms are everywhere. ​ Masks are worn by all women in public and have become the new focus of sexual attention, replacing the breasts in power, the latter now more casually revealed. ​ Athletic masked women wrestle scrawny men in popular entertainment and sport, but the men, in turn, take out their embarrassment in the same fashion on their girlfriends. ​ Even the moon no longer represents love and the romantic, but another source of danger, hovering overhead with missile-ridden bases of both the Soviets and the U.S.  The throwaway line about all the elevator shafts in New York being unusable and out of plumb because of an old blast, seems to also subtlety suggest how society is off-balance. Symptoms are everywhere. ​ Masks are worn by all women in public and have become the new focus of sexual attention, replacing the breasts in power, the latter now more casually revealed. ​ Athletic masked women wrestle scrawny men in popular entertainment and sport, but the men, in turn, take out their embarrassment in the same fashion on their girlfriends. ​ Even the moon no longer represents love and the romantic, but another source of danger, hovering overhead with missile-ridden bases of both the Soviets and the U.S.  The throwaway line about all the elevator shafts in New York being unusable and out of plumb because of an old blast, seems to also subtlety suggest how society is off-balance.
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 In a story where the cultural masking of women is a prominent feature, Leiber seems to predict the reaction of some European countries to the Muslim hijab: In a story where the cultural masking of women is a prominent feature, Leiber seems to predict the reaction of some European countries to the Muslim hijab:
  
-{{storyquote>"​A few members keep trying to persuade Parliament to enact a law forbidding all masking,"​ I continued, talking perhaps a bit too much.}}+<storyquote>"​A few members keep trying to persuade Parliament to enact a law forbidding all masking,"​ I continued, talking perhaps a bit too much.</​storyquote>​
  
 But Leiber directly addresses any comparisons:​ But Leiber directly addresses any comparisons:​
  
-{{storyquote>​Comparing the American style with Moslem [<i>sic</i>] tradition is not valid; Moslem women are compelled to wear veils, the purpose of which is to make a husband'​s property private, while the American women have only the compulsion of fashion and use masks to create mystery.}}+<storyquote>​Comparing the American style with Moslem [//sic//] tradition is not valid; Moslem women are compelled to wear veils, the purpose of which is to make a husband'​s property private, while the American women have only the compulsion of fashion and use masks to create mystery.</​storyquote>​
  
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