contributed to Poul Anderson's Time Patrol series and it is unfortunate that Anderson did not likewise contribute to Stirling's Draka series. Both series share the premise that history might have diverged at an earlier stage with momentous consequences. Human sexual behavior varies enormously within a single timeline. How might it vary even more between timelines?
I am all for sexual freedom but between equals, not between masters and slaves. In Stirling's Drakon (New York, 2000), Chapter One, when the Draka Gwen visits a research station staffed entirely by homo servus, she is given flowers by an attractive adolescent boy and girl, the son and daughter of the Administrator and the head of research.
Later, Gwen's guardbeast scents and/or hears that someone is approaching her door. By sound and scent, she discerns who it is and answers the door naked. The boy and girl, naked except for flowers in their hair, present themselves with food and wine, apprehensive but excited. Gwen thinks that this is "'A charming gesture...'" (p. 13) The pleasure will be as intense as they can bear and enjoyable for her. As some of my countrymen would exclaim in disgust, "Charming!"
If drakensis and servus are on such trusting and intimate terms, can they not be equalized? After all, servus do scientific research with military applications:
"Back in the times of the Old Domination, when the Draka and their subjects had both been archaic-human, it had been impossible to entrust work like this to the underclasses. [Gwen] had seen the last of that herself, being the first generation of the New Race." (p. 16)
In a merely human society, there would certainly be a campaign to extend equal rights to subordinates who were both capable of and entrusted with advanced scientific research. However, the Draka have erected the barrier of species between themselves and their subordinates. The author is determined to pursue his dystopian premise all the way to its ghastly conclusion.