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Old 08-20-2013, 03:44 PM
Fenris Fenris is offline
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"John Thomas" is (IIRC) Navy slang for penis.

It gets funnier when you understand that Heinlein's idiot editor at Scribner's was a "Freudian" -- she saw porn in everything--a martian pet that was essentailly a furry bowling ball with three eyestalks was too suggestive and she fought him tooth and nail because the eyestalks were "suggestive" or "Freudian" or "dirty" or somesuch.

So slipping the John Thomas thing past her wasn't just putting a doity word in a kid's book, it was putting one over on a notorious/incompetent censor.*

*She also wrote little girls with horsies books and Heinlein had some things to say about the "Freudian" nature of them.