Ah, sorry to hear that, Alias.
Well, for the details of vault life- I figured I might leave that very much up to you guys, but I can offer my own theories as to how it would work out...
The vault would, in any scenario, have a very sex-positive atmosphere. The Overseer is the only one really briefed on the experiment, but presumably he/she and his/her successors would be on board with it. Quelling a puritan group would be one of their priorities, and that group probably wouldn't be allowed to breed, namely in order to maintain a small population so as not to overcrowd... but also to get rid of such 'deviant' behavior. If the entire vault's first generation was full of singles or horny teenagers, then establishing a sex-friendly atmosphere might not be so difficult. The biggest problem they might have is overpopulation. Lots of people having sex means a lot of chances for contraception to fail- or just plain overeagerness. Contraceptives, after a while, would be handed out to the point of overkill- and it might even be an inspectable item.
Privacy is hard to come by in such a cramped space, even more so when everyone's hormonally or psychologically addled with lust... but rather than struggle to maintain it, I imagine the vault abandoned the concept altogether. Taboos would be removed as impractical. Many of the things considered abhorrent to 1950s America would eventually be considered fine, while maintaining that cheerful camp. Homosexual relationships might even be encouraged, as an outlet for one's passions that would not lead to any inadvertent babymaking. I can see some of Vault 88's PA announcements as follows;
"Remember: Knock before entering a residence. You never know who might be coming home for dinner."
"Did you know: Oral Sex is Safe Sex!"
"Did you know: Vault 88 is equipped to house only 1000 residents. See your vault physician today for contraceptives!"
"Remember: Experimentation is healthy."
"Having a hard
time? Tune in to frequency 104.88 for some stimulating stories for adults only!
Swinging might be common among married vault dwellers. They might make rituals of it, the same way couples would go to a party and exchange car keys- the 88s might exchange room keys and go home with eachothers' spouses. They'd send the kids off to amuse themselves during these weekly escapades, which only promotes their own budding romances that will eventually become relationships.
Long term relationships might be based less on affection and more on who the overseer deems appropriate to pass on their genes. Even then, marriages are probably not strictly monogamous, as theorized above. The 'courting' phase of a relationship might be very short, if present at all. Don't be surprised to see people immediately going at it with someone they just met. Then again, the vault is such a small community that everyone probably knows each other.
A vault dweller going outside might be surprised to see the concept of modesty or 'taking it slow' in a relationship. Normally, if you thought someone was attractive- you'd go somewhere and fuck. No strings attached. Considering the lack of animals in the vault and the lack of other sexual taboos; they very well may have been conditioned to be omnisexual
, seeing everything, to include mutants, robots, or animals... as a potential partner.
Life on the outside, however... Well, I would characterize it as... Oppressive, but for a variety of reasons.
There are a greater diversity of mutants and mutated animals, owing in part to the biological weapons used by the Chinese in the Great War, the FEV that was housed all over the island (Remember, its original purpose was to inoculate US soldiers against those biological weapons), and the airborne radiation and FEV contamination from other places in the world that were
There is little contact with the outside world, if any. To many, it has reverted back to the days before Captain Cook first visited the islands. Ask most people about America and they won't know what you're talking about. There's only the islands and the ocean. For this reason, Hawaiian tribal culture has actually made a resurgence. Tribals dressed in grass skirts living in the jungle revere the spirits of the land.
There exists two big 'factions' in the wasteland, but neither of them tolerate neutrality. If you aren't with them, you are against them. This has caused a lot of fragmentation, as people simply don't want to get in the middle of their war. They are also more interested in fighting each other than actually improving their land or bettering their people... to an extent.