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PREFACE
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.1
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.2
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.3
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.4
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.4
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.6
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.7
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.8
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.9
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.10
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.11
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.4
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.1
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.2
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.3
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.1
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.2
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.3
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.5
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.6
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.1
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.2
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.3
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.4
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.5
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.6
PROSTITUTION-7.1
PROSTITUTION-7.2
PROSTITUTION-7.3
PROSTITUTION-7.4
PROSTITUTION-7.5
PROSTITUTION-7.6
PROSTITUTION-7.7
PROSTITUTION-7.8
PROSTITUTION-7.9
PROSTITUTION-7.10
PROSTITUTION-7.11
PROSTITUTION-7.12
PROSTITUTION-7.13
PROSTITUTION-7.14
PROSTITUTION-7.15
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2

 

 

Masturbation, and the fear that by an occasional and perhaps 

outgrown practice of masturbation they have sometimes done 

themselves irreparable injury, is a common source of anxiety to 

boys. It has long been a question whether a boy should be warned 

against masturbation. At a meeting of the Section of Psychology 

of the British Medical Association some years ago, four speakers, 

including the President (Dr. Blandford), were decidedly in favor 

of parents warning their children against masturbation, while 

three speakers were decidedly against that course, mainly on the 

ground that it was possible to pass through even a public school 

life without hearing of masturbation, and also that the warning 

against masturbation might encourage the practice. It is, 

however, becoming more and more clearly realized that ignorance, 

even if it can be maintained, is a perilous possession, while the 

teaching that consists, as it should, in a loving mother's 

counsel to the child from his earliest years to treat his sexual 

parts with care and respect, can only lead to masturbation in the 

child who is already irresistibly impelled to it. Most of the sex 

manuals for boys touch on masturbation, sometimes exaggerating 

its dangers; such exaggeration should be avoided, for it leads to 

far worse evils than those it attempts to prevent. It seems 

undesirable that any warnings about masturbation should form part 

of school instruction, unless under very special circumstances. 

The sexual instruction imparted in the school on sexual as on 

other subjects should be absolutely impersonal and objective. 

 

At this point we approach one of the difficulties in the way of 

sexual enlightenment: the ignorance or unwisdom of the would-be 

teachers. This difficulty at present exists both in the home and 

the school, while it destroys the value of many manuals written 

for the sexual instruction of the young. The mother, who ought to 

be the child's confidant and guide in matters of sexual 

education, and could naturally be so if left to her own healthy 

instincts, has usually been brought up in false traditions which 

it requires a high degree of intelligence and character to escape 

from; the school-teacher, even if only called upon to give 

instruction in natural history, is oppressed by the same 

traditions, and by false shame concerning the whole subject of 

sex; the writer of manuals on sex has often only freed himself 

from these bonds in order to advocate dogmatic, unscientific, and 

sometimes mischievous opinions which have been evolved in entire 

ignorance of the real facts. As Moll says (Das _Sexualleben des 

Kindes_, p. 276), necessary as sexual enlightenment is, we cannot 

help feeling a little skeptical as to its results so long as 

those who ought to enlighten are themselves often in need of 

enlightenment. He refers also to the fact that even among 

competent authorities there is difference of opinion concerning 

important matters, as, for instance, whether masturbation is 

physiological at the first development of the sexual impulse and 

how far sexual abstinence is beneficial. But it is evident that 

the difficulties due to false tradition and ignorance will 

diminish as sound traditions and better knowledge become more 

widely diffused. 

 

The girl at puberty is usually less keenly and definitely conscious of her 

sexual nature than the boy. But the risks she runs from sexual ignorance, 

though for the most part different, are more subtle and less easy to 


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