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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

repair. She is often extremely inquisitive concerning these matters; the 

thoughts of adolescent girls, and often their conversation among 

themselves, revolve much around sexual and allied mysteries. Even in the 

matter of conscious sexual impulse the girl is often not so widely 

different from her brother, nor so much less likely to escape the 

contamination of evil communications, so that the scruples of foolish and 

ignorant persons who dread to "sully her purity" by proper instruction are 

exceedingly misplaced. 

 

Conversations dealing with the important mysteries of human 

nature, Obici and Marchesini were told by ladies who had formerly 

been pupils in Italian Normal Schools, are the order of the day 

in schools and colleges, and specially circle around procreation, 

the most difficult mystery of all. In England, even in the best 

and most modern colleges, in which games and physical exercise 

are much cultivated, I am told that "the majority of the girls 

are entirely ignorant of all sexual matters, and understand 

nothing whatever about them. But they do wonder about them, and 

talk about them constantly" (see Appendix D, "The School 

Friendships of Girls," in the second volume of these _Studies_). 

"The restricted life and fettered mind of girls," wrote a 

well-known physician some years ago (J. Milner Fothergill, 

_Adolescence_, 1880, pp. 20, 22) "leave them with less to 

actively occupy their thoughts than is the case with boys. They 

are studiously taught concealment, and a girl may be a perfect 

model of outward decorum and yet have a very filthy mind. The 

prudishness with which she is brought up leaves her no 

alternative but to view her passions from the nasty side of human 

nature. All healthy thought on the subject is vigorously 

repressed. Everything is done to darken her mind and foul her 

imagination by throwing her back on her own thoughts and a 

literature with which she is ashamed to own acquaintance. It is 

opposed to a girl's best interests to prevent her from having 

fair and just conceptions about herself and her nature. Many a 

fair young girl is irredeemably ruined on the very threshold of 

life, herself and her family disgraced, from ignorance as much as 

from vice. When the moment of temptation comes she falls without 

any palpable resistance; she has no trained educated power of 

resistance within herself; her whole future hangs, not upon 

herself, but upon the perfection of the social safeguards by 

which she is hedged and surrounded." Under the free social order 

of America to-day much the same results are found. In an 

instructive article ("Why Girls Go Wrong," _Ladies' Home 

Journal_, Jan., 1907) B.B. Lindsey, who, as Judge of the Juvenile 

Court of Denver, is able to speak with authority, brings forward 

ample evidence on this head. Both girls and boys, he has found, 

sometimes possess manuscript books in which they had written down 

the crudest sexual things. These children were often sweet-faced, 

pleasant, refined and intelligent, and they had respectable 

parents; but no one had ever spoken to them of sex matters, 

except the worst of their school-fellows or some coarse-minded 

and reckless adult. By careful inquiry Lindsey found that only in 

one in twenty cases had the parents ever spoken to the children 

of sexual subjects. In nearly every case the children 

acknowledged that it was not from their parents, but in the 

street or from older companions, that they learnt the facts of 


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