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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

Half a century ago the sexual life of girls was ignored by their parents 

and teachers from reasons of prudishness; at the present time, when quite 

different ideas prevail regarding feminine education, it is ignored on the 

ground that girls should be as independent of their physiological sexual 

life as boys are. The fact that this mischievous neglect has prevailed 

equally under such different conditions indicates clearly that the varying 

reasons assigned for it are merely the cloaks of ignorance. With the 

growth of knowledge we may reasonably hope that one of the chief evils 

which at present undermine in early life not only healthy motherhood but 

healthy womanhood generally, may be gradually eliminated. The data now 

being accumulated show not only the extreme prevalence of painful, 

disordered, and absent menstruation in adolescent girls and young women, 

but also the great and sometimes permanent evils inflicted upon even 

healthy girls when at the beginning of sexual life they are subjected to 

severe strain of any kind. Medical authorities, whichever sex they belong 

to, may now be said to be almost or quite unanimous on this point. Some 

years ago, indeed, Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi, in a very able book, _The 

Question of Rest for Women_, concluded that "ordinarily healthy" women may 

disregard the menstrual period, but she admitted that forty-six per cent, 

of women are not "ordinarily healthy," and a minority which comes so near 

to being a majority can by no means be dismissed as a negligible quantity. 

Girls themselves, indeed, carried away by the ardor of their pursuit of 

work or amusement, are usually recklessly and ignorantly indifferent to 

the serious risks they run. But the opinions of teachers are now tending 

to agree with medical opinion in recognizing the importance of care and 

rest during the years of adolescence, and teachers are even prepared to 

admit that a year's rest from hard work during the period that a girl's 

sexual life is becoming established, while it may ensure her health and 

vigor, is not even a disadvantage from the educational point of view. With 

the growth of knowledge and the decay of ancient prejudices, we may 

reasonably hope that women will be emancipated from the traditions of a 

false civilization, which have forced her to regard her glory as her 

shame,--though it has never been so among robust primitive peoples,--and 

it is encouraging to find that so distinguished an educator as Principal 

Stanley Hall looks forward with confidence to such a time. In his 

exhaustive work on _Adolescence_ he writes: "Instead of shame of this 

function girls should be taught the greatest reverence for it, and should 

help it to normality by regularly stepping aside at stated times for a few 

years till it is well established and normal. To higher beings that looked 

down upon human life as we do upon flowers, these would be the most 

interesting and beautiful hours of blossoming. With more self-knowledge 

women will have more self-respect at this time. Savagery reveres this 

state and it gives to women a mystic awe. The time may come when we must 

even change the divisions of the year for women, leaving to man his week 

and giving to her the same number of Sabbaths per year, but in groups of 

four successive days per month. When woman asserts her true physiological 

rights she will begin here, and will glory in what, in an age of 

ignorance, man made her think to be her shame. The pathos about the 

leaders of woman's so-called emancipation, is that they, even more than 

those they would persuade, accept man's estimate of this state."[27] 

 

These wise words cannot be too deeply pondered. The pathos of the 


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