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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

mischievous opposition exerts a subtly perverting influence on the whole 

outlook towards Nature and life. In a few cases, also, in women of 

sensitive temperament, it even undermines and ruins the psychic 

personality. 

 

 

Thus Boris Sidis has recorded a case illustrating the disastrous 

results of inculcating on a morbidly sensitive girl the doctrine 

of the impurity of women. She was educated in a convent. "While 

there she was impressed with the belief that woman is a vessel of 

vice and impurity. This seemed to have been imbued in her by one 

of the nuns who was very holy and practiced self-mortification. 

With the onset of her periods, and with the observation of the 

same in the other girls, this doctrine of female impurity was all 

the stronger impressed on her sensitive mind." It lapsed, 

however, from conscious memory and only came to the foreground in 

subsequent years with the exhaustion and fatigue of prolonged 

office work. Then she married. Now "she has an extreme abhorrence 

of women. Woman, to the patient, is impurity, filth, the very 

incarnation of degradation and vice. The house wash must not be 

given to a laundry where women work. Nothing must be picked up in 

the street, not even the most valuable object, perchance it might 

have been dropped by a woman" (Boris Sidis, "Studies in 

Psychopathology," _Boston Medical and Surgical Journal_, April 4, 

1907). That is the logical outcome of much of the traditional 

teaching which is given to girls. Fortunately, the healthy mind 

offers a natural resistance to its complete acceptation, yet it 

usually, in some degree, persists and exerts a mischievous 

influence. 


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