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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

CHAPTER I. 

 

THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD. 

 

The Child's Right to Choose Its Ancestry--How This is Effected--The Mother 

the Child's Supreme Parent--Motherhood and the Woman Movement--The Immense 

Importance of Motherhood--Infant Mortality and Its Causes--The Chief Cause 

in the Mother--The Need of Rest During Pregnancy--Frequency of Premature 

Birth--The Function of the State--Recent Advance in Puericulture--The 

Question of Coitus During Pregnancy--The Need of Rest During 

Lactation--The Mother's Duty to Suckle Her Child--The Economic 

Question--The Duty of the State--Recent Progress in the Protection of the 

Mother--The Fallacy of State Nurseries. 

 

 

A man's sexual nature, like all else that is most essential in him, is 

rooted in a soil that was formed very long before his birth. In this, as 

in every other respect, he draws the elements of his life from his 

ancestors, however new the recombination may be and however greatly it may 

be modified by subsequent conditions. A man's destiny stands not in the 

future but in the past. That, rightly considered, is the most vital of all 

vital facts. Every child thus has a right to choose his own ancestors. 

Naturally he can only do this vicariously, through his parents. It is the 

most serious and sacred duty of the future father to choose one half of 

the ancestral and hereditary character of his future child; it is the most 

serious and sacred duty of the future mother to make a similar choice.[1] 

In choosing each other they have between them chosen the whole ancestry of 

their child. They have determined the stars that will rule his fate. 

 

In the past that fateful determination has usually been made helplessly, 

ignorantly, almost unconsciously. It has either been guided by an 

instinct which, on the whole, has worked out fairly well, or controlled by 

economic interests of the results of which so much cannot be said, or left 

to the risks of lower than bestial chances which can produce nothing but 

evil. In the future we cannot but have faith--for all the hope of humanity 

must rest on that faith--that a new guiding impulse, reinforcing natural 

instinct and becoming in time an inseparable accompaniment of it, will 

lead civilized man on his racial course. Just as in the past the race has, 

on the whole, been moulded by a natural, and in part sexual, selection, 

that was unconscious of itself and ignorant of the ends it made towards, 

so in the future the race will be moulded by deliberate selection, the 

creative energy of Nature becoming self-conscious in the civilized brain 

of man. This is not a faith which has its source in a vague hope. The 

problems of the individual life are linked on to the fate of the racial 

life, and again and again we shall find as we ponder the individual 

questions we are here concerned with, that at all points they ultimately 

converge towards this same racial end. 

 

Since we have here, therefore, to follow out the sexual relationships of 

the individual as they bear on society, it will be convenient at this 

point to put aside the questions of ancestry and to accept the individual 

as, with hereditary constitution already determined, he lies in his 

mother's womb. 

 

It is the mother who is the child's supreme parent. At various points in 

zooelogical evolution it has seemed possible that the functions that we now 

know as those of maternity would be largely and even equally shared by the 

male parent. Nature has tried various experiments in this direction, among 

the fishes, for instance, and even among birds. But reasonable and 

excellent as these experiments were, and though they were sufficiently 

sound to secure their perpetuation unto this day, it remains true that it 


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