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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

l'Homme et de la Femme_, pp. 85-87). Perhaps this was obscurely 

felt by the German girl (mentioned in Kalbeck's _Life of 

Brahms_), who said: "One enjoys music twice as much 

_decolletee_." 

 

From the point of view with which we are here essentially concerned there 

are three ways in which the cultivation of nakedness--so far as it is 

permitted by the slow education of public opinion--tends to exert an 

influence: (1) It is an important element in the sexual hygiene of the 

young, introducing a wholesome knowledge and incuriosity into a sphere 

once given up to prudery and pruriency. (2) The effect of nakedness is 

beneficial on those of more mature age, also, in so far as it tends to 

cultivate the sense of beauty and to furnish the tonic and consoling 

influences of natural vigor and grace. (3) The custom of nakedness, in its 

inception at all events, has a dynamic psychological influence also on 

morals, an influence exerted in the substitution of a strenuous and 

positive morality for the merely negative and timid morality which has 

ruled in this sphere. 

 

Perhaps there are not many adults who realize the intense and secret 

absorption of thought in the minds of many boys and some girls concerning 

the problem of the physical conformation of the other sex, and the time, 

patience, and intellectual energy which they are willing to expend on the 

solution of this problem. This is mostly effected in secret, but not 

seldom the secret impulse manifests itself with a sudden violence which in 

the blind eyes of the law is reckoned as crime. A German lawyer, Dr. 

Werthauer, has lately stated that if there were a due degree of 

familiarity with the natural organs and functions of the opposite sex 

ninety per cent. of the indecent acts of youths with girl children would 

disappear, for in most cases these are not assaults but merely the 

innocent, though uncontrollable, outcome of a repressed natural curiosity. 

It is quite true that not a few children boldly enlist each others' 

cooeperation in the settlement of the question and resolve it to their 

mutual satisfaction. But even this is not altogether satisfactory, for the 

end is not attained openly and wholesomely, with a due subordination of 

the specifically sexual, but with a consciousness of wrong-doing and an 

exclusive attentiveness to the merely physical fact which tend directly to 

develop sexual excitement. When familiarity with the naked body of the 

other sex is gained openly and with no consciousness of indecorum, in the 

course of work and of play, in exercise or gymnastics, in running or in 

bathing, from a child's earliest years, no unwholesome results accompany 

the knowledge of the essential facts of physical conformation thus 

naturally acquired. The prurience and prudery which have poisoned sexual 

life in the past are alike rendered impossible. 

 

 

Nakedness has, however, a hygienic value, as well as a spiritual 

significance, far beyond its influences in allaying the natural 

inquisitiveness of the young or acting as a preventative of morbid 

emotion. It is an inspiration to adults who have long outgrown any 

youthful curiosities. The vision of the essential and eternal human form, 

the nearest thing to us in all the world, with its vigor and its beauty 

and its grace, is one of the prime tonics of life. "The power of a woman's 

body," said James Hinton, "is no more bodily than the power of music is a 

power of atmospheric vibrations." It is more than all the beautiful and 

stimulating things of the world, than flowers or stars or the sea. History 

and legend and myth reveal to us the sacred and awful influence of 


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