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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

 

 

"I was feeling in despair and walking despondently along a 

Melbourne street," writes the Australian author of a yet 

unpublished autobiography, "when three children came running out 

of a lane and crossed the road in full daylight. The beauty and 

texture of their legs in the open air filled me with joy, so that 

I forgot all my troubles whilst looking at them. It was a bright 

revelation, an unexpected glimpse of Paradise, and I have never 

ceased to thank the happy combination of shape, pure blood, and 

fine skin of these poverty-stricken children, for the wind seemed 

to quicken their golden beauty, and I retained the rosy vision of 

their natural young limbs, so much more divine than those always 

under cover. Another occasion when naked young limbs made me 

forget all my gloom and despondency was on my first visit to 

Adelaide. I came on a naked boy leaning on the railing near the 

Baths, and the beauty of his face, torso, fair young limbs and 

exquisite feet filled me with joy and renewed hope. The tears 

came to my eyes, and I said to myself, 'While there is beauty in 

the world I will continue to struggle,'" 

 

We must, as Boelsche declares (loc. cit.), accustom ourselves to 

gaze on the naked human body exactly as we gaze at a beautiful 

flower, not merely with the pity with which the doctor looks at 

the body, but with joy in its strength and health and beauty. For 

a flower, as Boelsche truly adds, is not merely "naked body," it 

is the most sacred region of the body, the sexual organs of the 

plant. 

 

"For girls to dance naked," said Hinton, "is the only truly pure 

form of dancing, and in due time it must therefore come about. 

This is certain: girls will dance naked and men will be pure 

enough to gaze on them." It has already been so in Greece, he 

elsewhere remarks, as it is to-day in Japan (as more recently 

described by Stratz). It is nearly forty years since these 

prophetic words were written, but Hinton himself would probably 

have been surprised at the progress which has already been made 

slowly (for all true progress must be slow) towards this goal. 

Even on the stage new and more natural traditions are beginning 

to prevail in Europe. It is not many years since an English 

actress regarded as a calumny the statement that she appeared on 

the stage bare-foot, and brought an action for libel, winning 

substantial damages. Such a result would scarcely be possible 

to-day. The movement in which Isadora Duncan was a pioneer has 

led to a partial disuse among dancers of the offensive device of 

tights, and it is no longer considered indecorous to show many 

parts of the body which it was formerly usual to cover. 

 

It should, however, be added at the same time that, while 

dancers, in so far as they are genuine artists, are entitled to 

determine the conditions most favorable to their art, nothing 

whatever is gained for the cause of a wholesome culture of 

nakedness by the "living statues" and "living pictures" which 

have obtained an international vogue during recent years. These 

may be legitimate as variety performances, but they have nothing 

whatever to do with either Nature or art. Dr. Pudor, writing as 

one of the earliest apostles of the culture of nakedness, has 

energetically protested against these performances 

(_Sexual-Probleme_, Dec., 1908, p. 828). He rightly points out 

that nakedness, to be wholesome, requires the open air, the 

meadows, the sunlight, and that nakedness at night, in a music 


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