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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

 

Many advocates of sexual abstinence have attached importance to 

the fact that men of great genius have apparently been completely 

continent throughout life. This is certainly true (see _ante_, p. 

173). But this fact can scarcely be invoked as an argument in 

favor of the advantages of sexual abstinence among the ordinary 

population. J.F. Scott selects Jesus, Newton, Beethoven, and Kant 

as "men of vigor and mental acumen who have lived chastely as 

bachelors." It cannot, however, be said that Dr. Scott has been 

happy in the four figures whom he has been able to select from 

the whole history of human genius as examples of life-long sexual 

abstinence. We know little with absolute certainty of Jesus, and 

even if we reject the diagnosis which Professor Binet-Sangle (in 

his _Folie de Jesus_) has built up from a minute study of the 

Gospels, there are many reasons why we should refrain from 

emphasizing the example of his sexual abstinence; Newton, apart 

from his stupendous genius in a special field, was an incomplete 

and unsatisfactory human being who ultimately reached a condition 

very like insanity; Beethoven was a thoroughly morbid and 

diseased man, who led an intensely unhappy existence; Kant, from 

first to last, was a feeble valetudinarian. It would probably be 

difficult to find a healthy normal man who would voluntarily 

accept the life led by any of these four, even as the price of 

their fame. J.A. Godfrey (_Science of Sex_, pp. 139-147) 

discusses at length the question whether sexual abstinence is 

favorable to ordinary intellectual vigor, deciding that it is 

not, and that we cannot argue from the occasional sexual 

abstinence of men of genius, who are often abnormally 

constituted, and physically below the average, to the normally 

developed man. Sexual abstinence, it may be added, is by no means 

always a favorable sign, even in men who stand intellectually 

above the average. "I have not obtained the impression," remarks 

Freud (_Sexual-Probleme_, March, 1908), "that sexual abstinence 

is helpful to energetic and independent men of action or original 

thinkers, to courageous liberators or reformers. The sexual 

conduct of a man is often symbolic of his whole method of 

reaction in the world. The man who energetically grasps the 

object of his sexual desire may be trusted to show a similarly 

relentless energy in the pursuit of other aims." 

 

Many, though not all, who deny that prolonged sexual abstinence is 

harmless, include women in this statement. There are some authorities 

indeed who believe that, whether or not any conscious sexual desire is 

present, sexual abstinence is less easily tolerated by women than by 

men.[94] 

 

Cabanis, in his famous and pioneering work, _Rapports du Physique 

et du Moral_, said in 1802, that women not only bear sexual 

excess more easily than men, but sexual privations with more 

difficulty, and a cautious and experienced observer of to-day, 

Loewenfeld (_Sexualleben und Nervenleiden_, 1899, p. 53), while 

not considering that normal women bear sexual abstinence less 

easily than men, adds that this is not the case with women of 

neuropathic disposition, who suffer much more from this cause, 

and either masturbate when sexual intercourse is impossible or 

fall into hystero-neurasthenic states. Busch stated (_Das 

Geschlechtsleben des Weibes_, 1839, vol. i, pp. 69, 71) that not 

only is the working of the sexual functions in the organism 

stronger in women than in men, but that the bad results of sexual 


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