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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

intercourse, is an important cause of uterine fibroid tumors. 

Balls-Headley, of Victoria (_Evolution of the Diseases of Women_, 

1894, and "Etiology of Diseases of Female Genital Organs," 

Allbutt and Playfair, _System of Gynaecology_,) believes that 

unsatisfied sexual desire is a factor in very many disorders of 

the sexual organs in women. "My views," he writes in a private 

letter, "are founded on a really special gynaecological practice 

of twenty years, during which I have myself taken about seven 

thousand most careful records. The normal woman is sexually 

well-formed and her sexual feelings require satisfaction in the 

direction of the production of the next generation, but under the 

restrictive and now especially abnormal conditions of 

civilization some women undergo hereditary atrophy, and the 

uterus and sexual feelings are feeble; in others of good average 

local development the feeling is in restraint; in others the 

feelings, as well as the organs, are strong, and if normal use be 

withheld evils ensue. Bearing in mind these varieties of 

congenital development in relation to the respective condition of 

virginity, or sterile or parous married life, the mode of 

occurrence and of progress of disease grows on the physician's 

mind, and there is no more occasion for bewilderment than to the 

mathematician studying conic sections, when his knowledge has 

grown from the basis of the science. The problem is suggested: 

Has a crowd of unassociated diseases fallen as through a sieve on 

woman, or have these affections almost necessarily ensued from 

the circumstances of her unnatural environment?" It may be added 

that Kisch (_Sexual Life of Woman_), while protesting against any 

exaggerated estimate of the effects of sexual abstinence, 

considers that in women it may result, not only in numerous local 

disorders, but also in nervous disturbance, hysteria, and even 

insanity, while in neurasthenic women "regulated sexual 

intercourse has an actively beneficial effect which is often 

striking." 

 

 

It is important to remark that the evil results of sexual 

abstinence in women, in the opinion of many of those who insist 

upon their importance, are by no means merely due to unsatisfied 

sexual desire. They may be pronounced even when the woman herself 

has not the slightest consciousness of sexual needs. This was 

clearly pointed out forty years ago by the sagacious Anstie (_op. 

cit._) In women, especially, he remarks, "a certain restless 

hyperactivity of mind, and perhaps of body also, seems to be the 

expression of Nature's unconscious resentment of the _neglect of 

sexual functions_." Such women, he adds, have kept themselves 

free from masturbation "at the expense of a perpetual and almost 

fierce activity of mind and muscle." Anstie had found that some 

of the worst cases of the form of nervosity and neurasthenia 

which he termed "spinal irritation," often accompanied by 

irritable stomach and anaemia, get well on marriage. "There can be 

no question," he continues, "that a very large proportion of 

these cases in single women (who form by far the greater number 

of subjects of spinal irritation) are due to this conscious or 

unconscious irritation kept up by an unsatisfied sexual want. It 

is certain that very many young persons (women more especially) 

are tormented by the irritability of the sexual organs without 

having the least consciousness of sexual desire, and present the 


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