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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

It is only of recent years that this problem has been realized 

and faced, though solitary thinkers, like Hinton, have been 

keenly conscious of its existence; for "sorrowing virtue," as 

Mrs. Ella Wheeler Wilcox puts it, "is more ashamed of its woes 

than unhappy sin, because the world has tears for the latter and 

only ridicule for the former." "It is an almost cynical trait of 

our age," Hellpach wrote a few years ago, "that it is constantly 

discussing the theme of prostitution, of police control, of the 

age of consent, of the 'white slavery,' and passes over the moral 

struggle of woman's soul without an attempt to answer her burning 

questions." 

 

On the other hand we find medical writers not only asserting with much 

moral fervor that sexual intercourse outside marriage is always and 

altogether unnecessary, but declaring, moreover, the harmlessness or even 

the advantages of sexual abstinence. 

 

Ribbing, the Swedish professor, in his _Hygiene Sexuelle_, 

advocates sexual abstinence outside marriage, and asserts its 

harmlessness. Gilles de la Tourette, Fere, and Augagneur in 

France agree. In Germany Fuerbringer (Senator and Kaminer, _Health 

and Disease in Relation to Marriage_, vol. i, p. 228) asserts 

that continence is possible and necessary, though admitting that 

it may, however, mean serious mischief in exceptional cases. 

Eulenburg (_Sexuale Neuropathie_, p. 14) doubts whether anyone, 

who otherwise lived a reasonable life, ever became ill, or more 

precisely neurasthenic, through sexual abstinence. Hegar, 

replying to the arguments of Bebel in his well-known book on 

women, denies that sexual abstinence can ever produce satyriasis 

or nymphomania. Naecke, who has frequently discussed the problem 

of sexual abstinence (e.g., _Archiv fuer Kriminal-Anthropologie_, 

1903, Heft 1, and _Sexual-Probleme_, June, 1908), maintains that 

sexual abstinence can, at most, produce rare and slight 

unfavorable results, and that it is no more likely to produce 

insanity, even in predisposed individuals, than are the opposite 

extremes of sexual excess and masturbation. He adds that, so far 

as his own observations are concerned, the patients in asylums 

suffer scarcely at all from their compulsory sexual abstinence. 

 

It is in England, however, that the virtues of sexual abstinence 

have been most loudly and emphatically proclaimed, sometimes 

indeed with considerable lack of cautious qualification. Acton, 

in his _Reproductive Organs_, sets forth the traditional English 

view, as well as Beale in his _Morality and the Moral Question_. 

A more distinguished representative of the same view was Paget, 

who, in his lecture on "Sexual Hypochondriasis," coupled sexual 

intercourse with "theft or lying." Sir William Gowers (_Syphilis 

and the Nervous System_, 1892, p. 126) also proclaims the 

advantages of "unbroken chastity," more especially as a method of 

avoiding syphilis. He is not hopeful, however, even as regards 

his own remedy, for he adds: "We can trace small ground for hope 

that the disease will thus be materially reduced." He would 

still, however, preach chastity to the individual, and he does so 

with all the ascetic ardor of a mediaeval monk. "With all the 

force that any knowledge I possess, and any authority I have, can 

give, I assert that no man ever yet was in the slightest degree 

or way the worse for continence or better for incontinence. From 

the latter all are worse morally; a clear majority are worse 


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