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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

actual disturbance in the nervous or psychic spheres. Moll takes 

a similar temperate and discriminating view. He regards sexual 

abstinence before marriage as the ideal, but points out that we 

must avoid any doctrinal extremes in preaching sexual abstinence, 

for such preaching will merely lead to hypocrisy. Intercourse 

with prostitutes, and the tendency to change a woman like a 

garment, induce loss of sensitiveness to the spiritual and 

personal element in woman, while the dangers of sexual abstinence 

must no more be exaggerated than the dangers of sexual 

intercourse (Moll, _Libido Sexualis_, 1898, vol. i, p. 848; id., 

_Kontraere Sexualempfindung_, 1899, p. 588). Bloch also (in a 

chapter on the question of sexual abstinence in his _Sexualleben 

unserer Zeit_, 1908) takes a similar standpoint. He advocates 

abstention during early life and temporary abstention in adult 

life, such abstention being valuable, not only for the 

conservation and transformation of energy, but also to emphasize 

the fact that life contains other matters to strive for beyond 

the ends of sex. Redlich (_Medizinische Klinik_, 1908, No. 7) 

also, in a careful study of the medical aspects of the question, 

takes an intermediate standpoint in relation to the relative 

advantages and disadvantages of sexual abstinence. "We may say 

that sexual abstinence is not a condition which must, under all 

circumstances and at any price, be avoided, though it is true 

that for the majority of healthy adult persons regular sexual 

intercourse is advantageous, and sometimes is even to be 

recommended." 

 

It may be added that from the standpoint of Christian religious 

morality this same attitude, between the extremes of either 

party, recognizing the advantages of sexual abstinence, but not 

insisting that they shall be purchased at any price, has also 

found representation. Thus, in England, an Anglican clergyman, 

the Rev. H. Northcote (_Christianity and Sex Problems_, pp. 58, 

60) deals temperately and sympathetically with the difficulties 

of sexual abstinence, and is by no means convinced that such 

abstinence is always an unmixed advantage; while in Germany a 

Catholic priest, Karl Jentsch (_Sexualethik, Sexualjustiz, 

Sexualpolizei_, 1900) sets himself to oppose the rigorous and 

unqualified assertions of Ribbing in favor of sexual abstinence. 

Jentsch thus expresses what he conceives ought to be the attitude 

of fathers, of public opinion, of the State and the Church 

towards the young man in this matter: "Endeavor to be abstinent 

until marriage. Many succeed in this. If you can succeed, it is 

good. But, if you cannot succeed, it is unnecessary to cast 

reproaches on yourself and to regard yourself as a scoundrel or a 

lost sinner. Provided that you do not abandon yourself to mere 

enjoyment or wantonness, but are content with what is necessary 

to restore your peace of mind, self-possession, and cheerful 

capacity for work, and also that you observe the precautions 

which physicians or experienced friends impress upon you." 

 


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