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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

sexual sedatives, but their influence in this respect only makes itself 

felt when they have dulled all the finest energies of the organism. 

Physical exercise is universally recommended to sexually hyperaesthetic 

patients. Yet most people, men and women, find that physical exercise is a 

positive stimulus to sexual activity. This is notably so as regards 

walking, and exuberantly energetic young women who are troubled by the 

irritant activity of their healthy sexual emotions sometimes spend a large 

part of their time in the vain attempt to lull their activity by long 

walks. Physical exercise only proves efficacious in this respect when it 

is carried to an extent which produces general exhaustion. Then indeed the 

sexual activity is lulled; but so are all the mental and physical 

activities. It is undoubtedly true that exercises and games of all sorts 

for young people of both sexes have a sexually hygienic as well as a 

generally hygienic influence which is undoubtedly beneficial. They are, on 

all grounds, to be preferred to prolonged sedentary occupations. But it is 

idle to suppose that games and exercises will suppress the sexual 

impulses, for in so far as they favor health, they favor all the impulses 

that are the result of health. The most that can be expected is that they 

may tend to restrain the manifestations of sex by dispersing the energy 

they generate. 

 

There are many physical rules and precautions which are advocated, not 

without reason, as tending to inhibit or diminish sexual activity. The 

avoidance of heat and the cultivation of cold is one of the most important 

of these. Hot climates, a close atmosphere, heavy bed-clothing, hot baths, 

all tend powerfully to excite the sexual system, for that system is a 

peripheral sensory organ, and whatever stimulates the skin generally, 

stimulates the sexual system.[99] Cold, which contracts the skin, also 

deadens the sexual feelings, a fact which the ascetics of old knew and 

acted upon. The garments and the posture of the body are not without 

influence. Constriction or pressure in the neighborhood of the sexual 

region, even tight corsets, as well as internal pressure, as from a 

distended bladder, are sources of sexual irritation. Sleeping on the back, 

which congests the spinal centres, also acts in the same way, as has long 

been known by those who attend to sexual hygiene; thus it is stated that 

in the Franciscan order it is prohibited to lie on the back. Food and 

drink are, further, powerful sexual stimulants. This is true even of the 

simplest and most wholesome nourishment, but it is more especially true of 

flesh meat, and, above all, of alcohol in its stronger forms such as 

spirits, liqueurs, sparkling and heavy wines, and even many English beers. 

This has always been clearly realized by those who cultivate asceticism, 

and it is one of the powerful reasons why alcohol should not be given in 

early youth. As St. Jerome wrote, when telling Eustochium that she must 

avoid wine like poison, "wine and youth are the two fires of lust. Why 

add oil to the flame?"[100] Idleness, again, especially when combined with 

rich living, promotes sexual activity, as Burton sets forth at length in 

his _Anatomy of Melancholy_, and constant occupation, on the other hand, 

concentrates the wandering activities. 

 

Mental exercise, like physical exercise, has sometimes been advocated as a 

method of calming sexual excitement, but it seems to be equally equivocal 

in its action. If it is profoundly interesting and exciting it may stir up 

rather than lull the sexual emotions. If it arouses little interest it is 

unable to exert any kind of influence. This is true even of mathematical 


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