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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

occupations which have been advocated by various authorities, including 

Broussais, as aids to sexual hygiene.[101] "I have tried mechanical mental 

work," a lady writes, "such as solving arithmetical or algebraic problems, 

but it does no good; in fact it seems only to increase the excitement." "I 

studied and especially turned my attention to mathematics," a clergyman 

writes, "with a view to check my sexual tendencies. To a certain extent I 

was successful. But at the approach of an old friend, a voice or a touch, 

these tendencies came back again with renewed strength. I found 

mathematics, however, the best thing on the whole to take off my attention 

from women, better than religious exercises which I tried when younger 

(twenty-two to thirty)." At the best, however, such devices are of merely 

temporary efficacy. 

 

It is easier to avoid arousing the sexual impulses than to impose silence 

on them by hygienic measures when once they are aroused. It is, 

therefore, in childhood and youth that all these measures may be most 

reasonably observed in order to avoid any premature sexual excitement. In 

one group of stolidly normal children influences that might be expected to 

act sexually pass away unperceived. At the other extreme, another group of 

children are so neurotically and precociously sensitive that no 

precautions will preserve them from such influences. But between these 

groups there is another, probably much the largest, who resist slight 

sexual suggestions but may succumb to stronger or longer influences, and 

on these the cares of sexual hygiene may profitably be bestowed.[102] 

 

After puberty, when the spontaneous and inner voice of sex may at any 

moment suddenly make itself heard, all hygienic precautions are liable to 

be flung to the winds, and even the youth or maiden most anxious to retain 

the ideals of chastity can often do little but wait till the storm has 

passed. It sometimes happens that a prolonged period of sexual storm and 

stress occurs soon after puberty, and then dies away although there has 

been little or no sexual gratification, to be succeeded by a period of 

comparative calm. It must be remembered that in many, and perhaps most, 

individuals, men and women, the sexual appetite, unlike hunger or thirst, 

can after a prolonged struggle, be reduced to a more or less quiescent 

state which, far from injuring, may even benefit the physical and psychic 

vigor generally. This may happen whether or not sexual gratification has 

been obtained. If there has never been any such gratification, the 

struggle is less severe and sooner over, unless the individual is of 

highly erotic temperament. If there has been gratification, if the mind 

is filled not merely with desires but with joyous experience to which the 

body also has grown accustomed, then the struggle is longer and more 

painfully absorbing. The succeeding relief, however, if it comes, is 

sometimes more complete and is more likely to be associated with a state 

of psychic health. For the fundamental experiences of life, under normal 

conditions, bring not only intellectual sanity, but emotional 

pacification. A conquest of the sexual appetites which has never at any 

period involved a gratification of these appetites seldom produces results 

that commend themselves as rich and beautiful. 

 

In these combats there are, however, no permanent conquests. For a very 

large number of people, indeed, though there may be emotional changes and 

fluctuations dependent on a variety of circumstances, there can scarcely 

be said to be any conquest at all. They are either always yielding to the 


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