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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

 

The extent to which sexual abstinence and the struggles it 

involves may hamper and absorb the individual throughout life is 

well illustrated in the following case. A lady, vigorous, robust, 

and generally healthy, of great intelligence and high character, 

has reached middle life without marrying, or ever having sexual 

relationships. She was an only child, and when between three and 

four years of age, a playmate some six years older, initiated her 

into the habit of playing with her sexual parts. She was, 

however, at this age quite devoid of sexual feelings, and the 

habit dropped naturally, without any bad effects, as soon as she 

left the neighborhood of this girl a year or so later. Her health 

was good and even brilliant, and she developed vigorously at 

puberty. At the age of sixteen, however, a mental shock caused 

menstruation to diminish in amount during some years, and 

simultaneously with this diminution persistent sexual excitement 

appeared spontaneously, for the first time. She regarded such 

feelings as abnormal and unhealthy, and exerted all her powers of 

self-control in resisting them. But will power had no effect in 

diminishing the feelings. There was constant and imperious 

excitement, with the sense of vibration, tension, pressure, 

dilatation and tickling, accompanied, it may be, by some ovarian 

congestion, for she felt that on the left side there was a 

network of sexual nerves, and retroversion of the uterus was 

detected some years later. Her life was strenuous with many 

duties, but no occupation could be pursued without this 

undercurrent of sexual hyperaesthesia involving perpetual 

self-control. This continued more or less acutely for many years, 

when menstruation suddenly stopped altogether, much before the 

usual period of the climacteric. At the same time the sexual 

excitement ceased, and she became calm, peaceful, and happy. 

Diminished menstruation was associated with sexual excitement, 

but abundant menstruation and its complete absence were both 

accompanied by the relief of excitement. This lasted for two 

years. Then, for the treatment of a trifling degree of anaemia, 

she was subjected to a long, and, in her case, injudicious course 

of hypodermic injections of strychnia. From that time, five years 

ago, up to the present, there has been constant sexual 

excitement, and she has always to be on guard lest she should be 

overtaken by a sexual spasm. Her torture is increased by the fact 

that her traditions make it impossible for her (except under very 

exceptional circumstances) to allude to the cause of her 

sufferings. "A woman is handicapped," she writes. "She may never 

speak to anyone on such a subject. She must live her tragedy 

alone, smiling as much as she can under the strain of her 

terrible burden." To add to her trouble, two years ago, she felt 

impelled to resort to masturbation, and has done so about once a 

month since; this not only brings no real relief, and leaves 

irritability, wakefulness, and dark marks under the eyes, but is 

a cause of remorse to her, for she regards masturbation as 

entirely abnormal and unnatural. She has tried to gain benefit, 

not merely by the usual methods of physical hygiene, but by 

suggestion, Christian Science, etc., but all in vain. "I may 

say," she writes, "that it is the most passionate desire of my 

heart to be freed from this bondage, that I may relax the 

terrible years-long tension of resistance, and be happy in my own 


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