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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

CHAPTER VII. 

 

PROSTITUTION. 

 

I. _The Orgy:_--The Religious Origin of the Orgy--The Feast of 

Fools--Recognition of the Orgy by the Greeks and Romans--The Orgy Among 

Savages--The Drama--The Object Subserved by the Orgy. 

 

II. _The Origin and Development of Prostitution:_--The Definition of 

Prostitution--Prostitution Among Savages--The Conditions Under Which 

Professional Prostitution Arises--Sacred Prostitution--The Rite of 

Mylitta--The Practice of Prostitution to Obtain a Marriage Portion--The 

Rise of Secular Prostitution in Greece--Prostitution in the East--India, 

China, Japan, etc.--Prostitution in Rome--The Influence of Christianity on 

Prostitution--The Effort to Combat Prostitution--The Mediaeval Brothel--The 

Appearance of the Courtesan--Tullia D'Aragona--Veronica Franco--Ninon de 

Lenclos--Later Attempts to Eradicate Prostitution--The Regulation of 

Prostitution--Its Futility Becoming Recognized. 

 

III. _The Causes of Prostitution:_--Prostitution as a Part of the Marriage 

System--The Complex Causation of Prostitution--The Motives Assigned by 

Prostitutes--(1) Economic Factor of Prostitution--Poverty Seldom the Chief 

Motive for Prostitution--But Economic Pressure Exerts a Real 

Influence--The Large Proportion of Prostitutes Recruited from Domestic 

Service--Significance of This Fact--(2) The Biological Factor of 

Prostitution--The So-called Born-Prostitute--Alleged Identity with the 

Born-Criminal--The Sexual Instinct in Prostitutes--The Physical and 

Psychic Characters of Prostitutes--(3) Moral Necessity as a Factor in the 

Existence of Prostitution--The Moral Advocates of Prostitution--The Moral 

Attitude of Christianity Towards Prostitution--The Attitude of 

Protestantism--Recent Advocates of the Moral Necessity of 

Prostitution--(4) Civilizational Value as a Factor of Prostitution--The 

Influence of Urban Life--The Craving for Excitement--Why Servant-girls 

so Often Turn to Prostitution--The Small Part Played by 

Seduction--Prostitutes Come Largely from the Country--The Appeal of 

Civilization Attracts Women to Prostitution--The Corresponding Attraction 

Felt by Men--The Prostitute as Artist and Leader of Fashion--The Charm of 

Vulgarity. 

 

IV. _The Present Social Attitude Towards Prostitution:_--The Decay of the 

Brothel--The Tendency to the Humanization of Prostitution--The Monetary 

Aspects of Prostitution--The Geisha--The Hetaira--The Moral Revolt 

Against Prostitution--Squalid Vice Based on Luxurious Virtue--The Ordinary 

Attitude Towards Prostitutes--Its Cruelty Absurd--The Need of Reforming 

Prostitution--The Need of Reforming Marriage--These These Two Needs 

Closely Correlated--The Dynamic Relationships Involved. 

 

 

_I. The Orgy_. 

 

Traditional morality, religion, and established convention combine to 

promote not only the extreme of rigid abstinence but also that of reckless 

license. They preach and idealize the one extreme; they drive those who 

cannot accept it to adopt the opposite extreme. In the great ages of 

religion it even happens that the severity of the rule of abstinence is 

more or less deliberately tempered by the permission for occasional 

outbursts of license. We thus have the orgy, which flourished in mediaeval 

days and is, indeed, in its largest sense, a universal manifestation, 

having a function to fulfil in every orderly and laborious civilization, 

built up on natural energies that are bound by more or less inevitable 

restraints. 

 

The consideration of the orgy, it may be said, lifts us beyond the merely 

sexual sphere, into a higher and wider region which belongs to religion. 

The Greek _orgeia_ referred originally to ritual things done with a 

religious purpose, though later, when dances of Bacchanals and the like 


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