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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

 

It is necessary to emphasize this point because we have to realize that 

the modern movement for surrounding the pregnant woman with tenderness and 

care, so far from being the mere outcome of civilized softness and 

degeneracy, is, in all probability, the return on a higher plane to the 

sane practice of those races which laid the foundations of human 

greatness. 

 

While rest is the cardinal virtue imposed on a woman during the later 

months of pregnancy, there are other points in her regimen that are far 

from unimportant in their bearing on the fate of the child. One of these 

is the question of the mother's use of alcohol. Undoubtedly alcohol has 

been a cause of much fanaticism. But the declamatory extravagance of 

anti-alcoholists must not blind us to the fact that the evils of alcohol 

are real. On the reproductive process especially, on the mammary glands, 

and on the child, alcohol has an arresting and degenerative influence 

without any compensatory advantages. It has been proved by experiments on 

animals and observations on the human subject that alcohol taken by the 

pregnant woman passes freely from the maternal circulation to the foetal 

circulation. Fere has further shown that, by injecting alcohol and 

aldehydes into hen's eggs during incubation, it is possible to cause 

arrest of development and malformation in the chick.[8] The woman who is 

bearing her child in her womb or suckling it at her breast would do well 

to remember that the alcohol which may be harmless to herself is little 

better than poison to the immature being who derives nourishment from her 

blood. She should confine herself to the very lightest of alcoholic 

beverages in very moderate amounts and would do better still to abandon 

these entirely and drink milk instead. She is now the sole source of the 

child's life and she cannot be too scrupulous in creating around it an 

atmosphere of purity and health. No after-influence can ever compensate 

for mistakes made at this time.[9] 

 

What is true of alcohol is equally true of other potent drugs and poisons, 

which should all be avoided so far as possible during pregnancy because of 

the harmful influence they may directly exert on the embryo. Hygiene is 

better than drugs, and care should be exercised in diet, which should by 

no means be excessive. It is a mistake to suppose that the pregnant woman 

needs considerably more food than usual, and there is much reason to 

believe not only that a rich meat diet tends to cause sterility but that 

it is also unfavorable to the development of the child in the womb.[10] 

 

How far, if at all, it is often asked, should sexual intercourse be 

continued after fecundation has been clearly ascertained? This has not 

always been found an easy question to answer, for in the human couple many 

considerations combine to complicate the answer. Even the Catholic 

theologians have not been entirely in agreement on this point. Clement of 

Alexandria said that when the seed had been sown the field must be left 

till harvest. But it may be concluded that, as a rule, the Church was 

inclined to regard intercourse during pregnancy as at most a venial sin, 

provided there was no danger of abortion. Augustine, Gregory the Great, 

Aquinas, Dens, for instance, seem to be of this mind; for a few, indeed, 

it is no sin at all.[11] Among animals the rule is simple and uniform; as 

soon as the female is impregnated at the period of oestrus she absolutely 

rejects all advance of the male until, after birth and lactation are over, 

another period of oestrus occurs. Among savages the tendency is less 

uniform, and sexual abstinence, when it occurs during pregnancy, tends to 

become less a natural instinct than a ritual observance, or a custom now 


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