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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 greater refinement of Japanese civilization allows the 

prostitute to retain a higher degree of self-respect. She is 

sometimes regarded with pity, but less often with contempt. She 

may associate openly with men, ultimately be married, even to men 

of good social class, and rank as a respectable woman. "In riding 

from Tokio to Yokohama, the past winter," Coltman observes (_op. 

cit._, p. 113), "I saw a party of four young men and three quite 

pretty and gaily-painted prostitutes, in the same car, who were 

having a glorious time. They had two or three bottles of various 

liquors, oranges, and fancy cakes, and they ate, drank and sang, 

besides playing jokes on each other and frolicking like so many 

kittens. You may travel the whole length of the Chinese Empire 

and never witness such a scene." Yet the history of Japanese 

prostitutes (which has been written in an interesting and 

well-informed book, _The Nightless City_, by an English student 

of sociology who remains anonymous) shows that prostitution in 

Japan has not only been severely regulated, but very widely 

looked down upon, and that Japanese prostitutes have often had to 

suffer greatly; they were at one time practically slaves and 

often treated with much hardship. They are free now, and any 

condition approaching slavery is strictly prohibited and guarded 

against. It would seem, however, that the palmiest days of 

Japanese prostitution lay some centuries back. Up to the middle 

of the eighteenth century Japanese prostitutes were highly 

accomplished in singing, dancing, music, etc. Towards this 

period, however, they seem to have declined in social 

consideration and to have ceased to be well educated. Yet even 

to-day, says Matignon ("La Prostitution au Japon," _Archives 

d'Anthropologie Criminelle_, October, 1906), less infamy attaches 

to prostitution in Japan than in Europe, while at the same time 

there is less immorality in Japan than in Europe. Though 

prostitution is organized like the postal or telegraph service, 

there is also much clandestine prostitution. The prostitution 

quarters are clean, beautiful and well-kept, but the Japanese 

prostitutes have lost much of their native good taste in costume 

by trying to imitate European fashions. It was when prostitution 

began to decline two centuries ago, that the geishas first 

appeared and were organized in such a way that they should not, 

if possible, compete as prostitutes with the recognized and 

licensed inhabitants of the Yoshiwara, as the quarter is called 

to which prostitutes are confined. The geishas, of course, are 

not prostitutes, though their virtue may not always be 

impregnable, and in social position they correspond to actresses 

in Europe. 

 

In Korea, at all events before Korea fell into the hands of the 

Japanese, it would seem that there was no distinction between the 

class of dancing girls and prostitutes. "Among the courtesans," 

Angus Hamilton states, "the mental abilities are trained and 

developed with a view to making them brilliant and entertaining 

companions. These 'leaves of sunlight' are called _gisaing_, and 

correspond to the geishas of Japan. Officially, they are attached 

to a department of government, and are controlled by a bureau of 

their own, in common with the Court musicians. They are supported 

from the national treasury, and they are in evidence at official 

dinners and all palace entertainments. They read and recite; they 

dance and sing; they become accomplished artists and musicians. 


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