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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

offer no temptation. And it may be added that the majority of prostitutes 

begin their career at a very early age, long before the somewhat late 

period at which in women the tendency for passion to become strong, has 

yet arrived.[180] It may also be said that an indifference to sexual 

relationships, a tendency to attach no personal value to them, is often a 

predisposing cause in the adoption of a prostitute's career; the general 

mental shallowness of prostitutes may well be accompanied by shallowness 

of physical emotion. On the other hand, many prostitutes, at all events 

early in their careers, appear to show a marked degree of sensuality, and 

to women of coarse sexual fibre the career of prostitution has not been 

without attractions from this point of view; the gratification of physical 

desire is known to act as a motive in some cases and is clearly indicated 

in others.[181] This is scarcely surprising when we remember that 

prostitutes are in a very large proportion of cases remarkably robust and 

healthy persons in general respects.[182] They withstand without 

difficulty the risks of their profession, and though under its influence 

the manifestations of sexual feeling can scarcely fail to become modified 

or perverted in course of time, that is no proof of the original absence 

of sexual sensibility. It is not even a proof of its loss, for the real 

sexual nature of the normal prostitute, and her possibilities of sexual 

ardor, are chiefly manifested, not in her professional relations with her 

clients, but in her relations with her "fancy boy" or "bully."[183] It is 

quite true that the conditions of her life often make it practically 

advantageous to the prostitute to have attached to her a man who is 

devoted to her interests and will defend them if necessary, but that is 

only a secondary, occasional, and subsidiary advantage of the "fancy boy," 

so far as prostitutes generally are concerned. She is attracted to him 

primarily because he appeals to her personally and she wants him for 

herself. The motive of her attachment is, above all, erotic, in the full 

sense, involving not merely sexual relations but possession and common 

interests, a permanent and intimate life led together. "You know that what 

one does in the way of business cannot fill one's heart," said a German 

prostitute; "Why should we not have a husband like other women? I, too, 

need love. If that were not so we should not want a bully." And he, on his 

part, reciprocates this feeling and is by no means merely moved by 

self-interest.[184] 

 

One of my correspondents, who has had much experience of 

prostitutes, not only in Britain, but also in Germany, France, 

Belgium and Holland, has found that the normal manifestations of 

sexual feeling are much more common in British than in 

continental prostitutes. "I should say," he writes, "that in 

normal coitus foreign women are generally unconscious of sexual 

excitement. I don't think I have ever known a foreign woman who 

had any semblance of orgasm. British women, on the other hand, if 

a man is moderately kind, and shows that he has some feelings 

beyond mere sensual gratification, often abandon themselves to 

the wildest delights of sexual excitement. Of course in this 

life, as in others, there is keen competition, and a woman, to 

vie with her competitors, must please her gentlemen friends; but 

a man of the world can always distinguish between real and 

simulated passion." (It is possible, however, that he may be most 

successful in arousing the feelings of his own fellow-country 

women.) On the other hand, this writer finds that the foreign 


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