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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 wish to make use of this scum, these moral lepers. The 

ordinary young man, who likes a spice of immorality and has it 

when in town, and thinks it is not likely to come to his mother's 

or sisters' ears, does not get over his arrogance and disgust or 

abate them in the least. He takes them with him, more or less 

disguised, to the brothel, and they color his thoughts and 

actions all the time he is sleeping with prostitutes, or kissing 

them, or passing his hands over them, as he would over a mare, 

getting as much as he can for his money. To tell the truth, on 

the whole, that was my attitude too. But if anyone had asked me 

for the smallest reason for this attitude, for this feeling of 

superiority, pride, _hauteur_, and prejudice, I should, like any 

other 'respectable' young man, have been entirely at a loss, and 

could only have gaped foolishly." 

 

From the modern moral standpoint which now concerns us, not only is the 

cruelty involved in the dishonor of the prostitute absurd, but not less 

absurd, and often not less cruel, seems the honor bestowed on the 

respectable women on the other side of the social gulf. It is well 

recognized that men sometimes go to prostitutes to gratify the excitement 

aroused by fondling their betrothed.[218] As the emotional and physical 

results of ungratified excitement are not infrequently more serious in 

women than in men, the betrothed women in these cases are equally 

justified in seeking relief from other men, and the vicious circle of 

absurdity might thus be completed. 

 

From the point of view of the modern moralist there is another 

consideration which was altogether overlooked in the conventional and 

traditional morality we have inherited, and was indeed practically 

non-existent in the ancient days when that morality was still a living 

reality. Women are no longer divided only into the two groups of wives who 

are to be honored, and prostitutes who are the dishonored guardians of 

that honor; there is a large third class of women who are neither wives 

nor prostitutes. For this group of the unmarried virtuous the traditional 

morality had no place at all; it simply ignored them. But the new 

moralist, who is learning to recognize both the claims of the individual 

and the claims of society, begins to ask whether on the one hand these 

women are not entitled to the satisfaction of their affectional and 

emotional impulses if they so desire, and on the other hand whether, since 

a high civilization involves a diminished birthrate, the community is not 

entitled to encourage every healthy and able-bodied woman to contribute to 

maintain the birthrate when she so desires. 

 

 


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