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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

mission which has made it a 'necessary evil'--the mission of 

palliative to the physical rigors of celibacy and monogamy. It 

does so at the cost of a considerable amount of physical and 

moral deterioration, much of which is undoubtedly due to the 

action of society in completing the degradation of the prostitute 

by persistent ostracism. Prostitution was not so great an evil 

when it was not thought so great, yet even at its best it was a 

real evil, a melancholy and sordid travesty of sincere and 

natural passional relations. It is an evil which we are bound to 

have with us so long as celibacy is a custom and monogamy a law." 

It is the wife as well as the prostitute who is degraded by a 

system which makes venal love possible. "The time has gone past," 

the same writer remarks elsewhere (p. 195) "when a mere ceremony 

can really sanctify what is base and transform lust and greed 

into the sincerity of sexual affection. If, to enter into sexual 

connections with a man for a solely material end is a disgrace to 

humanity, it is a disgrace under the marriage bond just as much 

as apart from the hypocritical blessing of the church or the law. 

If the public prostitute is a being who deserves to be treated as 

a pariah, it is hopelessly irrational to withhold every sort of 

moral opprobrium from the woman who leads a similar life under a 

different set of external circumstances. Either the prostitute 

wife must come under the moral ban, or there must be an end to 

the complete ostracism under which the prostitute labors." 

 

The thinker who more clearly and fundamentally than others, and 

first of all, realized the dynamical relationships of 

prostitution, as dependent upon a change in the other social 

relationships of life, was James Hinton. More than thirty years 

ago, in fragmentary writings that still remain unpublished, since 

he never worked them into an orderly form, Hinton gave vigorous 

and often passionate expression to this fundamental idea. It may 

be worth while to quote a few brief passages from Hinton's MSS.: 

"I feel that the laws of force should hold also amid the waves of 

human passion, that the relations of mechanics are true, and will 

rule also in human life.... There is a tension, a crushing of the 

soul, by our modern life, and it is ready for a sudden spring to 

a different order in which the forces shall rearrange themselves. 

It is a dynamical question presented in moral terms.... Keeping a 

portion of the woman population without prospect of marriage 

means having prostitutes, that is women as instruments of man's 

mere sensuality, and this means the killing, in many of them, of 

all pure love or capacity of it. This is the fact we have to 

face.... To-day I saw a young woman whose life was being consumed 

by her want of love, a case of threatened utter misery: now see 

the price at which we purchase her ill-health; for her ill-health 

we pay the crushing of another girl into hell. We give that for 

it; her wretchedness of soul and body are bought by prostitution; 

we have prostitutes made for that.... We devote some women 

recklessly to perdition to make a hothouse Heaven for the 

rest.... One wears herself out in vainly trying to endure 

pleasures she is not strong enough to enjoy, while other women 

are perishing for lack of these very pleasures. If marriage is 

this, is it not embodied lust? The happy Christian homes are the 

true dark places of the earth.... Prostitution for man, restraint 


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