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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

for woman--they are two sides of the same thing, and both are 

denials of love, like luxury and asceticism. The mountains of 

restraint must be used to fill up the abysses of luxury." 

 

Some of Hinton's views were set forth by a writer intimately 

acquainted with him in a pamphlet entitled _The Future of 

Marriage: An Eirenicon for a Question of To-day_, by a 

Respectable Woman (1885). "When once the conviction is forced 

home upon the 'good' women," the writer remarks, "that their 

place of honor and privilege rests upon the degradation of others 

as its basis, they will never rest till they have either 

abandoned it or sought for it some other pedestal. If our 

inflexible marriage system has for its essential condition the 

existence side by side with it of prostitution, then one of two 

things follows: either prostitution must be shown to be 

compatible with the well-being, moral and physical, of the women 

who practice it, or our marriage system must be condemned. If it 

was clearly put before anyone, he could not seriously assert that 

to be 'virtue' which could only be practiced at the expense of 

another's vice.... Whilst the laws of physics are becoming so 

universally recognized that no one dreams of attempting to 

annihilate a particle of matter, or of force, yet we do not 

instinctively apply the same conception to moral forces, but 

think and act as if we could simply do away with an evil, while 

leaving unchanged that which gives it its strength. This is the 

only view of the social problem which can give us hope. That 

prostitution should simply cease, leaving everything else as it 

is, would be disastrous if it were possible. But it is not 

possible. The weakness of all existing efforts to put down 

prostitution is that they are directed against it as an isolated 

thing, whereas it is only one of the symptoms proceeding from a 

common disease." 

 

Ellen Key, who during recent years has been the chief apostle of 

a gospel of sexual morality based on the needs of women as the 

mothers of the race, has, in a somewhat similar spirit, denounced 

alike prostitution and rigid marriage, declaring (in her _Essays 

on Love and Marriage_) that "the development of erotic personal 

consciousness is as much hindered by socially regulated 

'morality' as by socially regulated 'immorality,'" and that "the 

two lowest and socially sanctioned expressions of sexual dualism, 

rigid marriage and prostitution, will gradually become 

impossible, because with the conquest of the idea of erotic unity 

they will no longer correspond to human needs." 

 

We may sum up the present situation as regards prostitution by saying that 

on the one hand there is a tendency for its elevation, in association with 

the growing humanity and refinement of civilization, characteristics which 

must inevitably tend to mark more and more both those women who become 

prostitutes and those men who seek them; on the other hand, but perhaps 

through the same dynamic force, there is a tendency towards the slow 

elimination of prostitution by the successful competition of higher and 

purer methods of sexual relationship freed from pecuniary considerations. 

This refinement and humanization, this competition by better forms of 

sexual love, are indeed an essential part of progress as civilization 

becomes more truly sound, wholesome, and sincere. 

 

This moral change cannot, it seems probable, fail to be accompanied by the 

realization that the facts of human life are more important than the 

forms. For all changes from lower to higher social forms, from savagery to 


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