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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

civilization, are accompanied--in so far as they are vital changes--by a 

slow and painful groping towards the truth that it is only in natural 

relations that sanity and sanctity can be found, for, as Nietzsche said, 

the "return" to Nature should rather be called the "ascent." Only so can 

we achieve the final elimination from our hearts of that clinging 

tradition that there is any impurity or dishonor in acts of love for which 

the reasonable, and not merely the conventional, conditions have been 

fulfilled. For it is vain to attempt to cleanse our laws, or even our 

by-laws, until we have first cleansed our hearts. 

 

It would be out of place here to push further the statement of the moral 

question as it is to-day beginning to shape itself in the sphere of sex. 

In a psychological discussion we are only concerned to set down the actual 

attitude of the moralist, and of civilization. The practical outcome of 

that attitude must be left to moralists and sociologists and the community 

generally to work out. 

 

Our inquiry has also, it may be hoped, incidentally tended to show that in 

practically dealing with the question of prostitution it is pre-eminently 

necessary to remember the warning which, as regards many other social 

problems, has been embodied by Herbert Spencer in his famous illustration 

of the bent iron plate. In trying to make the bent plate smooth, it is 

useless, Spencer pointed out, to hammer directly on the buckled up part; 

if we do so we merely find that we have made matters worse; our hammering, 

to be effective, must be around, and not directly on, the offensive 

elevation we wish to reduce; only so can the iron plate be hammered 

smooth.[219] But this elementary law has not been understood by 

moralists. The plain, practical, common-sense reformer, as he fancied 

himself to be--from the time of Charlemagne onwards--has over and over 

again brought his heavy fist directly down on to the evil of prostitution 

and has always made matters worse. It is only by wisely working outside 

and around the evil that we can hope to lessen it effectually. By aiming 

to develop and raise the relationships of men to women, and of women to 

women, by modifying our notions of sexual relationships, and by 

introducing a saner and truer conception of womanhood and of the 

responsibilities of women as well as of men, by attaining, socially as 

well as economically, a higher level of human living--it is only by such 

methods as these that we can reasonably expect to see any diminution and 

alleviation of the evil of prostitution. So long as we are incapable of 

such methods we must be content with the prostitution we deserve, learning 

to treat it with the pity, and the respect, which so intimate a failure of 

our civilization is entitled to. 


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