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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

CHAPTER II. 

 

SEXUAL EDUCATION. 

 

Nurture Necessary as Well as Breed--Precocious Manifestations of the 

Sexual Impulse--Are They to be Regarded as Normal?--The Sexual Play of 

Children--The Emotion of Love in Childhood--Are Town Children More 

Precocious Sexually Than Country Children?--Children's Ideas Concerning 

the Origin of Babies--Need for Beginning the Sexual Education of Children 

in Early Years--The Importance of Early Training in Responsibility--Evil 

of the Old Doctrine of Silence in Matters of Sex--The Evil Magnified When 

Applied to Girls--The Mother the Natural and Best Teacher--The Morbid 

Influence of Artificial Mystery in Sex Matters--Books on Sexual 

Enlightenment of the Young--Nature of the Mother's Task--Sexual Education 

in the School--The Value of Botany--Zooelogy--Sexual Education After 

Puberty--The Necessity of Counteracting Quack Literature--Danger of 

Neglecting to Prepare for the First Onset of Menstruation--The Right 

Attitude Towards Woman's Sexual Life--The Vital Necessity of the Hygiene 

of Menstruation During Adolescence--Such Hygiene Compatible with the 

Educational and Social Equality of the Sexes--The Invalidism of Women 

Mainly Due to Hygienic Neglect--Good Influence of Physical Training on 

Women and Bad Influence of Athletics--The Evils of Emotional 

Suppression--Need of Teaching the Dignity of Sex--Influence of These 

Factors on a Woman's Fate in Marriage--Lectures and Addresses on Sexual 

Hygiene--The Doctor's Part in Sexual Education--Pubertal Initiation Into 

the Ideal World--The Place of the Religious and Ethical Teacher--The 

Initiation Rites of Savages Into Manhood and Womanhood--The Sexual 

Influence of Literature--The Sexual Influence of Art. 

 

 

It may seem to some that in attaching weight to the ancestry, the 

parentage, the conception, the gestation, even the first infancy, of the 

child we are wandering away from the sphere of the psychology of sex. That 

is far from being the case. We are, on the contrary, going to the root of 

sex. All our growing knowledge tends to show that, equally with his 

physical nature, the child's psychic nature is based on breed and nurture, 

on the quality of the stocks he belongs to, and on the care taken at the 

early moments when care counts for most, to preserve the fine quality of 

those stocks. 

 

It must, of course, be remembered that the influences of both 

breed and nurture are alike influential on the fate of the 

individual. The influence of nurture is so obvious that few are 

likely to under-rate it. The influence of breed, however, is less 

obvious, and we may still meet with persons so ill informed, and 

perhaps so prejudiced, as to deny it altogether. The growth of 

our knowledge in this matter, by showing how subtle and 

penetrative is the influence of heredity, cannot fail to dispel 

this mischievous notion. No sound civilization is possible except 

in a community which in the mass is not only well-nurtured but 

well-bred. And in no part of life so much as in the sexual 

relationships is the influence of good breeding more decisive. An 

instructive illustration may be gleaned from the minute and 

precise history of his early life furnished to me by a highly 

cultured Russian gentleman. He was brought up in childhood with 

his own brothers and sisters and a little girl of the same age 

who had been adopted from infancy, the child of a prostitute who 

had died soon after the infant's birth. The adopted child was 

treated as one of the family, and all the children supposed that 

she was a real sister. Yet from early years she developed 

instincts unlike those of the children with whom she was 


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