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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

nurtured; she lied, she was cruel, she loved to make mischief, 

and she developed precociously vicious sexual impulses; though 

carefully educated, she adopted the occupation of her mother, and 

at the age of twenty-two was exiled to Siberia for robbery and 

attempt to murder. The child of a chance father and a prostitute 

mother is not fatally devoted to ruin; but such a child is 

ill-bred, and that fact, in some cases, may neutralize all the 

influences of good nurture. 

 

When we reach the period of infancy we have already passed beyond the 

foundations and potentialities of the sexual life; we are in some cases 

witnessing its actual beginnings. It is a well-established fact that 

auto-erotic manifestations may sometimes be observed even in infants of 

less than twelve months. We are not now called upon to discuss the 

disputable point as to how far such manifestations at this age can be 

called normal.[18] A slight degree of menstrual and mammary activity 

sometimes occurs at birth.[19] It seems clear that nervous and psychic 

sexual activity has its first springs at this early period, and as the 

years go by an increasing number of individuals join the stream until at 

puberty practically all are carried along in the great current. 

 

While, therefore, it is possibly, even probably, true that the soundest 

and healthiest individuals show no definite signs of nervous and psychic 

sexuality in childhood, such manifestations are still sufficiently 

frequent to make it impossible to say that sexual hygiene may be 

completely ignored until puberty is approaching. 

 

Precocious physical development occurs as a somewhat rare 

variation. W. Roger Williams ("Precocious Sexual Development with 

Abstracts of over One Hundred Cases," _British Gynaecological 

Journal_, May, 1902) has furnished an important contribution to 

the knowledge of this anomaly which is much commoner in girls 

than in boys. Roger Williams's cases include only twenty boys to 

eighty girls, and precocity is not only more frequent but more 

pronounced in girls, who have been known to conceive at eight, 

while thirteen is stated to be the earliest age at which boys 

have proved able to beget children. This, it may be remarked, is 

also the earliest age at which spermatozoa are found in the 

seminal fluid of boys; before that age the ejaculations contain 

no spermatozoa, and, as Fuerbringer and Moll have found, they may 

even be absent at sixteen, or later. In female children 

precocious sexual development is less commonly associated with 

general increase of bodily development than in boys. (An 

individual case of early sexual development in a girl of five has 

been completely described and figured in the _Zeitschrift fuer 

Ethnologie_, 1896, Heft 4, p. 262.) 

 

Precocious sexual impulses are generally vague, occasional, and 

more or less innocent. A case of rare and pronounced character, 

in which a child, a boy, from the age of two had been sexually 

attracted to girls and women, and directed all his thoughts and 

actions to sexual attempts on them, has been described by Herbert 

Rich, of Detroit (_Alienist and Neurologist_, Nov., 1905). 

General evidence from the literature of the subject as to sexual 

precocity, its frequency and significance, has been brought 

together by L.M. Terman ("A Study in Precocity," _American 

Journal Psychology_, April, 1905). 

 

The erections that are liable to occur in male infants have 

usually no sexual significance, though, as Moll remarks, they may 


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