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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

 

 

The elaborate investigations of the Committee of Lutheran pastors 

into sexual morality (_Die Geschlechtich-sittliche Verhaeltnisse 

im Deutschen Reiche_), published a few years ago, demonstrate 

amply the sexual freedom in rural Germany, and Moll, who is 

decidedly of opinion that the country enjoys no relative freedom 

from sexuality, states (op. cit., pp. 137-139, 239) that even the 

circulation of obscene books and pictures among school-children 

seems to be more frequent in small towns and the country than in 

large cities. In Russia, where it might be thought that urban and 

rural conditions offered less contrast than in many countries, 

the same difference has been observed. "I do not know," a Russian 

correspondent writes, "whether Zola in _La Terre_ correctly 

describes the life of French villages. But the ways of a Russian 

village, where I passed part of my childhood, fairly resemble 

those described by Zola. In the life of the rural population into 

which I was plunged everything was impregnated with erotism. One 

was surrounded by animal lubricity in all its immodesty. Contrary 

to the generally received opinion, I believe that a child may 

preserve his sexual innocence more easily in a town than in the 

country. There are, no doubt, many exceptions to this rule. But 

the functions of the sexual life are generally more concealed in 

the towns than in the fields. Modesty (whether or not of the 

merely superficial and exterior kind) is more developed among 

urban populations. In speaking of sexual things in the towns 

people veil their thought more; even the lower class in towns 

employ more restraint, more euphemisms, than peasants. Thus in 

the towns a child may easily fail to comprehend when risky 

subjects are talked of in his presence. It may be said that the 

corruption of towns, though more concealed, is all the deeper. 

Maybe, but that concealment preserves children from it. The town 

child sees prostitutes in the street every day without 

distinguishing them from other people. In the country he would 

every day hear it stated in the crudest terms that such and such 

a girl has been found at night in a barn or a ditch making love 

with such and such a youth, or that the servant girl slips every 

night into the coachman's bed, the facts of sexual intercourse, 

pregnancy, and childbirth being spoken of in the plainest terms. 

In towns the child's attention is solicited by a thousand 

different objects; in the country, except fieldwork, which fails 

to interest him, he hears only of the reproduction of animals and 

the erotic exploits of girls and youths. When we say that the 

urban environment is more exciting we are thinking of adults, but 

the things which excite the adult have usually no erotic effect 

on the child, who cannot, however, long remain asexual when he 

sees the great peasant girls, as ardent as mares in heat, 

abandoning themselves to the arms of robust youths. He cannot 

fail to remark these frank manifestations of sexuality, though 

the subtle and perverse refinements of the town would escape his 

notice. I know that in the countries of exaggerated prudery there 

is much hidden corruption, more, one is sometimes inclined to 

think, than in less hypocritical countries. But I believe that 

that is a false impression, and am persuaded that precisely 

because of all these little concealments which excite the 

malicious amusement of foreigners, there are really many more 

young people in England who remain chaste than in the countries 


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