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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

of civilized men and women. So that while we must constantly bear in mind 

medical, legal, and moral demands--which all correspond in some respects 

to some individual or social need--the main thing is to satisfy the 

demands of the whole human person. 

 

It is necessary to emphasize this point of view because it would seem 

that no error is more common among writers on the hygienic and moral 

problems of sex than the neglect of the psychological standpoint. They may 

take, for instance, the side of sexual restraint, or the side of sexual 

unrestraint, but they fail to realize that so narrow a basis is inadequate 

for the needs of complex human beings. From the wider psychological 

standpoint we recognize that we have to conciliate opposing impulses that 

are both alike founded on the human psychic organism. 

 

In the preceding volumes of these _Studies_ I have sought to refrain from 

the expression of any personal opinion and to maintain, so far as 

possible, a strictly objective attitude. In this endeavor, I trust, I have 

been successful if I may judge from the fact that I have received the 

sympathy and approval of all kinds of people, not less of the 

rationalistic free-thinker than of the orthodox believer, of those who 

accept, as well as of those who reject, our most current standards of 

morality. This is as it should be, for whatever our criteria of the worth 

of feelings and of conduct, it must always be of use to us to know what 

exactly are the feelings of people and how those feelings tend to affect 

their conduct. In the present volume, however, where social traditions 

necessarily come in for consideration and where we have to discuss the 

growth of those traditions in the past and their probable evolution in the 

future, I am not sanguine that the objectivity of my attitude will be 

equally clear to the reader. I have here to set down not only what people 

actually feel and do but what I think they are tending to feel and do. 

That is a matter of estimation only, however widely and however cautiously 

it is approached; it cannot be a matter of absolute demonstration. I trust 

that those who have followed me in the past will bear with me still, even 

if it is impossible for them always to accept the conclusions I have 

myself reached. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England. 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS. 

 

 

CHAPTER I. 

 

THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD. 

 

The Child's Right to Choose Its Ancestry--How This is Effected--The Mother 

the Child's Supreme Parent--Motherhood and the Woman Movement--The Immense 

Importance of Motherhood--Infant Mortality and Its Causes--The Chief Cause 

in the Mother--The Need of Rest During Pregnancy--Frequency of Premature 

Birth--The Function of the State--Recent Advance in Puericulture--The 

Question of Coitus During Pregnancy--The Need of Rest During 

Lactation--The Mother's Duty to Suckle Her Child--The Economic 

Question--The Duty of the State--Recent Progress in the Protection of the 

Mother--The Fallacy of State Nurseries. 

 

 

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 


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