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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

situation has indeed been--at all events in the past for to-day a more 

enlightened generation is growing up--that the very leaders of the woman's 

movement have often betrayed the cause of women. They have adopted the 

ideals of men, they have urged women to become second-rate men, they have 

declared that the healthy natural woman disregards the presence of her 

menstrual functions. This is the very reverse of the truth. "They claim," 

remarks Engelmann, "that woman in her natural state is the physical equal 

of man, and constantly point to the primitive woman, the female of savage 

peoples, as an example of this supposed axiom. Do they know how well this 

same savage is aware of the weakness of woman and her susceptibility at 

certain periods of her life? And with what care he protects her from harm 

at these periods? I believe not. The importance of surrounding women with 

certain precautions during the height of these great functional waves of 

her existence was appreciated by all peoples living in an approximately 

natural state, by all races at all times; and among their comparatively 

few religious customs this one, affording rest to women, was most 

persistently adhered to." It is among the white races alone that the 

sexual invalidism of women prevails, and it is the white races alone, 

which, outgrowing the religious ideas with which the menstrual seclusion 

of women was associated, have flung away that beneficent seclusion itself, 

throwing away the baby with the bath in an almost literal sense.[28] 

 

In Germany Tobler has investigated the menstrual histories of 

over one thousand women (_Monatsschrift fuer Geburtshuelfe und 

Gynaekologie_, July, 1905). He finds that in the great majority of 

women at the present day menstruation is associated with 

distinct deterioration of the general health, and diminution of 

functional energy. In 26 per cent. local pain, general malaise, 

and mental and nervous anomalies coexisted; in larger proportion 

come the cases in which local pain, general weak health or 

psychic abnormality was experienced alone at this period. In 16 

per cent. only none of these symptoms were experienced. In a very 

small separate group the physical and mental functions were 

stronger during this period, but in half of these cases there was 

distinct disturbance during the intermenstrual period. Tobler 

concludes that, while menstruation itself is physiological, all 

these disturbances are pathological. 

 

As far as England is concerned, at a discussion of normal and 

painful menstruation at a meeting of the British Association of 

Registered Medical Women on the 7th of July, 1908, it was stated 

by Miss Bentham that 50 per cent. of girls in good position 

suffered from painful menstruation. Mrs. Dunnett said it usually 

occurred between the ages of twenty-four and thirty, being 

frequently due to neglect to rest during menstruation in the 

earlier years, and Mrs. Grainger Evans had found that this 

condition was very common among elementary school teachers who 

had worked hard for examinations during early girlhood. 

 

In America various investigations have been carried out, showing 

the prevalence of disturbance in the sexual health of school 

girls and young women. Thus Dr. Helen P. Kennedy obtained 

elaborate data concerning the menstrual life of one hundred and 

twenty-five high school girls of the average age of eighteen 

("Effect of High School Work upon Girls During Adolescence," 

_Pedagogical Seminary_, June, 1896). Only twenty-eight felt no 

pain during the period; half the total number experienced 


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