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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

heroism of passion! She needs must follow the delicious rule which the law 

of the world has dictated. That intoxicating part, which she knows so 

well, which everything recalls, which the day inspires and the night 

commands, what young, sensitive, loving woman can imagine that she shall 

not play it?" But when the actual drama of love begins to unroll before 

her, and she realizes the true nature of the "intoxicating part" she has 

to play, then, it has often happened, the case is altered; she finds 

herself altogether unprepared, and is overcome with terror and alarm. All 

the felicity of her married life may then hang on a few chances, her 

husband's skill and consideration, her own presence of mind. Hirschfeld 

records the case of an innocent young girl of seventeen--in this case, it 

eventually proved, an invert--who was persuaded to marry but on 

discovering what marriage meant energetically resisted her husband's 

sexual approaches. He appealed to her mother to explain to her daughter 

the nature of "wifely duties." But the young wife replied to her mother's 

expostulations, "If that is my wifely duty then it was your parental duty 

to have told me beforehand, for, if I had known, I should never have 

married." The husband in this case, much in love with his wife, sought for 

eight years to over-persuade her, but in vain, and a separation finally 

took place.[36] That, no doubt, is an extreme case, but how many innocent 

young inverted girls never realize their true nature until after marriage, 

and how many perfectly normal girls are so shocked by the too sudden 

initiation of marriage that their beautiful early dreams of love never 

develop slowly and wholesomely into the acceptance of its still more 

beautiful realities? 

 

Before the age of puberty it would seem that the sexual initiation of the 

child--apart from such scientific information as would form part of school 

courses in botany and zooelogy--should be the exclusive privilege of the 

mother, or whomever it may be to whom the mother's duties are delegated. 

At puberty more authoritative and precise advice is desirable than the 

mother may be able or willing to give. It is at this age that she should 

put into her son's or daughter's hands some one or other of the very 

numerous manuals to which reference has already been made (page 53), 

expounding the physical and moral aspects of the sexual life and the 

principles of sexual hygiene. The boy or girl is already, we may take it, 

acquainted with the facts of motherhood, and the origin of babies, as well 

as, more or less precisely, with the father's part in their procreation. 

Whatever manual is now placed in his or her hands should at least deal 

summarily, but definitely, with the sexual relationship, and should also 

comment, warningly but in no alarmist spirit, with the chief auto-erotic 

phenomena, and by no means exclusively with masturbation. Nothing but good 

can come of the use of such a manual, if it has been wisely selected; it 

will supplant what the mother has already done, what the teacher may still 

be doing, and what later may be done by private interview with a doctor. 

It has indeed been argued that the boy or girl to whom such literature is 

presented will merely make it an opportunity for morbid revelry and 

sensual enjoyment. It can well be believed that this may sometimes happen 

with boys or girls from whom all sexual facts have always been 

mysteriously veiled, and that when at last they find the opportunity of 

gratifying their long-repressed and perfectly natural curiosity they are 

overcome by the excitement of the event. It could not happen to children 


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