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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 women dance round her, no men being present. It was only with 

much difficulty that Angus was enabled to witness the ceremony. 

The girl is then informed in regard to the hygiene of 

menstruation. "Many songs about the relations between men and 

women are sung, and the girl is instructed as to all her duties 

when she becomes a wife.... The girl is taught to be faithful to 

her husband, and to try and bear children. The whole matter is 

looked upon as a matter of course, and not as a thing to be 

ashamed of or to hide, and being thus openly treated of and no 

secrecy made about it, you find in this tribe that the women are 

very virtuous, because the subject of married life has no glamour 

for them. When a woman is pregnant she is again danced; this time 

all the dancers are naked, and she is taught how to behave and 

what to do when the time of her delivery arrives." 

 

Among the Yuman Indians of California, as described by Horatio 

Rust ("A Puberty Ceremony of the Mission Indians," _American 

Anthropologist_, Jan. to March, 1906, p. 28) the girls are at 

puberty prepared for marriage by a ceremony. They are wrapped in 

blankets and placed in a warm pit, where they lie looking very 

happy as they peer out through their covers. For four days and 

nights they lie here (occasionally going away for food), while 

the old women of the tribe dance and sing round the pit 

constantly. At times the old women throw silver coins among the 

crowd to teach the girls to be generous. They also give away 

cloth and wheat, to teach them to be kind to the old and needy; 

and they sow wild seeds broadcast over the girls to cause them to 

be prolific. Finally, all strangers are ordered away, garlands 

are placed on the girls' heads, and they are led to a hillside 

and shown the large and sacred stone, symbolical of the female 

organs of generation and resembling them, which is said to 

protect women. Then grain is thrown over all present, and the 

ceremony is over. 

 

The Thlinkeet Eskimo women were long noted for their fine 

qualities. At puberty they were secluded, sometimes for a whole 

year, being kept in darkness, suffering, and filth. Yet defective 

and unsatisfactory as this initiation was, "Langsdorf suggests," 

says Bancroft (_Native Races of Pacific_, vol. i, p. 110), 

referring to the virtues of the Thlinkeet woman, "that it may be 

during this period of confinement that the foundation of her 

influence is laid; that in modest reserve and meditation her 

character is strengthened, and she comes forth cleansed in mind 

as well as body." 

 

We have lost these ancient and invaluable rites of initiation into manhood 

and womanhood, with their inestimable moral benefits; at the most we have 

merely preserved the shells of initiation in which the core has decayed. 

In time, we cannot doubt, they will be revived in modern forms. At present 

the spiritual initiation of youths and maidens is left to the chances of 

some happy accident, and usually it is of a purely cerebral character 

which cannot be perfectly wholesome, and is at the best absurdly 

incomplete. 

 

This cerebral initiation commonly occurs to the youth through the medium 

of literature. The influence of literature in sexual education thus 

extends, in an incalculable degree, beyond the narrow sphere of manuals on 

sexual hygiene, however admirable and desirable these may be. The greater 

part of literature is more or less distinctly penetrated by erotic and 

auto-erotic conceptions and impulses; nearly all imaginative literature 


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