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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 late Dr. Clarke, in his _Sex in Education_, advised menstrual rest for 

girls, and thereby aroused a violent opposition which would certainly not 

be found nowadays, when the special risks of womanhood are becoming more 

clearly understood. 

 

[28] For a summary of the physical and mental phenomena of the menstrual 

period, see Havelock Ellis: _Man and Woman_, Ch. XI. The primitive 

conception of menstruation is briefly discussed in Appendix A to the first 

volume of these _Studies_, and more elaborately by J.G. Frazer in _The 

Golden Bough_. A large collection of facts with regard to the menstrual 

seclusion of women throughout the world will be found in Ploss and 

Bartels, _Das Weib_. The pubertal seclusion of girls at Torres Straits has 

been especially studied by Seligmann, _Reports Anthropological Expedition 

to Torres Straits_, vol. v, Ch. VI. 

 

[29] Thus Miss Lura Sanborn, Director of Physical Training at the Chicago 

Normal School, found that a bath once a fortnight was not unusual. At the 

menstrual period especially there is still a superstitious dread of water. 

Girls should always be taught that at this period, above all, cleanliness 

is imperatively necessary. There should be a tepid hip bath night and 

morning, and a vaginal douche (which should never be cold) is always 

advantageous, both for comfort as well as cleanliness. There is not the 

slightest reason to dread water during menstruation. This point was 

discussed a few years ago in the _British Medical Journal_ with complete 

unanimity of opinion. A distinguished American obstetrician, also, Dr. J. 

Clifton Edgar, after a careful study of opinion and practice in this 

matter ("Bathing During the Menstrual Period," _American Journal 

Obstetrics_, Sept., 1900), concludes that it is possible and beneficial to 

take cold baths (though not sea-baths) during the period, provided due 

precautions are observed, and that there are no sudden changes of habits. 

Such a course should not be indiscriminately adopted, but there can be no 

doubt that in sturdy peasant women who are inured to it early in life even 

prolonged immersion in the sea in fishing has no evil results, and is even 

beneficial. Houzel (_Annales de Gynecologie_, Dec., 1894) has published 

statistics of the menstrual life of 123 fisherwomen on the French coast. 

They were accustomed to shrimp for hours at a time in the sea, often to 

above the waist, and then walk about in their wet clothes selling the 

shrimps. They all insisted that their menstruation was easier when they 

were actively at work. Their periods are notably regular, and their 

fertility is high. 

 

[30] J.H. McBride, "The Life and Health of Our Girls in Relation to Their 

Future," _Alienist and Neurologist_, Feb., 1904. 

 

[31] W.G. Chambers, "The Evolution of Ideals," _Pedagogical Seminary_, 

March, 1903; Catherine Dodd, "School Children's Ideals," _National 

Review_, Feb. and Dec., 1900, and June, 1901. No German girls acknowledged 

a wish to be men; they said it would be wicked. Among Flemish girls, 

however, Varendonck found at Ghent (_Archives de Psychologie_, July, 1908) 

that 26 per cent. had men as their ideals. 

 

[32] A. Reibmayr, _Die Entwicklungsgeschichte des Talentes und Genies_, 

1908, Bd. i, p. 70. 

 

[33] R. Hellmann, _Ueber Geschlechtsfreiheit_, p. 14. 

 

[34] This belief seems frequent among young girls in Continental Europe. 

It forms the subject of one of Marcel Prevost's _Lettres de Femmes_. In 

Austria, according to Freud, it is not uncommon, exclusively among girls. 

 

[35] Yet, according to English law, rape is a crime which it is impossible 

for a husband to commit on his wife (see, e.g., Nevill Geary, _The Law of 


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