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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

by one sex on the opposite sex, then it is an injustice and provocative of 

revolt. If it is an abstinence from the usual forms of sexuality, replaced 

by more abnormal or more secret forms, then it is simply an unreality 

based on misconception. And if it is merely an external acceptance of 

conventions without any further acceptance, even in act, then it is a 

contemptible farce. These are the forms of chastity which during the past 

two centuries many fine-souled men have vigorously rejected. 

 

The fact that chastity, or asceticism, is a real virtue, with fine uses, 

becomes evident when we realize that it has flourished at all times, in 

connection with all kinds of religions and the most various moral codes. 

We find it pronounced among savages, and the special virtues of 

savagery--hardness, endurance, and bravery--are intimately connected with 

the cultivation of chastity and asceticism.[70] It is true that savages 

seldom have any ideal of chastity in the degraded modern sense, as a state 

of permanent abstinence from sexual relationships having a merit of its 

own apart from any use. They esteem chastity for its values, magical or 

real, as a method of self-control which contributes towards the attainment 

of important ends. The ability to bear pain and restraint is nearly always 

a main element in the initiation of youths at puberty. The custom of 

refraining from sexual intercourse before expeditions of war and hunting, 

and other serious concerns involving great muscular and mental strain, 

whatever the motives assigned, is a sagacious method of economizing 

energy. The extremely widespread habit of avoiding intercourse during 

pregnancy and suckling, again, is an admirable precaution in sexual 

hygiene which it is extremely difficult to obtain the observance of in 

civilization. Savages, also, are perfectly well aware how valuable sexual 

continence is, in combination with fasting and solitude, to acquire the 

aptitude for abnormal spiritual powers. 

 

Thus C. Hill Tout (_Journal Anthropological Institute_, 

Jan.-June, 1905, pp. 143-145) gives an interesting account of the 

self-discipline undergone by those among the Salish Indians of 

British Columbia, who seek to acquire shamanistic powers. The 

psychic effects of such training on these men, says Hill Tout, 

is undoubted. "It enables them to undertake and accomplish feats 

of abnormal strength, agility, and endurance; and gives them at 

times, besides a general exaltation of the senses, undoubted 

clairvoyant and other supernormal mental and bodily powers." At 

the other end of the world, as shown by the _Reports of the 

Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits_ (vol. v, p. 321), 

closely analogous methods of obtaining supernatural powers are 

also customary. 

 

There are fundamental psychological reasons for the wide 

prevalence of asceticism and for the remarkable manner in which 

it involves self-mortification, even acute physical suffering. 

Such pain is an actual psychic stimulant, more especially in 

slightly neurotic persons. This is well illustrated by a young 

woman, a patient of Janet's, who suffered from mental depression 

and was accustomed to find relief by slightly burning her hands 

and feet. She herself clearly understood the nature of her 

actions. "I feel," she said, "that I make an effort when I hold 

my hands on the stove, or when I pour boiling water on my feet; 

it is a violent act and it awakens me: I feel that it is really 

done by myself and not by another.... To make a mental effort by 

itself is too difficult for me; I have to supplement it by 


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