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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

from extreme sexual hyperaesthesia and concentration of thought on 

sexual subjects, notwithstanding a strong will and the resolve 

not to masturbate or indulge in illicit intercourse. In another 

case a vigorous and healthy man, not inverted, and with strong 

sexual desires, who remained abstinent up to marriage, suffers 

from psychic impotence, and his wife remains a virgin 

notwithstanding all her affection and caresses. Ord considered 

that sexual abstinence might produce many minor evils. "Most of 

us," he wrote (_British Medical Journal_, Aug. 2, 1884) "have, no 

doubt, been consulted by men, chaste in act, who are tormented by 

sexual excitement. They tell one stories of long-continued local 

excitement, followed by intense muscular weariness, or by severe 

aching pain in the back and legs. In some I have had complaints 

of swelling and stiffness in the legs, and of pains in the 

joints, particularly in the knees;" he gives the case of a man 

who suffered after prolonged chastity from inflammatory 

conditions of knees and was only cured by marriage. Pearce 

Gould, it may be added, finds that "excessive ungratified sexual 

desire" is one of the causes of acute orchitis. Remondino ("Some 

Observations on Continence as a Factor in Health and Disease," 

_Pacific Medical Journal_, Jan., 1900) records the case of a 

gentleman of nearly seventy who, during the prolonged illness of 

his wife, suffered from frequent and extreme priapism, causing 

insomnia. He was very certain that his troubles were not due to 

his continence, but all treatment failed and there were no 

spontaneous emissions. At last Remondino advised him to, as he 

expresses it, "imitate Solomon." He did so, and all the symptoms 

at once disappeared. This case is of special interest, because 

the symptoms were not accompanied by any conscious sexual desire. 

It is no longer generally believed that sexual abstinence tends 

to produce insanity, and the occasional cases in which prolonged 

and intense sexual desire in young women is followed by insanity 

will usually be found to occur on a basis of hereditary 

degeneration. It is held by many authorities, however, that minor 

mental troubles, of a more or less vague character, as well as 

neurasthenia and hysteria, are by no means infrequently due to 

sexual abstinence. Thus Freud, who has carefully studied 

angstneurosis, the obsession of anxiety, finds that it is a 

result of sexual abstinence, and may indeed be considered as a 

vicarious form of such abstinence (Freud, _Sammlung Kleiner 

Schriften zur Neurosenlehre_, 1906, pp. 76 et seq.). 

 

 

The whole subject of sexual abstinence has been discussed at 

length by Nystroem, of Stockholm, in _Das Geschlechtsleben und 

seine Gesetze_, Ch. III. He concludes that it is desirable that 

continence should be preserved as long as possible in order to 

strengthen the physical health and to develop the intelligence 

and character. The doctrine of permanent sexual abstinence, 

however, he regards as entirely false, except in the case of a 

small number of religious or philosophic persons. "Complete 

abstinence during a long period of years cannot be borne without 

producing serious results both on the body and the mind.... 

Certainly, a young man should repress his sexual impulses as long 

as possible and avoid everything that may artificially act as a 

sexual stimulant. If, however, he has done so, and still suffers 

from unsatisfied normal sexual desires, and if he sees no 


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