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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

element of unreality is thus introduced into a matter of the gravest 

concern alike to the individual and to society. Artificial disputes have 

been introduced where no matter of real dispute need exist. A contest has 

been carried on marked by all the ferocity which marks contests about 

metaphysical or pseudo-metaphysical differences having no concrete basis 

in the actual world. As will happen in such cases, there has, after all, 

been no real difference between the disputants because the point they 

quarreled over was unreal. In truth each side was right and each side was 

wrong. 

 

It is necessary, we see, that the balance should be held even. An absolute 

license is bad; an absolute abstinence--even though some by nature or 

circumstances are urgently called to adopt it--is also bad. They are both 

alike away from the gracious equilibrium of Nature. And the force, we see, 

which naturally holds this balance even is the biological fact that the 

act of sexual union is the satisfaction of the erotic needs, not of one 

person, but of two persons. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[92] This view was an ambiguous improvement on the view, universally 

prevalent, as Westermarck has shown, among primitive peoples, that the 

sexual act involves indignity to a woman or depreciation of her only in so 

far as she is the property of another person who is the really injured 

party. 

 

[93] This implicit contradiction has been acutely pointed out from the 

religious side by the Rev. H. Northcote, _Christianity and Sex Problems_, 

p. 53. 

 

[94] It has already been necessary to discuss this point briefly in "The 

Sexual Impulse in Women," vol. iii of these _Studies_. 

 

[95] "Die Abstinentia Sexualis," _Zeitschrift fuer Sexualwissenschaft_, 

Nov., 1908. 

 

[96] P. Janet, "La Maladie du Scrupule," _Revue Philosophique_, May, 1901. 

 

[97] S. Freud, _Sexual-Probleme_, March, 1908. As Adele Schreiber also 

points out (_Mutterschutz_, Jan., 1907, p. 30), it is not enough to prove 

that abstinence is not dangerous; we have to remember that the spiritual 

and physical energy used up in repressing this mighty instinct often 

reduces a joyous and energetic nature to a weary and faded shadow. 

Similarly, Helene Stoecker (_Die Liebe und die Frauen_, p. 105) says: "The 

question whether abstinence is harmful is, to say the truth, a ridiculous 

question. One needs to be no nervous specialist to know, as a matter of 

course, that a life of happy love and marriage is the healthy life, and 

its complete absence cannot fail to lead to severe psychic depression, 

even if no direct physiological disturbances can be demonstrated." 

 

[98] Max Flesch, "Ehe, Hygine und Sexuelle Moral," _Mutterschutz_, 1905, 

Heft 7. 

 

[99] See the Section on Touch in the fourth volume of these _Studies_. 

 

[100] "I have had two years' close experience and connexion with the 

Trappists," wrote Dr. Butterfield, of Natal (_British Medical Journal_, 

Sept. 15, 1906, p. 668), "both as medical attendant and as being a 

Catholic in creed myself. I have studied them and investigated their life, 

habits and diet, and though I should be very backward in adopting it 

myself, as not suited to me individually, the great bulk of them are in 

absolute ideal health and strength, seldom ailing, capable of vast work, 

mental and physical. Their life is very simple and very regular. A 

healthier body of men and women, with perfect equanimity of temper--this 

latter I lay great stress on--it would be difficult to find. Health beams 

in their eyes and countenance and actions. Only in sickness or prolonged 

journeys are they allowed any strong foods--meats, eggs, etc.--or any 


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