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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

care, releases it from slavery, quickens it, and makes it bolder for all 

undertakings." The Romans were a sterner and more serious people than the 

Greeks, but on that very account they recognized the necessity of 

occasionally relaxing their moral fibres in order to preserve their tone, 

and encouraged the prevalence of festivals which were marked by much more 

abandonment than those of Greece. When these festivals began to lose 

their moral sanction and to fall into decay the decadence of Rome had 

begun. 

 

All over the world, and not excepting the most primitive savages--for even 

savage life is built up on systematic constraints which sometimes need 

relaxation--the principle of the orgy is recognized and accepted. Thus 

Spencer and Gillen describe[111] the Nathagura or fire-ceremony of the 

Warramunga tribe of Central Australia, a festival taken part in by both 

sexes, in which all the ordinary rules of social life are broken, a kind 

of Saturnalia in which, however, there is no sexual license, for sexual 

license is, it need scarcely be said, no essential part of the orgy, even 

when the orgy lightens the burden of sexual constraints. In a widely 

different part of the world, in British Columbia, the Salish Indians, 

according to Hill Tout,[112] believed that, long before the whites came, 

their ancestors observed a Sabbath or seventh day ceremony for dancing and 

praying, assembling at sunrise and dancing till noon. The Sabbath, or 

periodically recurring orgy,--not a day of tension and constraint but a 

festival of joy, a rest from all the duties of everyday life,--has, as we 

know, formed an essential part of many of the orderly ancient 

civilizations on which our own has been built;[113] it is highly probable 

that the stability of these ancient civilizations was intimately 

associated with their recognition of the need of a Sabbath orgy. Such 

festivals are, indeed, as Crawley observes, processes of purification and 

reinvigoration, the effort to put off "the old man" and put on "the new 

man," to enter with fresh energy on the path of everyday life.[114] 

 

The orgy is an institution which by no means has its significance only for 

the past. On the contrary, the high tension, the rigid routine, the gray 

monotony of modern life insistently call for moments of organic relief, 

though the precise form that that orgiastic relief takes must necessarily 

change with other social changes. As Wilhelm von Humboldt said, "just as 

men need suffering in order to become strong so they need joy in order to 

become good." Charles Wagner, insisting more recently (in his _Jeunesse_) 

on the same need of joy in our modern life, regrets that dancing in the 

old, free, and natural manner has gone out of fashion or become 

unwholesome. Dancing is indeed the most fundamental and primitive form of 

the orgy, and that which most completely and healthfully fulfils its 

object. For while it is undoubtedly, as we see even among animals, a 

process by which sexual tumescence is accomplished,[115] it by no means 

necessarily becomes focused in sexual detumescence but it may itself 

become a detumescent discharge of accumulated energy. It was on this 

account that, at all events in former days, the clergy in Spain, on moral 

grounds, openly encouraged the national passion for dancing. Among 

cultured people in modern times, the orgy tends to take on a purely 

cerebral form, which is less wholesome because it fails to lead to 

harmonious discharge along motor channels. In these comparatively passive 

forms, however, the orgy tends to become more and more pronounced under 

the conditions of civilization. Aristotle's famous statement concerning 


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