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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 function of tragedy as "purgation" seems to be a recognition of the 

beneficial effects of the orgy.[116] Wagner's music-dramas appeal 

powerfully to this need; the theatre, now as ever, fulfils a great 

function of the same kind, inherited from the ancient days when it was the 

ordered expression of a sexual festival.[117] The theatre, indeed, tends 

at the present time to assume a larger importance and to approximate to 

the more serious dramatic performances of classic days by being 

transferred to the day-time and the open-air. France has especially taken 

the initiative in these performances, analogous to the Dionysiac festivals 

of antiquity and the Mysteries and Moralities of the Middle Ages. The 

movement began some years ago at Orange. In 1907 there were, in France, as 

many as thirty open-air theatres ("Theatres de la Nature," "Theatres du 

Soleil," etc.,) while it is in Marseilles that the first formal open-air 

theatre has been erected since classic days.[118] In England, likewise, 

there has been a great extension of popular interest in dramatic 

performances, and the newly instituted Pageants, carried out and taken 

part in by the population of the region commemorated in the Pageant, are 

festivals of the same character. In England, however, at the present time, 

the real popular orgiastic festivals are the Bank holidays, with which may 

be associated the more occasional celebrations, "Maffekings," etc., often 

called out by comparatively insignificant national events but still 

adequate to arouse orgiastic emotions as genuine as those of antiquity, 

though they are lacking in beauty and religious consecration. It is easy 

indeed for the narrowly austere person to view such manifestations with a 

supercilious smile, but in the eyes of the moralist and the philosopher 

these orgiastic festivals exert a salutary and preservative function. In 

every age of dull and monotonous routine--and all civilization involves 

such routine--many natural impulses and functions tend to become 

suppressed, atrophied, or perverted. They need these moments of joyous 

exercise and expression, moments in which they may not necessarily attain 

their full activity but in which they will at all events be able, as 

Cyples expresses it, to rehearse their great possibilities.[119] 

 

 


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