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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

moral capitals in Europe." The movement towards freedom in this 

matter has been evidenced in recent years by the abandonment of 

the system of regulation by Denmark in 1906. 

 

Even the most ardent advocates of the registration of prostitutes 

recognize that not only is the tendency of civilization opposed rather 

than favorable to the system, but that in the numerous countries where the 

system persists registered prostitutes are losing ground in the struggle 

against clandestine prostitutes. Even in France, the classic land of 

police-controlled prostitutes, the "maisons de tolerance" have long been 

steadily decreasing in number, by no means because prostitution is 

decreasing but because low-class _brasseries_ and small _cafes-chantants_, 

which are really unlicensed brothels, are taking their place.[160] 

 

The wholesale regularization of prostitution in civilized centres is 

nowadays, indeed, advocated by few, if any, of the authorities who belong 

to the newer school. It is at most claimed as desirable in certain places 

under special circumstances.[161] Even those who would still be glad to 

see prostitution thoroughly in the control of the police now recognize 

that experience shows this to be impossible. As many girls begin their 

career as prostitutes at a very early age, a sound system of regulation 

should be prepared to enroll as permanent prostitutes even girls who are 

little more than children. That, however, is a logical conclusion against 

which the moral sense, and even the common sense, of a community 

instinctively revolts. In Paris girls may not be inscribed as prostitutes 

until they have reached the age of sixteen and some consider even that age 

too low.[162] Moreover, whenever she becomes diseased, or grows tired of 

her position, the registered woman may always slip out of the hands of the 

police and establish herself elsewhere as a clandestine prostitute. Every 

rigid attempt to keep prostitution within the police ring leads to 

offensive interference with the actions and the freedom of respectable 

women which cannot fail to be intolerable in any free community. Even in a 

city like London, where prostitution is relatively free, the supervision 

of the police has led to scandalous police charges against women who have 

done nothing whatever which should legitimately arouse suspicion of their 

behavior. The escape of the infected woman from the police cordon has, it 

is obvious, an effect in raising the apparent level of health of 

registered women, and the police statistics are still further fallaciously 

improved by the fact that the inmates of brothels are older on the average 

than clandestine prostitutes and have become immune to disease.[163] These 

facts are now becoming fairly obvious and well recognized. The state 

regulation of prostitution is undesirable, on moral grounds for the 

oft-emphasized reason that it is only applied to one sex, and on practical 

grounds because it is ineffective. Society allows the police to harass the 

prostitute with petty persecutions under the guise of charges of 

"solicitation," "disorderly conduct," etc., but it is no longer convinced 

that she ought to be under the absolute control of the police. 

 

The problem of prostitution, when we look at it narrowly, seems to be in 

the same position to-day as at any time in the course of the past three 

thousand years. In order, however, to comprehend the real significance of 

prostitution, and to attain a reasonable attitude towards it, we must look 

at it from a broader point of view; we must consider not only its 

evolution and history, but its causes and its relation to the wider 


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