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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

with London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, 

asserts that a handsome or even attractive-looking prostitute, is 

rare, and that the general average of beauty is lower than in any 

other class of women. "Whatever other evils," he remarks, "the 

fatal power of beauty may be responsible for, it has nothing to 

do with prostitution" (Woods Hutchinson, "The Economics of 

Prostitution," _American Gynaecological and Obstetric Journal_, 

September, 1895). It must, of course, be borne in mind that these 

estimates are liable to be vitiated through being based chiefly 

on the inspection of women who most obviously belong to the class 

of prostitutes and have already been coarsened by their 

profession. 

 

If we may conclude--and the fact is probably undisputed--that 

beautiful, agreeable, and harmoniously formed faces are rare 

rather than common among prostitutes, we may certainly say that 

minute examination will reveal a large number of physical 

abnormalities. One of the earliest important physical 

investigations of prostitutes was that of Dr. Pauline Tarnowsky 

in Russia (first published in the _Vratch_ in 1887, and 

afterwards as _Etudes anthropometriques sur les Prostituees et 

les Voleuses_). She examined fifty St. Petersburg prostitutes who 

had been inmates of a brothel for not less than two years, and 

also fifty peasant women of, so far as possible, the same age and 

mental development. She found that (1) the prostitute showed 

shorter anterior-posterior and transverse diameters of skull; (2) 

a proportion equal to eighty-four per cent. showed various signs 

of physical degeneration (irregular skull, asymmetry of face, 

anomalies of hard palate, teeth, ears, etc.). This tendency to 

anomaly among the prostitutes was to some extent explained when 

it was found that about four-fifths of them had parents who were 

habitual drunkards, and nearly one-fifth were the last survivors 

of large families; such families have been often produced by 

degenerate parents. 

 

The frequency of hereditary degeneration has been noted by 

Bonhoeffer among German prostitutes. He investigated 190 Breslau 

prostitutes in prison, and therefore of a more abnormal class 

than ordinary prostitutes, and found that 102 were hereditarily 

degenerate, and mostly with one or both parents who were 

drunkards; 53 also showed feeble-mindedness (_Zeitschrift fuer die 

Gesamte Strafwissenschaft_, Bd. xxiii, p. 106). 

 

The most detailed examinations of ordinary non-criminal 

prostitutes, both anthropometrically and as regards the 

prevalence of anomalies, have been made in Italy, though not on a 

sufficiently large number of subjects to yield absolutely 

decisive results. Thus Fornasari made a detailed examination of 

sixty prostitutes belonging chiefly to Emilia and Venice, and 

also of twenty-seven others belonging to Bologna, the latter 

group being compared with a third group of twenty normal women 

belonging to Bologna (_Archivio di Psichiatria_, 1892, fasc. VI). 

The prostitutes were found to be of lower type than the normal 

individuals, having smaller heads and larger faces. As the author 

himself points out, his subjects were not sufficiently numerous 

to justify far-reaching generalizations, but it may be worth 

while to summarize some of his results. At equal heights the 

prostitutes showed greater weight; at equal ages they were of 

shorter stature than other women, not only of well-to-do, but of 


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