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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

development of face. Brachycephaly predominated (seventeen 

cases); the rest were mesaticephalic; there were no 

dolichocephals. Abnormalities in shape of the skull were 

numerous, and twenty-nine had defective ears. Four were 

demonstrably insane, and one was an epileptic (H.C.B. Alexander, 

"Physical Abnormalities in Prostitutes," Chicago Academy of 

Medicine, April, 1893; E.S. Talbot, _Degeneracy_, p. 320; _Id., 

Irregularities of the Teeth_, fourth edition, p. 141). 

 

It would seem, on the whole, so far as the evidence at present goes, that 

prostitutes are not quite normal representatives of the ranks into which 

they were born. There has been a process of selection of individuals who 

slightly deviate congenitally from the normal average and are, 

correspondingly, slightly inapt for normal life.[188] The psychic 

characteristics which accompany such deviation are not always necessarily 

of an obviously unfavorable nature; the slightly neurotic girl of low 

class birth--disinclined for hard work, through defective energy, and 

perhaps greedy and selfish--may even seem to possess a refinement superior 

to her station. While, however, there is a tendency to anomaly among 

prostitutes, it must be clearly recognized that that tendency remains 

slight so long as we consider impartially the whole class of prostitutes. 

Those investigators who have reached the conclusion that prostitutes are a 

highly degenerate and abnormal class have only observed special groups of 

prostitutes, more especially those who are frequently found in prison. It 

is not possible to form a just conception of prostitutes by studying them 

only in prison, any more than it would be possible to form a just 

conception of clergymen, doctors, or lawyers by studying them exclusively 

in prison, and this remains true even although a much larger proportion of 

prostitutes than of members of the more reputable professions pass through 

prisons; that fact no doubt partly indicates the greater abnormality of 

prostitutes. 

 

It has, of course, to be remembered that the special conditions of the 

lives of prostitutes tend to cause in them the appearance of certain 

professional characteristics which are entirely acquired and not 

congenital. In that way we may account for the gradual modification of the 

feminine secondary and tertiary sexual characters, and the appearance of 

masculine characters, such as the frequent deep voice, etc.[189] But with 

all due allowance for these acquired characters, it remains true that such 

comparative investigations as have so far been made, although 

inconclusive, seem to indicate that, even apart from the prevalence of 

acquired anomalies, the professional selection of their avocation tends to 

separate out from the general population of the same social class, 

individuals who possess anthropometrical characters varying in a definite 

direction. The observations thus made seem, in this way, to indicate that 

prostitutes tend to be in weight over the average, though not in stature, 

that in length of arm they are inferior though the hands are longer (this 

has been found alike in Italy and Russia); they have smaller ankles and 

larger calves, and still larger thighs in proportion to their large 

calves. The estimated skull capacity and the skull circumference and 

diameters are somewhat below the normal, not only when compared with 

respectable women but also with thieves; there is a tendency to 

brachycephaly (both in Italy and Russia); the cheek-bones are usually 

prominent and the jaws developed; the hair is darker than in respectable 

women though less so than in thieves; it is also unusually abundant, not 


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