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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

by F. Schiller,[204] that with the development of civilization the supply 

of prostitutes tends to outgrow the demand. 

 

Charles Booth seems to be of the same opinion, and quotes (_Life 

and Labor of the People_, Third Series, vol. vii, p. 364) from a 

Rescue Committee Report: "The popular idea is, that these women 

are eager to leave a life of sin. The plain and simple truth is 

that, for the most part, they have no desire at all to be 

rescued. So many of these women do not, and will not, regard 

prostitution as a sin. 'I am taken out to dinner and to some 

place of amusement every night; why should I give it up?'" 

Merrick, who found that five per cent. of 14,000 prostitutes who 

passed through Millbank Prison, were accustomed to combine 

religious observance with the practice of their profession, also 

remarks in regard to their feelings about morality: "I am 

convinced that there are many poor men and women who do not in 

the least understand what is implied in the term 'immorality.' 

Out of courtesy to you, they may assent to what you say, but they 

do not comprehend your meaning when you talk of virtue or purity; 

you are simply talking over their heads" (Merrick, op. cit., p. 

28). The same attitude may be found among prostitutes everywhere. 

In Italy Ferriani mentions a girl of fifteen who, when accused of 

indecency with a man in a public garden, denied with tears and 

much indignation. He finally induced her to confess, and then 

asked her: "Why did you try to make me believe you were a good 

girl?" She hesitated, smiled, and said: "Because _they say_ girls 

ought not to do what I do, but ought to work. But I am what I am, 

and it is no concern of theirs." This attitude is often more than 

an instinctive feeling; in intelligent prostitutes it frequently 

becomes a reasoned conviction. "I can bear everything, if so it 

must be," wrote the author of the _Tagebuch einer Verlorenen_ (p. 

291), "even serious and honorable contempt, but I cannot bear 

scorn. Contempt--yes, if it is justified. If a poor and pretty 

girl with sick and bitter heart stands alone in life, cast off, 

with temptations and seductions offering on every side, and, in 

spite of that, out of inner conviction she chooses the grey and 

monotonous path of renunciation and middle-class morality, I 

recognize in that girl a personality, who has a certain 

justification in looking down with contemptuous pity on weaker 

girls. But those geese who, under the eyes of their shepherds and 

life-long owners, have always been pastured in smooth green 

fields, have certainly no right to laugh scornfully at others who 

have not been so fortunate." Nor must it be supposed that there 

is necessarily any sophistry in the prostitute's justification of 

herself. Some of our best thinkers and observers have reached a 

conclusion that is not dissimilar. "The actual conditions of 

society are opposed to any high moral feeling in women," Marro 

observes (_La Puberta_, p. 462), "for between those who sell 

themselves to prostitution and those who sell themselves to 

marriage, the only difference is in price and duration of the 

contract." 

 

We have already seen how very large a part in prostitution is furnished by 

those who have left domestic service to adopt this life (_ante_ p. 264). 

It is not difficult to find in this fact evidence of the kind of impulse 

which impels a woman to adopt the career of prostitution. "The servant, in 


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