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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

twenty-five, generally dressed in a sporting style, who always 

came with a pair of live pigeons, which he brought in a basket. 

She and the girl with whom she lived had to undress and take the 

pigeons and wring their necks; he would stand in front of them, 

and as the necks were wrung orgasm occurred. Once a man met her 

in the street and asked her if he might come with her and lick 

her boots. She agreed, and he took her to a hotel, paid half a 

guinea for a room, and, when she sat down, got under the table 

and licked her boots, which were covered with mud; he did nothing 

more. Then there were some things, she said, that were too dirty 

to repeat; well, one man came home with her and her friend and 

made them urinate into his mouth. She also had stories of 

flagellation, generally of men who whipped the girls, more rarely 

of men who liked to be whipped by them. One man, who brought a 

new birch every time, liked to whip her friend until he drew 

blood. She knew another man who would do nothing but smack her 

nates violently. Now all these things, which come into the 

ordinary day's work of the prostitute, are rooted in deep and 

almost irresistible impulses (as will be clear to any reader of 

the discussion of Erotic Symbolism in the previous volume of 

these _Studies_). They must find some outlet. But it is only the 

prostitute who can be relied upon, through her interests and 

training, to overcome the natural repulsion to such actions, and 

gratify desires which, without gratification, might take on other 

and more dangerous forms. 

 

Although Woods Hutchinson quotes with approval the declaration of a 

friend, "Out of thousands I have never seen one with good table manners," 

there is still a real sense in which the prostitute represents, however 

inadequately, the attraction of civilization. "There was no house in 

which I could habitually see a lady's face and hear a lady's voice," wrote 

the novelist Anthony Trollope in his _Autobiography_, concerning his early 

life in London. "No allurement to decent respectability came in my way. It 

seems to me that in such circumstances the temptations of loose life will 

almost certainly prevail with a young man. The temptation at any rate 

prevailed with me." In every great city, it has been said, there are 

thousands of men who have no right to call any woman but a barmaid by her 

Christian name.[210] All the brilliant fever of civilization pulses round 

them in the streets but their lips never touch it. It is the prostitute 

who incarnates this fascination of the city, far better than the virginal 

woman, even if intimacy with her were within reach. The prostitute 

represents it because she herself feels it, because she has even 

sacrificed her woman's honor in the effort to identify herself with it. 

She has unbridled feminine instincts, she is a mistress of the feminine 

arts of adornment, she can speak to him concerning the mysteries of 

womanhood and the luxuries of sex with an immediate freedom and knowledge 

the innocent maiden cloistered in her home would be incapable of. She 

appeals to him by no means only because she can gratify the lower desires 

of sex, but also because she is, in her way, an artist, an expert in the 

art of feminine exploitation, a leader of feminine fashions. For she is 

this, and there are, as Simmel has stated in his _Philosophie der Mode_, 

good psychological reasons why she always should be this. Her uncertain 

social position makes all that is conventional and established hateful to 

her, while her temperament makes perpetual novelty delightful. In new 


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