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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

periods of dreary routine and emotional abstinence. It is a mistake, even, 

to suppose that the attraction of prostitution is inevitably associated 

with the fulfilment of the sexual act. So far is this from being the case 

that the most attractive prostitute may be a woman who, possessing few 

sexual needs of her own, desires to please by the charm of her 

personality; these are among those who most often find good husbands. 

There are many men who are even well content merely to have a few hours' 

free intimacy with an agreeable woman, without any further favor, although 

that may be open to them. For a very large number of men under urban 

conditions of existence the prostitute is ceasing to be the degraded 

instrument of a moment's lustful desire; they seek an agreeable human 

person with whom they may find relaxation from the daily stress or routine 

of life. When an act of prostitution is thus put on a humane basis, 

although it by no means thereby becomes conducive to the best development 

of either party, it at least ceases to be hopelessly degrading. Otherwise 

it would not have been possible for religious prostitution to flourish for 

so long in ancient days among honorable women of good birth on the shores 

of the Mediterranean, even in regions like Lydia, where the position of 

women was peculiarly high.[214] 

 

It is true that the monetary side of prostitution would still exist. But 

it is possible to exaggerate its importance. It must be pointed out that, 

though it is usual to speak of the prostitute as a woman who "sells 

herself," this is rather a crude and inexact way of expressing, in its 

typical form, the relationship of a prostitute to her client. A prostitute 

is not a commodity with a market-price, like a loaf or a leg of mutton. 

She is much more on a level with people belonging to the professional 

classes, who accept fees in return for services rendered; the amount of 

the fee varies, on the one hand in accordance with professional standing, 

on the other hand in accordance with the client's means, and under special 

circumstances may be graciously dispensed with altogether. Prostitution 

places on a venal basis intimate relationships which ought to spring up 

from natural love, and in so doing degrades them. But strictly speaking 

there is in such a case no "sale." To speak of a prostitute "selling 

herself" is scarcely even a pardonable rhetorical exaggeration; it is both 

inexact and unjust.[215] 

 

This tendency in an advanced civilization towards the 

humanization of prostitution is the reverse process, we may note, 

to that which takes place at an earlier stage of civilization 

when the ancient conception of the religious dignity of 

prostitution begins to fall into disrepute. When men cease to 

reverence women who are prostitutes in the service of a goddess 

they set up in their place prostitutes who are merely abject 

slaves, flattering themselves that they are thereby working in 

the cause of "progress" and "morality." On the shores of the 

Mediterranean this process took place more than two thousand 

years ago, and is associated with the name of Solon. To-day we 

may see the same process going on in India. In some parts of 

India (as at Jejuri, near Poonah) first born girls are dedicated 

to Khandoba or other gods; they are married to the god and termed 

_muralis_. They serve in the temple, sweep it, and wash the holy 

vessels, also they dance, sing and prostitute themselves. They 

are forbidden to marry, and they live in the homes of their 

parents, brothers, or sisters; being consecrated to religious 


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