A Plea for the Younger Generation: An Intimate Talk on the Vital Question of Telling the Truth to Children from an Altogether Human and Utterly Unscientific Point of View

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George H. Doran Company, 1913 - Sex instruction - 74 pages
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Page 73 - The education of the public is most necessary. Exhibits carefully and accurately prepared, lectures, newspaper articles, pamphlets, plays and small study-clubs are the chief instruments in spreading the principles of sex education. A few weeks ago, largely through the efforts of a few members of this...
Page 16 - Hamilton makes a plea for divine inspiration in dealing with this question : " Put God back into your schools, I beseech you, you scientists and teachers and professors, and when you teach boys and girls the facts you hide behind the high-sounding names Sex Hygiene and Sanitary and Moral Prophylaxis, begin with the story of the Christ baby and end with the description of the weeping mother at the foot of the Cross. Don't teach sex hygiene by drawing analogies between human nature and that of animals,...
Page 68 - ... the child and the parent. A lack of responsibility and ignorance of how to proceed often prevents parents from frank explanations to their children. Cosmo Hamilton says that men are too self-conscious to take their sons into their confidence and talk to them as they would talk to their friends, and women too nervous and too conventional and perhaps a little too distrustful to be able to disclose the great secret to their little girls. He makes a plea for divine inspiration in dealing with this...
Page 68 - ... before, should be left to those who have the greatest right to speak and inspire, the parents. We should not interfere between the child and the parent. A lack of responsibility and ignorance of how to proceed often prevents parents from frank explanations to their children. Cosmo Hamilton says that men are too self-conscious to take their sons into their confidence and talk to them as they would talk to their friends, and women too nervous and too conventional and perhaps a little too distrustful...
Page 16 - Don't teach sex hygiene by drawing analogies between human nature and that of animals and thus send boys and girls loose upon the world to imitate the animals if they choose. Let them start with the wonderful and beautiful fact that their gifts of life-bearing and life-giving are divine gifts. Touch their imaginations, feed their hunger for idealism ; in a word treat them as children and not as machines, as human beings so young that their minds are sick for the company of the fairies, for the beauty...

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