Rational Sex Ethics: A Physiological and Psychological Study of the Sex Lives of Normal Men and Women, with Suggestions for a Rational Sex Hygiene Together with Further Investigations

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Badger, 1916 - Hygiene, Sexual - 352 pages
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Page 337 - Michelet's sickening sentimentality and horrible over-sexuality seemed to me to breathe again from every pseudo-scientific page. But how vast the difference between then and now in my feelings, and in the feelings of every woman who has had to do with the education of girls! Then I was terror-struck lest I, and every other woman with me, were doomed to live as pathological invalids in a universe merciless to woman as a sex.
Page 23 - As a rule, men who have presented a fair exterior of regular and correct living — often the men of good business and social position — the men who, indulging in what they regard as the harmless dissipation of ' sowing their wild oats,' have' entrapped the gonococci or the germs of syphilis.
Page 237 - Children who are distinguished for evincing especial cruelty to animals and playmates may be justly suspected of intensive and premature sexual activity in the erogenous zones; and in a simultaneous prematurity of all sexual impulses, the erogenous sexual activity surely seems to be primary. The absence of the barrier of sympathy carries with it the danger that the connections between cruelty and the erogenous impulses formed in childhood cannot be broken in later life.
Page 140 - ... in which the patients found masturbation beneficial, and such cases might certainly have been enormously increased if there had been any open-eyed desire to discover them. My own observations agree with those of Sudduth, who asserts that "masturbation is, in the main, practiced for its sedative effect on the nervous system. The relaxation that follows the act constitutes its real attraction.
Page 108 - There shall be plain talking," says the Bishop of London; "the time has gone by for whispers and paraphrases. Boys and girls must be told what these great vital facts of life mean, and they must be given the proper knowledge of their bodies and the proper care of them. No abstractions: the only way now is to be frank, man to man.
Page 113 - All the help that one excellent clergyman can give to tempted brethren is this: " Another man is tormented by evil thoughts at night. Let him be directed to cross his arms upon his breast and extend himself as if he were lying in his coffin. Let him endeavour to think of himself as he will be one day stretched in death. If such solemn thoughts do not drive away evil imaginings, let him rise from his bed and lie on the floor.
Page 231 - ... they represent the converted expression of impulses which in a broader sense might be designated as perverse if they could manifest themselves directly in phantasies and acts without deviating from consciousness. The symptoms are therefore partially formed at the cost of abnormal sexuality.
Page 110 - He might be further informed that many of the sicknesses to which we are subject may be traced to this cause, and that many of those complaints set down as nervous debility, much languor and loss of spirit, much feebleness of mind, much dimness of sight, much loss of manly bearing, to which we must add...
Page 336 - Et c'est en faisant peu ou rien que la femme produit les deux trésors de ce monde. Quels? l'enfant, l'homme, la beauté, la force des races. Quels encore? la fleur de l'homme, cette fleur d'arts, de douceur et d'humanité qu'on appelle civilisation. Tout cela est venu, dès l'origine, de la culture délicate, tendre et patiente, que la femme, épouse et mère...
Page 118 - But I have not yet told you the worst. If persisted in, masturbation will not only undermine, but completely overthrow the health. If the body is naturally strong, the mind may give way first, and in extreme cases imbecility and insanity may, and often do come as the inevitable result.

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