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THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.1
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.2
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.3
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.4
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.5
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.6
FOOTNOTES
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.1
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.2
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.3
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.4
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.5
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.6
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.7
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.8
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.9
MARRIAGE-10.1
MARRIAGE-10.2
MARRIAGE-10.3
MARRIAGE-10.4
MARRIAGE-10.5
MARRIAGE-10.6
MARRIAGE-10.7
MARRIAGE-10.8
MARRIAGE-10.9
MARRIAGE-10.10
MARRIAGE-10.11
MARRIAGE-10.12
FOOTNOTES
THE ART OF LOVE-11.1
THE ART OF LOVE-11.2
THE ART OF LOVE-11.3
THE ART OF LOVE-11.4
THE ART OF LOVE-11.5
THE ART OF LOVE-11.6
THE ART OF LOVE-11.7
THE ART OF LOVE-11.8
THE ART OF LOVE-11.9
THE ART OF LOVE-11.10
THE ART OF LOVE-11.11
FOOTNOTES
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.1
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.2
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.3
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.4
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.5
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.6
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.7
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.8
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.9
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civilized morality is moving. 

 

It is sometimes said, or at least implied, that in this movement women are 

taking only a passive part, and that the initiative lies with men who are 

probably animated by a desire to escape the responsibilities of marriage. 

This is very far from being the case. 

 

The active part taken by German girls in sexual matters is 

referred to again and again by the Lutheran pastors in their 

elaborate and detailed report. Of the Dantzig district it is said 

"the young girls give themselves to the youths, or even seduce 

them." The military manoeuvres are frequently a source of 

unchastity in rural districts. "The fault is not merely with the 

soldiers, but chiefly with the girls, who become half mad as soon 

as they see a soldier," it is reported from the Dresden district. 

And in summarizing conditions in East Germany the report states: 

"In sexual wantonness girls are not behind the young men; they 

allow themselves to be seduced only too willingly; even grown-up 

girls often go with half-grown youths, and girls frequently give 

themselves to several men, one after the other. It is by no means 

always the youth who effects the seduction, it is very frequently 

the girls who entice the youth to sexual intercourse; they do not 

always wait till the men come to their rooms, but will go to the 

men's rooms and await them in their beds. With this inclination 

to sexual intercourse, it is not surprising that many believe 

that after sixteen no girl is a virgin. Unchastity among the 

rural laboring classes is universal, and equally pronounced in 

both sexes" (op. cit., vol. i, 218). 

 

Among women of the educated classes the conditions are somewhat 

different. Restraints, both internal and external, are very much 

greater. Virginity, at all events in its physical fact, is 

retained, for the most part, till long past girlhood, and when it 

is lost that loss is concealed with a scrupulous care and 

prudence unknown to the working-classes. Yet the fundamental 

tendencies remain the same. So far as England is concerned, 

Geoffrey Mortimer quite truly writes (_Chapters on Human Love_, 

1898, p. 117) that the two groups of (1) women who live in 

constant secret association with a single lover, and (2) women 

who give themselves to men, without fear, from the force of their 

passions, are "much larger than is generally supposed. In all 

classes of society there are women who are only virgins by 

repute. Many have borne children without being even suspected of 

cohabitation; but the majority adopt methods of preventing 

conception. A doctor in a small provincial town declared to me 

that such irregular intimacies were the rule, and not by any 

means the exception in his district." As regards Germany, a lady 

doctor, Frau Adams-Lehmann, states in a volume of the 

Transactions of the German Society for Combating Venereal Disease 

(_Sexualpaedagogik_, p. 271): "I can say that during consultation 

hours I see very few virgins over thirty. These women," she adds, 

"are sensible, courageous and natural, often the best of their 

sex; and we ought to give them our moral support. They are 

working towards a new age." 

 

It is frequently stated that the pronounced tendency witnessed at the 

present time to dispense as long as possible with the formal ceremony of 

binding marriage is unfortunate because it places women in a 

disadvantageous position. In so far as the social environment in which she 


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