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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
FOOTNOTES
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lives views with disapproval sexual relationship without formal marriage, 

the statement is obviously to that extent true, though it must be 

remarked, on the other hand, that when social opinion strongly favors 

legal marriage it acts as a compelling force in the direction of 

legitimating free unions. But if the absence of the formal marriage bond 

constituted a real and intrinsic disadvantage to women in sexual relations 

they would not show themselves so increasingly ready to dispense with it. 

And, as a matter of fact, those who are intimately acquainted with the 

facts declare that the absence of formal marriage tends to give increased 

consideration to women and is even favorable to fidelity and to the 

prolongation of the union. This seems to be true as regards people of the 

most different social classes and even of different races. It is probably 

based on fundamental psychological facts, for the sense of compulsion 

always tends to produce a movement of exasperation and revolt. We are not 

here concerned with the question as to how far formal marriage also is 

based on natural facts; that is a question which will come up for 

discussion at a later stage. 

 

 

The advantage for women of free sexual unions over compulsory 

marriage is well recognized in the case of the working classes of 

London, among whom sexual relationships before marriage are not 

unusual, and are indulgently regarded. It is, for instance, 

clearly asserted in the monumental work of C. Booth, _Life and 

Labour of the People_. "It is even said of rough laborers," we 

read, for instance, in the final volume of this work (p. 41), 

"that they behave best if not married to the woman with whom they 

live." The evidence on this point is often the more impressive 

because brought forward by people who are very far indeed from 

being anxious to base any general conclusions on it. Thus in the 

same volume a clergyman is quoted as saying: "These people manage 

to live together fairly peaceably so long as they are not 

married, but if they marry it always seems to lead to blows and 

rows." 


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