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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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number of acts of sexual intercourse. 

 

This fact has even led some to advocate the "abolition of 

physical virginity." Thus the German authoress of _Una 

Poenitentium_ (1907), considering that the protection of a woman 

is by no means so well secured by a little piece of membrane as 

by the presence of a true and watchful soul inside, advocates the 

operation of removal of the hymen in childhood. It is undoubtedly 

true that the undue importance attached to the hymen has led to a 

false conception of feminine "honor," and to an unwholesome 

conception of feminine purity. 

 

Custom and law are slowly changing in harmony with changed social 

conditions which no longer demand the subjection of women either in their 

own interests or in the interests of the community. Concomitantly with 

these changes a different ideal of womanly personality is developing. It 

is true that the ancient ideal of the lordship of the husband over the 

wife is still more or less consciously affirmed around us. The husband 

frequently dictates to the wife what avocations she may not pursue, what 

places she may not visit, what people she may not know, what books she may 

not read. He assumes to control her, even in personal matters having no 

direct concern with himself, by virtue of the old masculine prerogative of 

force which placed a woman under the hand, as the ancient patriarchal 

legists termed it, of a man. It is, however, becoming more and more widely 

recognized that such a part is not suited to the modern man. The modern 

man, as Rosa Mayreder has pointed out in a thoughtful essay,[292] is no 

longer equipped to play this domineering part in relation to his wife. The 

"noble savage," leading a wild life on mountain and in forest, hunting 

dangerous beasts and scalping enemies when necessary, may occasionally 

bring his club gently and effectively on to the head of his wife, even, it 

may be, with grateful appreciation on her part.[293] But the modern man, 

who for the most part spends his days tamely at a desk, who has been 

trained to endure silently the insults and humiliations which superior 

officials or patronizing clients may inflict upon him, this typical modern 

man is no longer able to assume effectually the part of the "noble savage" 

when he returns to his home. He is indeed so unfitted for the part that 

his wife resents his attempts to play it. He is gradually recognizing 

this, even apart from any consciousness of the general trend of 

civilization. The modern man of ideas recognizes that, as a matter of 

principle, his wife is entitled to equality with himself; the modern man 

of the world feels that it would be both ridiculous and inconvenient not 

to accord his wife much the same kind of freedom which he himself 

possesses. And, moreover, while the modern man has to some extent acquired 

feminine qualities, the modern woman has to a corresponding extent 

acquired masculine qualities. 

 

Brief and summary as the preceding discussion has necessarily been, it 

will have served to bring us face to face with the central fact in the 

sexual morality which the growth of civilization has at the present day 

rendered inevitable: personal responsibility. "The responsible human 

being, man or woman, is the centre of modern ethics as of modern law;" 

that is the conclusion reached by Hobhouse in his discussion of the 

evolution of human morality.[294] The movement which is taking place among 

us to liberate sexual relationships from an excessive bondage to fixed and 

arbitrary regulations would have been impossible and mischievous but for 

the concomitant growth of a sense of personal responsibility in the 


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