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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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individual demands of modern peoples. At the various conferences on this 

question which have been held during recent years the only generally 

accepted conclusion which has emerged is that all the existing systems 

of interference or non-interference with prostitution are 

unsatisfactory.[239] 

 

The character of prostitution has changed and the methods of dealing with 

it must change. Brothels, and the systems of official regulation which 

grew up with special reference to brothels, are alike out of date; they 

have about them a mediaeval atmosphere, an antiquated spirit, which now 

render them unattractive and suspected. The conspicuously distinctive 

brothel is falling into disrepute; the liveried prostitute absolutely 

under municipal control can scarcely be said to exist. Prostitution tends 

to become more diffused, more intimately mingled with social life 

generally, less easily distinguished as a definitely separable part of 

life. We can nowadays only influence it by methods of permeation which 

bear upon the whole of our social life. 

 

The objection to the regulation of prostitution is still of slow 

growth, but it is steadily developing everywhere, and may be 

traced equally in scientific opinion and in popular feeling. In 

France the municipalities of some of the largest cities have 

either suppressed the system of regulation entirely or shown 

their disapproval of it, while an inquiry among several hundred 

medical men showed that less than one-third were in favor of 

maintaining regulation (_Die Neue Generation_, June, 1909, p. 

244). In Germany, where there is in some respects more patient 

endurance of interference with the liberty of the individual than 

in France, England, or America, various elaborate systems for 

organizing prostitution and dealing with venereal disease 

continue to be maintained, but they cannot be completely carried 

out, and it is generally admitted that in any case they could not 

accomplish the objects sought. Thus in Saxony no brothels are 

officially tolerated, though as a matter of fact they 

nevertheless exist. Here, as in many other parts of Germany, most 

minute and extensive regulations are framed for the use of 

prostitutes. Thus at Leipzig they must not sit on the benches in 

public promenades, nor go to picture galleries, or theatres, or 

concerts, or restaurants, nor look out of their windows, nor 

stare about them in the street, nor smile, nor wink, etc., etc. 

In fact, a German prostitute who possesses the heroic 

self-control to carry out conscientiously all the self-denying 

ordinances officially decreed for her guidance would seem to be 

entitled to a Government pension for life. 

 

Two methods of dealing with prostitution prevail in Germany. In 

some cities public houses of prostitution are tolerated (though 

not licensed); in other cities prostitution is "free," though 

"secret." Hamburg is the most important city where houses of 

prostitution are tolerated and segregated. But, it is stated, 

"everywhere, by far the larger proportion of the prostitutes 

belong to the so-called 'secret' class." In Hamburg, alone, are 

suspected men, when accused of infecting women, officially 

examined; men of every social class must obey a summons of this 

kind, which is issued secretly, and if diseased, they are bound 

to go under treatment, if necessary under compulsory treatment in 

the city hospital, until no longer dangerous to the community. 

 

In Germany it is only when a woman has been repeatedly observed 


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