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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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and social liberty, should thus for five generations tolerate an invidious 

indulgence, rather than frankly and courageously to free herself from the 

shackles of an ecclesiastical tradition." 

 

[338] "The enforced continuance of an unsuccessful union is perhaps the 

most immoral thing which a civilized society ever countenanced, far less 

encouraged," says Godfrey (_Science of Sex_, p. 123). "The morality of a 

union is dependent upon mutual desire, and a union dictated by any other 

cause is outside the moral pale, however custom may sanction it, or 

religion and law condone it." 

 

[339] Adultery in most savage and barbarous societies is regarded, in the 

words of Westermarck, as "an illegitimate appropriation of the exclusive 

claims which the husband has acquired by the purchase of his wife, as an 

offence against property;" the seducer is, therefore, punished as a thief, 

by fine, mutilation, even death (_Origin of the Moral Ideas_, vol. ii, pp. 

447 et seq.; id., _History of Human Marriage_, p. 121). Among some peoples 

it is the seducer who alone suffers, and not the wife. 

 

[340] It is sometimes said in defence of the claim for damages for 

seducing a wife that women are often weak and unable to resist masculine 

advances, so that the law ought to press heavily on the man who takes 

advantage of that weakness. This argument seems a little antiquated. The 

law is beginning to accept the responsibility even of married women in 

other respects, and can scarcely refuse to accept it for the control of 

her own person. Moreover, if it is so natural for the woman to yield, it 

is scarcely legitimate to punish the man with whom she has performed that 

natural act. It must further be said that if a wife's adultery is only an 

irresponsible feminine weakness, a most undue brutality is inflicted on 

her by publicly demanding her pecuniary price from her lover. If, indeed, 

we accept this argument, we ought to reintroduce the mediaeval girdle of 

chastity. 

 

[341] Howard, op. cit., vol. ii, p. 114. 

 

[342] This rule is, in England, by no means a dead letter. Thus, in 1907, 

a wife who had left her home, leaving a letter stating that her husband 

was not the father of her child, subsequently brought an action for 

divorce, which, as the husband made no defence, she obtained. But, the 

King's Proctor having learnt the facts, the decree was rescinded. Then the 

husband brought an action for divorce, but could not obtain it, having 

already admitted his own adultery by leaving the previous case undefended. 

He took the matter up to the Court of Appeal, but his petition was 

dismissed, the Court being of opinion that "to grant relief in such a case 

was not in the interest of public morality." The safest way in England to 

render what is legally termed marriage absolutely indissoluble is for both 

parties to commit adultery. 

 

[343] Magnus Hirschfeld, _Zeitschrift fuer Sexualwissenschaft_, Oct., 1908. 

 

[344] H. Adner, "Die Richterliche Beurteilung der 'Zerruetteten' Ehe," 

_Geschlecht und Gesellschaft_, Bd. ii, Teil 8. 

 

[345] Gross-Hoffinger, _Die Schichsale der Frauen und die Prostitution_, 

1847; Bloch presents a full summary of the results of this inquiry in an 

_Appendix_ to Ch. X of his _Sexual Life of Our Times_. 

 

[346] Divorce in the United States is fully discussed by Howard, op. cit., 

vol. iii. 

 

[347] H. Muensterberg, _The Americans_, p. 575. Similarly, Dr. Felix Adler, 

in a study of "The Ethics of Divorce" (_The Ethical Record_, 1890, p. 

200), although not himself an admirer of divorce, believes that the first 

cause of the frequency of divorce in the United States is the high 


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