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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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possible for a man always to estimate her age. It is easy to see 

that a girl has not yet reached the age of puberty; it is 

impossible to tell whether a mature woman is under or over 

eighteen; it is therefore, to say the least, unjust to make her 

male partner's fate for life depend on the recognition of a 

distinction which has no basis in nature. Such considerations 

are, indeed, so obvious that there is no chance of carrying out 

thoroughly in practice the doctrine that a man should be 

imprisoned for life for having intercourse with a girl who is 

over the age of sixteen. It is better, from the legal point of 

view, to cast the net less widely and to be quite sure that it is 

adapted to catch the real and conscious offender, who may be 

punished without offending the common sense of the community. 

(Cf. Bloch, _The Sexual Life of Our Time_, Ch. XXIV; he considers 

that the "age of consent" should begin with the completion of the 

sixteenth year.) 

 

It may be necessary to add that the establishment of the "age of 

consent" on this basis by no means implies that intercourse with 

girls but little over sixteen should be encouraged, or even 

socially and morally tolerated. Here, however, we are not in the 

sphere of law. It is the natural tendency of the well-born and 

well-nurtured girl under civilized conditions to hold herself in 

reserve, and the pressure whereby that tendency is maintained and 

furthered must be supplied by the whole of her environment, 

primarily by the intelligent reflection of the girl herself when 

she has reached the age of adolescence. To foster in a young 

woman who has long passed the epoch of puberty the notion that 

she has no responsibility in the guardianship of her own body and 

soul is out of harmony with modern feeling, as well as 

unfavorable to the training of women for the world. The States 

which have been induced to adopt the high limit of the age of 

consent have, indeed, thereby made an abject confession of their 

inability to maintain a decent moral level by more legitimate 

means; they may profitably serve as a warning rather than as an 

example. 

 

The knowledge of women cannot, however, replace, the ignorance of men, 

but, on the contrary, merely serves to reveal it. For in the art of love 

the man must necessarily take the initiative. It is he who must first 

unseal the mystery of the intimacies and audacities which the woman's 

heart may hold. The risk of meeting with even the shadow of contempt or 

disgust is too serious to allow a woman, even a wife, to reveal the 

secrets of love to a man who has not shown himself to be an 

initiate.[387] Numberless are the jovial and contented husbands who have 

never suspected, and will never know, that their wives carry about with 

them, sometimes with silent resentment, the ache of mysterious _tabus_. 

The feeling that there are delicious privacies and privileges which she 

has never been asked to take, or forced to accept, often erotically 

divorces a wife from a husband who never realizes what he has missed.[388] 

The case of such husbands is all the harder because, for the most part, 

all that they have done is the result of the morality that has been 

preached to them. They have been taught from boyhood to be strenuous and 

manly and clean-minded, to seek by all means to put out of their minds the 

thought of women or the longing for sensuous indulgence. They have been 

told on all sides that only in marriage is it right or even safe to 

approach women. They have acquired the notion that sexual indulgence and 


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