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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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all that appertains to it is something low and degrading, at the worst a 

mere natural necessity, at the best a duty to be accomplished in a direct, 

honorable and straight-forward manner. No one seems to have told them that 

love is an art, and that to gain real possession of a woman's soul and 

body is a task that requires the whole of a man's best skill and insight. 

It may well be that when a man learns his lesson too late he is inclined 

to turn ferociously on the society that by its conspiracy of 

pseudo-morality has done its best to ruin his life, and that of his wife. 

In some of these cases husband or wife or both are finally attracted to a 

third person, and a divorce enables them to start afresh with better 

experience under happier auspices. But as things are at present that is a 

sad and serious process, for many impossible. They are happier, as Milton 

pointed out, whose trials of love before marriage "have been so many 

divorces to teach them experience." 

 

The general ignorance concerning the art of love may be gauged by the fact 

that perhaps the question in this matter most frequently asked is the 

crude question how often sexual intercourse should take place. That is a 

question, indeed, which has occupied the founders of religion, the 

law-givers, and the philosophers of mankind, from the earliest times.[389] 

Zoroaster said it should be once in every nine days. The laws of Manes 

allowed intercourse during fourteen days of the month, but a famous 

ancient Hindu physician, Susruta, prescribed it six times a month, except 

during the heat of summer when it should be once a month, while other 

Hindu authorities say three or four times a month. Solon's requirement of 

the citizen that intercourse should take place three times a month fairly 

agrees with Zoroaster's. Mohammed, in the Koran, decrees intercourse once 

a week. The Jewish Talmud is more discriminating, and distinguishes 

between different classes of people; on the vigorous and healthy young 

man, not compelled to work hard, once a day is imposed, on the ordinary 

working man twice a week, on learned men once a week. Luther considered 

twice a week the proper frequency of intercourse. 


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