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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
INDEX OF AUTHORS

 

[386] Montaigne, _Essais_, Bk. iii, Ch. V. It is a significant fact that, 

even in the matter of information, women, notwithstanding much ignorance 

and inexperience, are often better equipped for marriage than men. As 

Fuerbringer remarks (Senator and Kaminer, _Health and Disease in Relation 

to Marriage_, vol. i, p. 212), although the wife is usually more chaste at 

marriage than the husband, yet "she is generally the better informed 

partner in matters pertaining to the married state, in spite of occasional 

astonishing confessions." 

 

[387] "She never loses her self-respect nor my respect for her," a man 

writes in a letter, "simply because we are desperately in love with one 

another, and everything we do--some of which the lowest prostitute might 

refuse to do--seems but one attempt after another to translate our passion 

into action. I never realized before, not that to the pure all things are 

pure, indeed, but that to the lover nothing is indecent. Yes, I have 

always felt it, to love her is a liberal education." It is obviously only 

the existence of such an attitude as this that can enable a pure woman to 

be passionate. 

 

[388] "To be really understood," as Rafford Pyke well says, "to say what 

she likes, to utter her innermost thoughts in her own way, to cast aside 

the traditional conventions that gall her and repress her, to have someone 

near her with whom she can be quite frank, and yet to know that not a 

syllable of what she says will be misinterpreted or mistaken, but rather 

felt just as she feels it all--how wonderfully sweet is this to every 

woman, and how few men are there who can give it to her!" 

 

[389] In more recent times it has been discussed in relation to the 

frequency of spontaneous nocturnal emissions. See "The Phenomena of Sexual 

Periodicity," Sect. II, in volume i of these _Studies_, and cf. Mr. 

Perry-Coste's remarks on "The Annual Rhythm," in Appendix B of the same 

volume. 

 

[390] See "The Sexual Impulse in Women," vol. iii of these _Studies_. 

 

[391] Zenobia's practice is referred to by Gibbon, _Decline and Fall_, ed. 

Bury, vol. i, p. 302. The Queen of Aragon's decision is recorded by the 

Montpellier jurist, Nicolas Bohier (Boerius) in his _Decisiones_, etc., 

ed. of 1579, p. 563; it is referred to by Montaigne, _Essais_, Bk. iii, 

Ch. V. 

 

[392] Haller, _Elementa Physiologiae_, 1778, vol. vii, p. 57. 

 

[393] Hammond, _Sexual Impotence_, p. 129. 

 

[394] Fuerbringer, Senator and Kaminer, _Health and Disease in Relation to 

Marriage_, vol. i, p. 221. 

 

[395] Forel, _Die Sexuelle Frage_, p. 80. 

 

[396] Guyot, _Breviaire de l'Amour Experimental_, p. 144. 

 

[397] Erb, Ziemssen's _Handbuch_, Bd. xi, ii, p. 148. Guttceit also 

considered that the very wide variations found are congenital and natural. 

It may be added that some believe that there are racial variations. Thus 

it has been stated that the genital force of the Englishman is low, and 

that of the Frenchman (especially Provencal, Languedocian, and Gascon) 

high, while Loewenfeld believes that the Germanic race excels the French in 

aptitude to repeat the sex act frequently. It is probable that little 

weight attaches to these opinions, and that the chief differences are 

individual rather than racial. 

 

[398] Ribbing, _L'Hygiene Sexualle_, p. 75. Kisch, in his _Sexual Life of 

Woman_, expresses the same opinion. 

 

[399] Mohammed, who often displayed a consideration for women very rare in 

the founders of religions, is an exception. His prescription of once a 

week represented the right of the wife, quite independently of the number 

of wives a man might possess. 

 

[400] How fragile the claim of "conjugal rights" is, may be sufficiently 


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