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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
REPRODUCTION-1
REPRODUCTION-2
REPRODUCTION-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-1
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-2
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-1
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-2
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-3
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-15
CHASTITY-1
CHASTITY-2
CHASTITY-3
CONTINENCE
MARITAL EXCESSES-1
MARITAL EXCESSES-2
MARITAL EXCESSES-3
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-1
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-2
INFANTICIDE AND ABORTION
THE SOCIAL EVIL-1
THE SOCIAL EVIL-2
THE SOCIAL EVIL-3
SOLITARY VICE-1
SOLITARY VICE-2
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-1
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-2
EFFECTS IN FEMALES
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-1
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-2
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-1
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-2
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-4
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-1
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-2
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-3
INDEX

of a mate of opposite tendencies, would be, by constant example, 

hastened onward in his sinful ways. Thus, to all but a very small 

proportion of humanity, the married state would be one of infelicity 

and degeneration. 

 

And what would be the progeny of such unions? The peculiarities and 

propensities of the parents, instead of being modified and perhaps 

obliterated in the children by corresponding differences in character, 

would be doubly exaggerated. The children of selfish parents would be 

thieves; those of spendthrifts, beggars; those of crotchety parents, 

monomaniacs; those born of sensual parents, beastly debauchees. A few 

generations of such a degenerating process would either exterminate 

the race or drive it back to Darwin's ancestral ape. 

 

It must not be inferred, from our strictures upon the theory mentioned, 

that we would advocate the opposite course, that is, the contraction 

of marriage by individuals of wholly dissimilar tastes, aims, and 

temperaments. Such alliances would doubtless be quite as wretched in 

their results as those of an opposite character. It is with this as 

with nearly all other subjects; the true course lies between the two 

extremes. Parties who are negotiating a life partnership should be 

careful to assure themselves that there exists a sufficient degree of 

congeniality of temperament to make such close and continued 

association agreeable. 

 

Disparity of Age.--Both nature and custom seem to indicate that the 

husband should be a little older than the wife. Several reasons might 

be given for this; but we need not mention them. When, however, the 

difference of ages reaches such an extreme as thirty, forty, even fifty 

or more years, nature is abused, good taste is offended, and even 

morality is shocked. Such ill-sorted alliances are disastrous to both 

parties, and scarcely more to one than the other. An old man who forms 

a union with a young girl scarce out of her teens--or even younger--can 

scarcely have any very elevated motive for his action, and he certainly 

exposes himself to the greatest risk of sudden death, while insuring 

his premature decay. A king once characterized such a course as "the 

pleasantest form of suicide." It is doubtless suicidal, but we suspect 

there are some phases of such an unnatural union which are not very 

enjoyable. 

 

One reason of the great danger of such marriages to the old is the 

exhaustive effects of the sexual act. As previously noted, in some 

animals it causes immediate death. Dr. Acton makes the following 

pertinent remarks:-- 

 

"So serious, indeed, is the paroxysm of the nervous system produced 

by the sexual spasm, that its immediate effect is not always unattended 

with danger, and men with weak hearts have died in the act. Every now 

and then we learn that men are found dead on the night of their wedding." 

 

"However exceptional these cases are, they are warnings, and should 

serve to show that an act which _may_ destroy the weak should not be 

tampered with, even by the strong." 

 

"There are old men who marry young wives, and who pay the penalty by 


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