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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

natural thing. The old mothers pretend that it is an old head on young 

shoulders. They predict an early death to these children, and the event 

frequently justifies the horoscope. Our attention has for many years 

been fixed upon this point, and we can affirm that the greater part 

of the offspring of these connections are weak, torpid, lymphatic, if 

not scrofulous, and do not promise a long career." 

 

In old age the seminal fluid becomes greatly deteriorated. Even at the 

best, its component elements could only represent decrepitude and 

infirmity, degeneration and senility. In view of such facts, says Dr. 

Acton,-- 

 

"We are, therefore, forced to the conclusion that the children of old 

men have an inferior chance of life; and facts daily observed confirm 

our deductions. Look but at the progeny of such marriages; what is its 

value? As far as I have seen, it is the worst kind--spoilt childhood, 

feeble and precocious youth, extravagant manhood, early and premature 

death." 

 

Unions of an opposite character to those just considered, wherein a 

young man marries a woman much older than himself, are more rare than 

those of the other class. They are, perhaps, less deplorable in their 

physical effects, but still highly reprehensible. They are seldom 

prompted by pure motives, and can be productive of no good. Children 

resulting from such unions are notably weak, unbalanced, and sorry 

specimens of humanity. 

 

We have scarcely referred to the domestic misery which may result from 

these disgraceful unions. If a young girl is brought home by a widower 

to preside over his grown-up daughters, perhaps old enough to be her 

mother, all the elements are provided for such a domestic hell as could 

only be equaled by circumstances precisely similar. If children are 

born, neither father nor mother is fit to act the part of a parent to 

them. The father, by reason of his age, is fitful, uncertain, and 

childish; to-day too lenient, to-morrow too exacting. The mother is 

pettish, childish, indulgent, impatient, and as unskilled in 

government as unfit for motherhood. In the midst of all this misrule, 

the child grows up undisciplined, uncultivated, unsubdued; a misery 

to his parents, a disgrace to his friends, a dishonor to himself. 

 

"What shall I do with him? and what will he do with me?" was the question 

asked by a girl of eighteen whose parents were urging her to marry an 

old man; and every young woman would do well to propound it under similar 

circumstances. 

 

Were we disposed to define more specifically the conditions necessary 

to secure the most harmonious matrimonial unions, it would be useless 

to do so; for unions of this sort never have been, and never will 

be--with rare exceptions--formed in accordance with a prescribed 

method independent of any emotional bias. Nor is it probable that such 

a plan would result in remedying, in any appreciable degree, existing 

evils. It is a fact too patent to be ignored that a very large share 

of the unhappiness in the world arises from ill-mated marriages; but 

it is also true that nearly the whole of this unhappiness might be 


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