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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

 

Both moral and social obligations--if the two obligations may exist 

independently--forbid marriage to a young man who is scarcely able to 

provide for himself, much less to support a wife and a family. The theory 

advocated by some that two can live almost as cheaply as one, so that 

a saving will be made by a union of two in marriage, is a most fallacious 

one. There may be occasional exceptions, but in general, young people 

who marry with this idea in their heads find that they have reasoned 

not wisely. It will not be disputed that a married couple may live upon 

what is often spent foolishly by a young man; but a young man can be 

economical if he will; and if he does not learn economy before marriage, 

it is likely that he never will learn it. 

 

The marriage of paupers, to beget pauper children and foist them upon 

the community for support, is an outrage against society. We believe 

it is not improper to speak out plainly upon this subject, and in no 

uncertain tone, notwithstanding the popular prejudice which cries, 

"Hush, be quiet; don't interfere with individual rights, don't disturb 

the peace of society," whenever anything is said which has a bearing 

on a regard for propriety in matters relating to one of the most ancient, 

the most sacred, and the most abused of all divinely appointed human 

institutions. We have never been able to account for this strange 

averseness to the consideration of this phase of the matrimonial 

question, and the determined effort often made to ignore it whenever 

it is broached. We purpose to speak out, notwithstanding the feeling 

referred to, since we believe this to be a crying evil; and we have 

no fears but that we shall have the hearty indorsement of every 

individual who can so far lay aside his prejudices as to allow his native 

common sense a fair chance to influence his judgment. 

 

In the country of Iceland, a land which is scarcely more than 

semi-civilized, if a young man wishes to marry, the first thing to be 

considered is his pecuniary situation. Before he can take to himself 

a wife, he must appear before the proper authority and present evidence 

that he is able to support a wife and family in addition to providing 

for himself. Even the barbarous natives of Patagonia show an equal 

degree of good sense, the chief of each tribe requiring that every young 

man who wishes to marry shall first prove himself competent to provide 

for a family, having attained the requisite degree of proficiency in 

hunting and fishing, and having possessed himself of at least two horses 

and the necessary equipments. 

 

In this country,--a civilized, so-called Christian country, blessed 

with all the enlightenment of the nineteenth century, what do we see? 

Instead of any regulation of the sort, the utmost indifference to such 

clearly important considerations. If young people profess to love each 

other and wish to marry, no one of their friends thinks of asking, "How 

are they going to live after they are married? Has the young man a trade? 

Has the young lady been so educated as to be self-sustaining if 


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