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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

CONTINENCE. 

 

 

Continence differs from chastity in being entire restraint from sexual 

indulgence under all circumstances, while chastity is only restraint 

from unlawful indulgence. As we have both physical and mental chastity, 

so continence should be both mental and physical. Many of the 

observations on the subject of "Chastity" apply with equal force to 

continence. The causes of incontinence are the same as those of 

unchastity. The same relation also exists between mental and physical 

continence as between mental and physical chastity. 

 

The subject of continence evidently has a somewhat wider scope than 

that of chastity, as generally understood; but as we have considered 

the latter subject so fully, we shall devote less space to this, leaving 

the reader to make the application of such preceding remarks as reason 

may suggest to him are equally appropriate here. 

 

Without stopping to consider the various circumstances under which 

absolute continence is expedient, or desirable, or morally required, 

we will proceed at once to examine the question, Is continence harmful? 

 

Continence not Injurious.--It has been claimed by many, even by 

physicians,--and with considerable show of reason,--that absolute 

continence, after full development of the organs of reproduction, could 

not be maintained without great detriment to health. It is needless 

to enumerate all the different arguments employed to support this 

position, since they are, with a few exceptions, too frivolous to 

deserve attention. We shall content ourselves chiefly with quotations 

from acknowledged authorities, by which we shall show that the popular 

notions upon this subject are wholly erroneous. Their general 

acceptance has been due, without doubt, to the strong natural bias in 

their favor. It is an easy matter to believe what agrees well with one's 

predilections. A bare surmise, on the side of prejudice, is more telling 

than the most powerful logic on the other side. 

 

"We know that this opinion is held by men of the world, and that many 

physicians share it. This belief appears to us to be erroneous, without 

foundation, and easily refuted."[6] 

 

[Footnote 6: Mayer.] 

 

The same writer claims "that no peculiar disease nor any abridgment 

of the duration of life can be ascribed to such continence." He proves 

his position by appealing to statistics, and shows the fallacy of 

arguments in support of the contrary view. He further says:-- 

 

"It is determined, in our opinion, that the commerce of the sexes has 

no necessities that cannot be restrained without peril." 

 

"A part has been assigned to _spermatic plethora_ in the etiology of 

various mental affections. Among others, priapism has been attributed 

to it. In our opinion, this malady originates in a disturbance of the 

cerebral nerve power; but it is due much less to the retention of sperm 

than to its exaggerated loss; much less to virtuous abstinence than 

to moral depravity." 

 

There has evidently been a wide-spread deception upon this subject. 

"Health does not absolutely require that there should ever be an 


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