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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

hoped that in the final account the extenuating influence of ignorance 

may weigh heavily in the scale of justice against the damning testimony 

of these "unconsidered murders." 

 

The Charge Disputed.--It will be urged that these early destructions 

are not murders. Murder is an awful word. The act itself is a terrible 

crime. No wonder that its personal application should be studiously 

avoided; the human being who would not shrink from such a charge would 

be unworthy of the name of human--a very brute. Nevertheless, it is 

necessary to look the plain facts squarely in the face, and shrink not 

from the decision of an enlightened conscience. We quote the following 

portions of an extract which we give in full elsewhere; it is from the 

same distinguished authority[27] whom we have frequently quoted:-- 

 

"There is, in fact, no moment after conception when it can be said that 

the child has not life, and the crime of destroying human life is as 

heinous and as sure before the period of 'quickening' has been attained, 

as afterward. But you still defend your horrible deed by saying: 'Well, 

if there be, as you say, this mere animal life, equivalent at the most 

to simple vitality, there is no mind, no soul destroyed, and, therefore, 

there is no crime committed.' Just so surely as one would destroy and 

root out of existence all the fowls in the world by destroying all the 

eggs in existence, so certain is it that you do by your act destroy 

the animal man in the egg and the soul which animates it.... Murder 

is always sinful, and murder is the willful destruction of a human being 

at any period of its existence, from its earliest germinal embryo to 

its final, simple, animal existence in aged decrepitude and complete 

mental imbecility." 

 

[Footnote 27: Gardner.] 

 

Difficulties.--Married people will exclaim, "What shall we do?" 

Delicate mothers who have already more children on their hands than 

they can care for, whose health is insufficient to longer endure the 

pains and burdens of pregnancy, but whose sensual husbands continue 

to demand indulgence, will echo in despairing tones, while 

acknowledging the truth, "What shall _we_ do?" We will answer the 

question for the latter first. 

 

Mr. Mill, the distinguished English logician, in his work on "The 

Subjection of Woman," thus represents the erroneous view which is 

popularly held of the sexual relations of the wife to the husband: "The 

wife, however brutal a tyrant she may be chained to--though she may 

know that he hates her, though it may be his daily pleasure to torture 

her, and though she may feel it impossible not to loathe him--he can 

claim from her and enforce the lowest degradation of a human being, 

that of being made the instrument of an animal function contrary to 

her inclinations." 

 

Woman's Rights.--A woman does not, upon the performance of the marriage 

ceremony, surrender all her personal rights. The law recognizes this 

fact if her husband beats her, or in any way injures her by physical 

force, or even by neglect. Why may she not claim protection from other 


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