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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

girls unhappy, sowing in them the seeds of suspicion and cynicism, 

tends to make them antagonistic to the entire male sex, and inoculates 

them with a senseless fear of marriage. A study made by Miriam C. 

Gould, of the department of psychology and philosophy in the 

University of Pittsburg (_Social Hygiene_, April, 1916), corroborates 

our remarks in a striking manner. 

 

She has had confidential chats with 50 young girls, with whom she has 

had some acquaintance; of these 50, 25 were college students and 25 

were not. She asked them a number of questions, the purpose of which 

was to find out what psychologic effect, if any, their knowledge of 

prostitution and of venereal disease has had on them. She states in 

her conclusions that "the histories reveal a large percentage of 

harmful results, such as conditions bordering upon neurasthenia, 

melancholia, pessimism and _sex antagonism_ (italics mine), directly 

traceable to this knowledge. Eleven of the girls interviewed developed 

a pronounced repulsion for men, although prior to their 'knowledge' 

they had enjoyed men's company. They now avoid association with them, 

and six have declared that they have totally lost faith in the moral 

cleanness of men. Eight have already refused to marry, or intend to do 

so, because of their belief that the risk of infection was too great. 

If it were not for the existence of these diseases, they say they 

would be glad to marry. All of these say their decision has rendered 

them more or less unhappy." 

 

In the laudable desire to keep our young women pure and to protect 

them from infection, in the endeavor to make them demand one moral 

standard for both sexes, our exaggerating reformers are condemning 

them to lifelong celibacy, which in the case of women often means 

lifelong neurasthenia and hypochondria. 

 

=The Truth of the Matter.= Here is the Truth about venereal 

disease--the truth as I know it, without concealment on the one hand 

and without exaggeration on the other. Exact figures are, of course, 

unobtainable anywhere; but results obtained from unbiased 

investigations of _different_ classes of society, from hospital 

reports, from questionnaires among students, etc., tell us that 

probably about twenty per cent. of the adult male population are the 

victims of gonorrhea at one time or another; that probably eight or 

ten per cent. are not entirely cured when they enter matrimony; and 

four or five per cent. (some would say two per cent.) of wives become 

infected with gonorrhea. This, I say, is terrible enough, and makes 

the greatest care and caution imperative; for, if you should be one of 

the victims of the two or five per cent., it would be little 

consolation to you that the other ninety-eight or ninety-five per 


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