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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

WOMAN: HER SEX AND LOVE LIFE 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE 

 

THE PARAMOUNT NEED OF SEX KNOWLEDGE FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN 

 

Why Sex Knowledge is of Paramount Importance to Girls and 

Women--Reasons Why a Misstep in a Girl Has More Serious 

Consequences than a Misstep in a Boy--The Place Love Occupies in 

Woman's Life--Woman's Physical Disabilities. 

 

 

All are agreed--I mean all who are capable of thinking and have given 

the subject some thought--that for the welfare of the race and for his 

own physical and mental welfare it is important that the boy be given 

some sex instruction. All are not agreed as to the character of the 

instruction, its extent, the age at which it should be begun and as to 

who the teacher should be--the father, the family physician, the 

school teacher or a specially prepared book--but as to the necessity 

of sex knowledge for the boy there is now substantial agreement--among 

the conservatives as well as among the radicals. 

 

No such agreement exists concerning sex knowledge for the girl. Many 

still are the men and women--and not among the conservatives only--who 

are strongly opposed to girls receiving any instruction in sex 

matters. Some say that such instruction--except a few hygienic rules 

about menstruation--is unnecessary, because the sex instinct awakens 

in girls comparatively late, and it is time enough for them to learn 

about such matters after they are married. Others fear that sex 

knowledge would destroy the mystery and romance of sex, and would rob 

our maidens of their greatest charms--modesty and innocence. Still 

others fear that sex instruction would tend to awaken the sex instinct 

in our girls prematurely; would direct their thoughts to matters about 

which they would not think otherwise; and they argue that the warnings 

about venereal disease, prostitution, etc., which are an integral part 

of sex instruction, tend to create a cynical, inimical attitude 

towards the male sex, which may even result in hypochondriac ideas and 

antagonism to marriage. 

 

I do not deny that there is a grain of truth in all the above 

objections. Sex instruction does cause _some_ girls to think of sex 

matters earlier than they otherwise would, and some girls have been 

made bitter and hypochondriac, and disgusted with the male sex. But it 

would not be difficult to demonstrate that it was not sex instruction 

_per se_ that was responsible for these deplorable results; it was the 

_wrong_ kind of instruction that was to blame--it was the wrong 

emphasis, the lurid exaggerations that caused the mischief, and not 

the truth. In other words, it is not sex information, it is sex 

misinformation, that is pernicious. And, of course, to this everybody 

will agree: rather than false information, better no information at 

all. 

 

But if the information to be imparted be sane, honest and truthful, 


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