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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
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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
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CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

backwards. The opening of the neck of the womb, the os, may also be 

closed, or practically so, from ulceration, from strong applications, 

etc. In some cases sterility may be due to severe constitutional 

disease, when the person is very much run down and so anemic that 

menstruation stops. Unfortunately this is not always the case, for 

women even in the last stages of consumption may, and often do, become 

pregnant. Syphilis unfortunately does not cause sterility; it only 

causes miscarriages until controlled by treatment. 

 

The treatment of sterility can be successfully carried out only by a 

competent physician, particularly by one who is devoting himself 

specially to this kind of work. But I want once more to impress upon 

every woman who is sterile, and who wants to have a child, not to have 

herself treated or even examined until her husband has been subjected 

to an examination. 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER FORTY 

 

THE HYMEN 

 

Difference Between Chastity and Virginity--Worship of Intact 

Hymen--Sacrificing Hymen Sometimes Essential for Health of the 

Girl--Certificate from Physician who has Ruptured Hymen. 

 

 

I have mentioned in a previous chapter that the absence of the hymen 

was no proof of unchastity, just as the presence of the hymen was no 

proof of perfect chastity. Chastity and virginity are not synonymous, 

and a girl may possess physical virginity, that is, an intact hymen, 

and still be morally unchaste. She may be in the habit of indulging in 

unnatural sexual practices. But the laity does not know these facts or 

does not want to know them, and the intact hymen is still worshipped 

like a fetish. This would be of little consequence, if it did not 

often result in unnecessary suffering to the female child or girl. 

Much disease and a good deal of sterility result from the fear of 

tampering with the hymen. 

 

When a boy gets some trouble with his genital organs, such as 

phimosis, or balanitis or whatever it may be, he is at once taken to a 

physician, who institutes the necessary treatment. When a little girl 

complains of itching around the genitals or of some discharge, the 

mother will hesitate long before taking her to a doctor. She will be 

afraid he will do something to the hymen. And so she will temporize, 

using salves and washes, and the disease will in the meantime be 

making progress, that is, getting worse. When she does take her to a 

physician, and he says that in order to treat the case thoroughly the 

hymen has to be stretched or opened, the mother will withhold her 

consent, and the disease will be allowed to progress. I know of many 

such cases. This is wrong. When the health of the girl demands and her 

future child-bearing power is at stake, no hesitation should be felt 


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