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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

has a Right to Demand of Her Future Husband--Three Cases Showing 

Disastrous Effects of Wrong Teachings. 

 

 

When a man marries a girl he expects her to be chaste, that is, a 

virgin, without any sexual experiences. Of men, the same chastity is 

not expected as a general thing. As long as a man is healthy, free 

from venereal disease, his previous sexual experiences do not 

constitute a barrier to his marriage. This is what is known as the 

double or duplex standard of sex morality. 

 

During the past few years a number of high-minded and well-meaning men 

and women have been trying to abolish this double standard and to 

introduce a single standard of morality. That is, they are demanding 

that the man going to the marriage bed should be just as chaste, just 

as virginal as his wife is. Whether or no the efforts of these good 

men and women will ever be crowned with success we will leave open. 

Whether or no it is even desirable that their efforts _should_ be 

crowned with success we will also leave open. A complete discussion of 

these questions belongs to a more advanced book on sexual ethics. Here 

I will merely say that, taking into consideration the fact that the 

sexual instinct in boys awakens fully at the age of fifteen or 

sixteen, and that marriage at the present time, particularly among the 

professional classes, is an impossibility before the age of 

twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-five, it seems to be impossible and 

undesirable to expect that men should live a perfectly chaste life 

until they enter matrimony, no matter how late that event may take 

place. 

 

Those who have made a study of the sex instinct in the male seem to 

think that chastity in normal, healthy men up to the age of thirty or 

thereabouts is an impossibility, and where it is accomplished it is 

accomplished at the expense of the physical, mental, and sexual health 

of the individual. But be it as it may, and leaving disputed questions 

out of discussion, the fact remains that the vast majority of men of 

the present day do indulge in sex relations before marriage. And 

people that are urging upon our young women to refuse to marry men who 

have not been perfectly chaste are doing our womanhood a very poor 

service. As it is now, with all mandom to choose from, there are many, 

too many, old maids. With only ten per cent. to choose from (because 

it is admitted that at least 90 per cent. of all men have 

ante-matrimonial relations), what would our women do? They would 

practically all have to give up any hopes of being married and 

becoming mothers. And if these ten per cent., who have remained chaste 

to their married day, were at least a superior class of men in every 

instance, there would be some compensation in that. Unfortunately, 


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