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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
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CHAPTER-4
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CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

much more single-affectioned than is her lord and master--man. 

 

Is she on account of it better than, superior to, man? It is futile to 

speak of better or worse, of superior or inferior. This is the way 

they are. This is the way man and woman have been made by nature, by a 

thousand centuries of heredity, by a thousand centuries of 

environment. The differences lie in biological roots, and it is futile 

to fight and rail against nature and biology. The proper thing to do 

is to recognize the facts and make the best of them. To act the part 

of the ostrich, deliberately to ignore facts which are not pleasant, 

may be easy, but is it wise? 

 

CHAPTER FORTY-SEVEN 

 

MATERNAL IMPRESSIONS 

 

Wide-spread Belief in Maternal Impressions--No Single 

Well-authenticated Case of Maternal Impression--Birth of 

Monstrosities--Ridiculous Examples Given by Physicians--So-called 

Shock Often a Product of Mother's Imagination--Four Cases of 

Alleged Maternal Impressions--Mother's Health During Pregnancy 

May Have Effect Upon Child's General Health. 

 

 

It is believed by many people that strong impressions made upon the 

mother during pregnancy may produce marks or defects in the child. 

This belief dates from earliest antiquity, and is widespread among all 

races. The belief particularly refers to the emotions of fright or 

sudden surprise; thus it is believed that if a woman during pregnancy 

should be frightened by some animal, the child might carry the mark of 

the animal upon its body, or it might even be born in the shape of the 

animal. Thousands of such _alleged_ cases are given in proof. There is 

hardly a layman, or, particularly, a laywoman, who does not claim to 

know of authentic cases of maternal impressions. 

 

It is a thankless task to try to shatter well-established beliefs, 

and I do not hope to succeed in persuading all my readers that all the 

stories and examples of maternal impressions are untrue and lack 

scientific foundation. But I consider it my duty to state my belief, 

whether you accept it or not. In my opinion there is not a single 

_well-authenticated_ case of maternal impression. There is hardly a 

case of defect or monstrosity where the cause is supposed to be due to 

maternal impression, which cannot be explained in some natural way, or 

simply by accident. Thousands of women are frightened or shocked by 

disagreeable sights, by crippled men, by animals, and still their 

children are born perfectly normal. On the other hand, many marked, or 

defective, or monstrous children are born in which no maternal 

impressions can be given as the cause. So why can it not happen when 

the mother was frightened by something during her pregnancy, and the 

child was born with some mark or defect, that the latter was simply an 


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