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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

very deeply, a number of times; and love simultaneously or 

successively. It is often a mere matter of opportunity. I know that 

there _are_ loves that are eternal; that there are loves for which no 

substitute can be found. But these supreme, divine loves are so rare 

that among ordinary mortals they may be left out of account. They are 

the portion of supermen and superwomen. Ordinarily a substitute may be 

found. The substitute love may never reach the intensity of the 

original love, it may never give full or even half-full satisfaction; 

but it will help to dull the sharp cutting edge, it will act as a 

partial hemostatic to the bleeding heart, it will soothe and 

anesthetize the wound even if it cannot completely heal it. And this 

is a valuable aid while the sufferer is coming to himself or herself, 

while the gathered fragments of a broken life are being cemented and 

while the cement is hardening. Yes, the man or woman who is in inferno 

on account of an unreciprocated or a betrayed love should lose no time 

in searching for a substitute love. I do not believe in people losing 

their health and their minds on account of suffering which does nobody 

any good. 

 

But I will go still further. Where a substitute love--great or 

minor--cannot be found, then mere sex relations may help to diminish 

the suffering, to quiet the turbulent heart, to relieve the aching 

brain. As everything connected with sex, so our ideas about illicit 

sex relations that are not connected with love, are honeycombed with 

hypocrisy and false to the core. While purchasable, loveless sex 

relations can, of course, not be compared to love relations, still 

under our present social, economic and moral code they are the only 

relations that thousands of men and women can enjoy, and they are 

better than none; and in quite a considerable percentage of cases an 

element of romance and greater or lesser permanency do become attached 

to them, and they act as a more or less satisfactory substitute for 

genuine love relations. 

 

I am not spinning theoretical gossamer webs. I am speaking from 

experience--the experience of patients and confiding friends. I could 

relate many interesting cases. And I may, in a more appropriate 

volume. Here one or two will have to suffice. 

 

He was twenty-six years old and a senior student in the College of 

Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York. He had been in 

love with and had considered himself engaged for four or five years to 

a young lady two years his junior. She was, of course, the most 

wonderful young lady in the world, the whole world; in fact, there was 

not another one to compare her to. She was unique; she stood all 

alone. But for a year or so she was getting rather cool towards him; 


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