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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

CHAPTER FOUR 

 

THE SEX INSTINCT 

 

Universality of the Sex Instinct--Not Responsible for Our Thoughts 

and Feelings. 

 

 

THE sex instinct, which runs all through nature from the lowest animal 

to the highest, is the inborn impulse, craving or desire which one sex 

has for the other: the male for the female and the female for the 

male. This instinct, this desire for the opposite sex, which is born 

with us and which manifests itself at a very early age, is not 

anything to be ashamed of. There is nothing disgraceful, nothing 

sinful in it. It is a normal, natural, healthy instinct, implanted in 

us by nature for various reasons, and absolutely indispensable for the 

perpetuation of the race. If there were anything to be ashamed of, it 

would be the lack of this sex instinct, for without it the race would 

quickly die out. 

 

=Not Responsible for Thoughts and Feelings.= It is necessary to 

impress this point, because many girls and women, whose minds have 

been perverted by a vicious so-called morality, worry themselves to 

illness, brood and become hypochondriac because they think they have 

committed a grievous sin in experiencing a desire for sexual relations 

or for the embrace of a certain man. Altogether it is necessary to 

impress upon the growing girl, when the occasion presents itself, that 

a thought or a feeling can never be sinful. An action may be, but a 

thought or a feeling cannot. Why? Because we are not responsible for 

our thoughts and feelings; they are not under our control. Though it 

does not mean that when they do arise we are to give them full sway. 

We should attempt to combat them and drive them away, but there is 

nothing to be ashamed of, because for their origin we are not 

responsible. 

 

=Responsible for Actions.= Our actions are under our control, to a 

certain extent at least, and if we do a bad or injurious act, we have 

committed a sin and are morally responsible. The _desire_ for the 

sexual act is no more sinful than the desire for food is when one is 

hungry. But the performance of the act may, under certain 

circumstances, be as sinful as the eating of food which the hungry man 

obtained by robbing another fellow-being, just as poor as himself. 

 

I am not preaching to you. But I am not an extremist nor a hypocrite. 

I am advocating neither asceticism nor licentiousness. One is as bad, 

or almost as bad, as the other. 

 

What I am trying to do is to inculcate in your minds, if possible, a 

sane, well-balanced view of all things sexual. 

 

For I believe that wrong, perverted views of the physiology and 

hygiene of the sex act and of sex morality, that is, the proper 

relationship of the sexes, are responsible for untold misery, for 

incalculable suffering. Both sexes suffer, but the female sex suffers 

more. The woman always pays more. This is due to her natural 


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