Sex Morality; Past, Present, and Future

Sex Morality; Past, Present, and Future

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...of the lower centers by the higher, must play a strong part in determining conduct in the future. The Song of the Sirens will lose much of its fascination, and bands of steel will hold Ulysses secured to the mast. The outcome of the conflict between duty and desire will be decided without long and anxious vacillations. Here, too, we may fitly mention and condemn the artificial excitation of sexual activity so noticeable everywhere, and so often resorted to from motives of commercial greed. The immodest fashions in the dress of women, the lascivious exhibitions on the stage, the obscene art, the pornographic literature, the indulgence in alcohol and in narcotics--all are calculated to arouse prematurely and stimulate continually an instinct sufficiently assertive by nature, and in need of restraint rather than encouragement. It may not be leaning too far on the side of optimism to predict that in the future a more rational mode of living will allow the procreative function to assume a lower habitual level of activity, and will eliminate many of its undesirable manifestations. In conclusion, the reader's attention is invited to dwell upon the moulding of sentiments in conformity with institutions exhibited by societies in all stages of development. Any particular social arrangement invariably generates in the course of time a body of harmonious feelings, which make it seem appropriate and rational. Nations practising a form of marriage widely different from our own, show the same fervor in its defence, and the same intolerance towards other forms. The polygamous peoples of the East express amazement and loathing at the onewife system, and sometimes indignantly refuse to believe in its existence. It is simply impossible, said an Arab...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236956923
  • 9781236956927