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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Sex, by Henry StantonThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: SexAvoided subjects Discussed in Plain EnglishAuthor: Henry StantonRelease Date: December 2, 2007 [EBook #23680]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK SEX ***Produced by Irma Spehar and the Online DistributedProofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net (This book wasproduced from scanned images of public domain materialfrom the Google Print project.)SEXAVOIDED SUBJECTS DISCUSSED IN PLAIN ENGLISH_By_HENRY STANTON[Illustration]SOCIAL CULTURE PUBLICATIONS151 FIFTH AVENUE . NEW YORKCopyright, 1922SOCIAL CULTURE PUBLICATIONSMANUFACTURED IN U. S. A.CONTENTSPAGE
I. SEX 5II. THE TRANSITION FROM CELL TO HUMAN BEING 12III. SEX IN MALE CHILDHOOD 20IV. SEX IN FEMALE CHILDHOOD 26V. SEX IN THE ADOLESCENT MALE 30VI. SEX IN THE ADOLESCENT FEMALE 35VII. SEX IN THE MARRIAGE RELATION (THE HUSBAND) 43VIII. SEX IN THE MARRIAGE RELATION (THE WIFE) 45IX. SEX DISEASES 53X. LOVE AND SEX 57CHAPTER ISEXThe happiness of all human beings, men and women, depends largely ontheir rational solution of the sexual problem. Sex and the part itplays in human life cannot be ignored. In the case of animals sexplays a simpler and less complex role. It is a purely natural andinstinctive function whose underlying purpose is the perpetuation ofthe species. It is not complicated by the many incidental phenomenawhich result, in man's case, from psychologic, economic, moral andreligious causes. Climate, social conditions, individual modes of lifeand work, alcohol, wealth and poverty, and other factors affect sexualactivity in human beings.Sexual love, which is practically unknown to the animals, is a specialdevelopment of the sex urge in the human soul. The deeper purpose ofthe sex function in human beings, likewise, is procreation, thereproduction of species.The average man, woman and child should know the essential sex factsin order to be able to deal with the sex problems of life. Of lateyears there has been a greater diffusion of such knowledge. To a largeextent, however, children and adolescents are still taught to look onall that pertains to sex as something shameful and immodest, somethingnot to be discussed. Sex is an "Avoided Subject."This is fundamentally wrong. Sex affects the very root of all humanlife. Its activities are not obscene, but Nature's own means tocertain legitimate ends. The sex functions, when properly controlledand led into the proper channels, are a most essential and legitimateform of physical self-expression. The veil of secrecy with which theyare so often shrouded tends to create an altogether false impressionregarding them. This discussion of these "Avoided Subjects," in "Plain
English," is intended to give the salient facts regarding sex in adirect, straightforward manner, bearing in mind the true purpose ofnormal sex activities.The more we know of the facts of sex, the right and normal part sexactivities play in life, and all that tends to abuse and degrade them,the better able we will be to make sex a factor for happiness in ourown lives and that of our descendants. Mankind, for its own generalgood, must desire that reproduction--the real purpose of every sexualfunction--occur in such a way as to perpetuate its own best physicaland mental qualities.THE LAW OF PHYSICAL LIFEIt is a universal rule of physical life that every individual beingundergoes a development which we know as its individual life andwhich, so far as its physical substance is concerned, ends with death.Death is the destruction of the greater part of this individualorganism which, when death ensues, once more becomes lifeless matter.Only small portions of this matter, the germ cells, continue to liveunder certain conditions which nature has fixed.The germ cell--as has been established by the microscope--is the tinycell which in the lowest living organisms as well as in man himself,forms the unit of physical development. Yet even this tiny cell isalready a highly organized and perfected thing. It is composed of themost widely differing elements which, taken together, form theso-called protoplasm or cellular substance. And for all lifeestablished in nature the cell remains the constant and unchangingform element. It comprises the cell-protoplasm and a nucleus imbeddedin it whose substance is known as the nucleoplasm. The nucleus is themore important of the two and, so to say, governs the life of thecell-protoplasm.The lower one-celled organisms in nature increase by division, just asdo the individual cells of a more highly organized, many-celled orderof living beings. And in all cases, though death or destruction of thecells is synonymous with the death or destruction of the livingorganism, the latter in most cases already has recreated itself byreproduction.We will not go into the very complicated details of the actual processof the growth and division of the protoplasmic cells. It is enough tosay that in the case of living creatures provided with morecomplicated organisms, such as the higher plants, animals and man, thelittle cell units divide and grow as they do in the case of the lowerorganisms. The fact is one which shows the intimate inner relationshipof all living beings.THE LADDER OF ORGANIC ASCENTAs we mount the ascending ladder of plant and animal life theunit-cell of the lower organisms is replaced by a great number ofindividual cells, which have grown together to form a completed whole.In this complete whole the cells, in accordance with the specificpurpose for which they are intended, all have a different form and a

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