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a man of true science, and, therefore, of true morality. He lays it
down as an axiom that _the development of the individual and the
reproduction of the species stand in an inverse ratio to each other_.
He says: "The augmented development of the generative organs at
puberty can only be rightly regarded as _preparatory_ to the exercise
of the organs. The development of the _individual_ must be completed
before the procreative power can properly be exercised for the
continuance of the race." And in the following extract from his
"Principles of Human Physiology," he confirms my statement respecting
the unscientific and libertine advice of too many physicians: "The
author would say to those of his younger readers who urge the wants of
nature as an excuse for the illicit gratification of the sexual
passions, 'try the effects of _close mental application_ to some of
those ennobling pursuits to which your profession introduces you, in
combination with _vigorous bodily exercise_, before you assert that
appetite is unrestrainable and act upon that assertion.' Nothing tends
so much to increase the desire as the continual direction of the mind
toward the objects of its gratification, whilst nothing so effectually
represses it as a determined exercise of the mental faculties upon
other objects and the expenditure of nervous energy in other channels.
Some works which have issued from the medical press contain much that
is calculated to excite, rather than to repress, the propensity; and
the advice sometimes given by practitioners to their patients is
immoral as well as unscientific."
EVERY MAN AND EVERY WOMAN,
living simply, purely, and temperately--respecting the laws of health
in regard to air, food, dress, exercise, and habits of life--not only
can live in the continence of a pure virgin life when single, and in
the chastity which should be observed by all married partners, but be
stronger, happier, and in every way better by so living.
Chastity is the conservation of life, and the consecration of its
forces to the highest use. Sensuality is the waste of life, and the
degradation of its forces to pleasure divorced from use. Chastity is
life; sensuality is death.
FROM THE AGE OF PUBERTY TO MARRIAGE
the law, is the same for both sexes--full employment of mind and body,
temperance, purity, and perfect chastity in thought, word, and deed.
The law is one of perfect equality. There is no license for the male
which is not equally the right of the female. There is no
physiological ground for any indulgence in one case more than in the
other. No man has any more right to require or expect purity in the
woman who is to be his wife than the woman has to require and expect
purity in her husband. It is a simple matter of justice and right. No
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