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THE

SEXUAL QUESTION

A SCIENTIFIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, HYGIENIC AND
SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY FOR THE
CULTURED CLASSES


BY

AUGUST FOREL, M.D., PH.D., LL.D.

Formerly Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the
Insane Asylum in Zurich (Switzerland)


ENGLISH ADAPTION


BY

C. F. MARSHALL, M.D., F.R.C.S.

Late Assistant Surgeon to the Hospital for
Disieases of the Skin, London


ILLUSTRATED


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LONDON

REBMAN LIMITED

129 SHAFTESBURY AVE., W. C.

Copyright, 1908, by

REBMAN COMPANY

New York


Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England, 1908


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Printed in America

CONTENTS


CHAPTER I
The reproduction of living beings—History of the germ—Cell-division—Parthenogenesis—Conjugation—Embryonic development—Difference of sexes—Castration—Hermaphrodism—Heredity—Blastophthoria
6
CHAPTER II
The evolution or descent of living beings
39
CHAPTER III
Natural conditions of mechanism of human coitus—Pregnancy—Correlative sexual characters
49
CHAPTER IV
The sexual appetite in man and woman—Flirtation
72
CHAPTER V
Love and other irradiations of the sexual appetite in the human mind—Psychic irradiations of love in man: Procreative instinct, jealousy, sexual braggardism, pornographic spirit, sexual hypocrisy, prudery and modesty, old bachelors—Psychic irradiations of love in woman: Old maids, passiveness and desire, abandon and exaltation, desire for domination, petticoat government, desire of maternity and maternal love, routine and infatuation, jealousy, dissimulation, coquetry, prudery and modesty—Fetichism and anti-fetichism—Psychological relations of love to religion
104
CHAPTER VI
Ethnology and history of the sexual life of man and of marriage—Origin of marriage—Antiquity of matrimonial institutions—Criticism of the doctrine of promiscuity—Marriage and celibacy—Sexual advances and demands of marriage—Methods of attraction—Liberty of choice—Sexual selection—Law of resemblance—Hybrids—Prohibition of consanguineous marriages—Role of sentiment and calculation in sexual selection—Marriage by purchase—Decadence of marriage by purchase—Dowry—Nuptial ceremonies—Forms of marriage—Duration of marriage—History of extra-nuptial sexual intercourse
144
CHAPTER VII
Sexual evolution—Phylogeny and ontogeny of sexual life
192
CHAPTER VIII
Sexual pathology—Pathology of the sexual organs—Venereal disease—Sexual psychology—Reflex anomalies—Psychic impotence—Sexual paradoxy—Sexual anaesthesia—Sexual hyperaesthesia—Masturbation and onanism—Perversions of the sexual appetite: Sadism, masochism, fetichism, exhibitionism, homosexual love, sexual inversion, pederosis, sodomy—Sexual anomalies in the insane and psychopathic—Effects of alcohol on the sexual appetite—Sexual anomalies by suggestion and auto-suggestion—Sexual perversions due to habit
208
CHAPTER IX
The role of suggestion in sexual life—Amorous intoxication
277
CHAPTER X
The relations of the sexual question to money and property—Prostitution, proxenetism and venal concubinage
293
CHAPTER XI
The influence of environment on sexual life—Influence of climate—Town and country life—Vagabondage—Americanism—Saloons and alcohol—Riches and poverty—Rank and social position—Individual life—Boarding schools
326
CHAPTER XII
Religion and sexual life
340
CHAPTER XIII
Rights in sexual life—Civil law—Penal law—A medico-legal case
358
CHAPTER XIV
Medicine and sexual life—Prostitution—Sexual hygiene—Extra-nuptial intercourse—Medical advice—Means of regulating or preventing conception—Hygiene of marriage—Hygiene of pregnancy—Medical advice as to marriage—Medical secrecy—Artificial abortion—Treatment of sexual disorders
418
CHAPTER XV
Sexual morality
445
CHAPTER XVI
The sexual question in politics and in political economy
461
CHAPTER XVII
The sexual question in pedagogy
470
CHAPTER XVIII
The sexual question in art
489
CHAPTER XIX
Conclusions—Utopian ideas on the ideal marriage of the future—Bibliographical remarks
499