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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

environment be improved, the death-rate decreases, and this is followed 

by a fall in the birth-rate, according to the constant laws of Nature 

manifesting in such cases. 

 

The same law is seen to be manifested in the case of Man. Improve his 

environment, and his death-rate drops, which is accompanied by a 

falling birth-rate. Here, once more we see the application of the 

scientific axiom "Improve the environment and reproduction is checked." 

As Leroy-Beaulieu has said: "The tendency of civilization is to reduce 

the birth-rate." And as Professor Benjamin Moore has said: "Decreased 

reproduction is the simple biological reply to good economic 

conditions." And as Havelock Ellis has said: "Those who desire a higher 

birth-rate are desiring, whether they know it or not, the increase of 

poverty, ignorance, and wretchedness." 

 

Among men, Birth Control has now evolved from the unconscious and 

instinctive phase, and is now unfolding and manifesting on the plane of 

conscious and voluntary activity. The influence of deliberate intention 

and conscious design is now one of the important factors in the process. 

Here at this point we reach a totally new aspect of reproduction. In the 

past stages of evolution the original impetus toward reproduction has 

been checked and directed by Nature, working along instinctive and 

unconscious lines; and the result has been an extreme diminution of the 

number of off-spring; a prolongation of the time devoted to the breeding 

and care of each new member of the family, in harmony with its greatly 

prolonged life; a spacing out of the intervals between the offspring; 

and, as a result, a vastly greater development of each individual, and 

an ever better equipment for the task of living. All this was slowly 

attained automatically, without any conscious volition on the part of 

the individuals, even when they were human beings, who were the agents. 

 

Now, however, we are confronted with a change which we may regard as, in 

some respects, the most momentous sudden advance in the whole history of 

reproduction, namely, the process of reproductive progress now become 

conscious and deliberately volitional. Birth control, no longer 

automatic, is now being directed by human mind and will precisely to the 

attainment of ends which Nature has been struggling after for millions 

of years; and, being consciously and deliberately directed, it is now 

enabled to avoid many of the pitfalls into which the unconscious method 

fell. 

 

Havelock Ellis says: "The control and limitation of reproductive 


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