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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

deliberate human action. 

 

In its present state of evolutionary progress human thought along these 

lines has found expression in what is generally known as "Birth 

Control." The process which has been working slowly through the ages, 

attaining every new forward step with waste and pain, is henceforth 

destined to be carried out voluntarily, in the light of human reason, 

foresight, and self-restraint. The rise of Birth Control may be said to 

correspond with the rise of social and sanitary science in the first 

half of the nineteenth century, and to be indeed an essential part of 

that movement. 

 

The new doctrine of Birth Control is now firmly established in all the 

most progressive and enlightened countries of Europe, notably in France 

and England; in Germany, where formerly the birth-rate was very high, 

Birth Control has developed with extraordinary rapidity during the 

present century. In Holland its principles and practice are freely 

taught by physicians and nurses to the mothers of the people, with the 

result that there is in Holland no longer any necessity for unwanted 

babies, and this small country possesses the proud privilege of the 

lowest death-rate in Europe. 

 

In the free and enlightened Democratic communities on the other side of 

the globe, in Australia and New Zealand, the same principles and 

practice are generally accepted, with the same beneficent results. On 

the other hand, in the more backward and ignorant countries of Europe, 

Birth Control is still little known, and death and disease flourish. 

This is the case in those eight European countries which come at the 

bottom of the list of the Birth Control scale, and in which the 

birth-rate is the highest and the death-rate the heaviest--the two rates 

maintaining such a constant correspondence as to lead to the inevitable 

conclusion that they are associated as cause and effect. 

 

But even in the more progressive countries Birth Control has not been 

established without a struggle, which has frequently ended in a 

hypocritical compromise, its principles being publicly ignored or denied 

and its practice privately accepted. For, at the great and vitally 

important point in human progress which Birth-Control represents, we see 

really the conflict of two moralities. The morality of the ancient world 

is here confronted by the morality of the new world. 

 

The old morality, knowing nothing of science and the process of Nature 

as worked out in the evolution of life, contented itself with assuming 

as a basis the early chapters of Genesis in which the children of Noah 


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