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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

sense of making for human betterment. If it be shown that the teachings 

are in anywise "immoral," in the sense indicated, then no one would be 

quicker to condemn them than the intelligent and conscientious advocate 

of Birth Control, for the reason that his whole case is based upon the 

inherent "morality" of his ideals. 

 

Any one who has made a careful and unprejudiced study of the subject of 

Birth Control will discard the idea that a tendency so deeply rooted in 

Nature as is Birth Control can ever be in opposition to morality. It can 

only be so held as contrary to morality when men confuse the eternal 

principles of morality, whatever they may be, with their temporary 

applications, which are always becoming modified in adaptation to 

changing circumstances. 

 

The old ideals of morality placed the whole question of procreation 

under the authority (after God) of men. Women were in subjection to men, 

and had no right of freedom, no right to responsibility, no right to 

knowledge, for, it was believed, if they were entrusted with any of 

these they would abuse them at once. This view prevails even today in 

some civilized countries, and middle-aged Italian parents, for instance, 

will not allow their daughters to be conducted by a man even to Mass, 

for they believe that as soon as they are out of their sight they will 

be unchaste. That is their morality. 

 

Our morality today is different. It is inspired by different ideas, and 

aims at a different practice. We are by no means disposed to rate highly 

the morality of a girl who is only chaste so long as she is under her 

parents' eyes; for us, indeed, that is much more like immorality than 

morality. We, today, wish women to be reasonably free; we wish them to 

be trained in a sense of responsibility for their own actions; we wish 

them to possess knowledge, more especially in the sphere of sex, once 

theoretically opposed to them, which we now recognize as peculiarly 

their own domain. 

 

Our ideal woman today is not she who is deprived of freedom and 

knowledge in the cloister, even though only the cloister of her own 

home; but rather the woman who being instructed from early life in the 

facts of sexual physiology and sexual hygiene, is also trained to 

exercise judgment, will, self-restraint, and self-responsibility, and 

able and worthy to be trusted to follow the path which is right 

according to the highest ideals of the society of which she is a part. 

That is the only kind of morality which now seems to us to be worth 

while. 

 

And, as any unprejudiced intelligent person is forced to admit, there is 


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