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often of false-knowledge, untruthful ideas concerning matters of the
most serious import. It is sad enough to think how such persons may work
results harmful to themselves, but it is even sadder still to realize
that these same ignorant young women must eventually gain their real
knowledge through sad experience--experience paid for not only by
themselves but also by their children. It is a hard saying, but a true
one, that the knowledge of many young wives and mothers is to be gained
by experience paid for by their (as yet) unborn children.
The writer of the present work is one of the rapidly growing number of
thinking persons who believe that the time has come to educate the race
concerning the importance of sane instruction concerning the functions
of sex. He, and those who think as he does, believe that the time has
come to "Turn on the Light!" They believe that the importance of the
subject will be realized by all intelligent persons, once that their
attention is directed to the subject, and once they have considered it
apart from the old prejudices and distorted customs. When public opinion
on this subject is reformed, then will the taboo fall away from the body
of truth; then will the subject take its place among the "respectable"
topics which may be considered, discussed, and taught, without loss of
caste or prestige.
In a few decades, perhaps even much sooner, it will be regarded as quite
reprehensible to permit young persons to enter into the relationship of
marriage without a sane, practical knowledge of their own reproductive
organism and the functions thereof, and of their physiological duties to
themselves, to their companions in marriage, and to their children born
or to be born. We may even see the practical application of the somewhat
startling prophecy of Newell Dwight Hillis, D. D., who said: "The State
that makes a man study two years before a license as druggist is given;
that makes a young lawyer or doctor study three years before being
permitted to practice; ought to ask the young man or young woman to pass
an equally rigid examination before license is given to found an
American home, and set up an American family."
While the information above alluded to should be given alike to the
young husband and the young wife, it cannot be doubted that the latter
is the one of the pair who is most in need of this kind of instruction.
While both the young man and the young woman require this instruction,
the need is the greater in the case of the young woman, by the very
nature of the case. The sex functions and processes play a much more
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