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important part in the life of the woman than in that of the man, the
protests of some of the modern feminists to the contrary notwithstanding.
The careful student of the sex life of men and women frankly confesses
that in both the physical and the psychical realm the sex offices make a
greater demand upon the time and attention of the woman than of the man.
The love-life of the woman is far fuller and more absorbing than is that
of the man. Unhappiness concerning her love-life renders the remainder
of the life of the average woman of comparatively little account; while,
with a happy love-life she will put up cheerfully with the absence of
many other things which are usually regarded as necessities for
happiness. As a writer has said: "Essentially, a woman is made for
love--not exclusively, but essentially; and a woman who has had no love
in her life has been a failure."
The same rule operates on the physical plane. As the same writer has
said: "Physically, the woman is also much more cognizant of her sex and
much more hampered by the manifestation of her sex nature than man is."
The manifestation of the incidents of menstruation is a constant
reminder to the woman that she is a creature of sex. The phenomenon of
pregnancy is, likewise, something from which the man is free. And,
finally, the menopause, or "change of life," with its incidents greatly
influencing the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the woman,
is Nature's final word to the woman that she is the active pole of
sex-life. As the above-quoted writer has said: "Altogether it cannot be
denied that woman is much more a slave of her sex-nature than man is of
his. Nature has handicapped woman much more heavily than she has man."
And so, in this book, the young woman--the young wife--is directly
addressed, her companion and mate being referred to only indirectly.
ANATOMY OF THE FEMALE SEX ORGANISM
Every woman should be given plain, practical, sane, sensible instruction
concerning the sex organism of woman, its functions, its laws, its use,
and its abuse. This important feature of the physical organism plays an
all powerful part in the life of every woman, and particularly in the
life of the married woman. It is nature's mechanism for the reproduction
of the race. Every child that is born into the world is conceived,
gestated, and finally delivered as a result of the functioning of this
organism. Therefore, such instruction and knowledge is vitally
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