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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

of will, and loving thoughts, the crisis is not reached, but a complete 

control by both husband and wife is maintained throughout the entire 

relation, a conscious conservation of the creative energy. * * * It is 

both a union on the affectional plane, and a preparation for the best 

possible conditions for procreation." 

 

About 1882, Henry M. Parkhurst published a booklet called "Diana," which 

since that time has passed through several editions, and has had a large 

number of readers. The principle advocated is radically different from 

that of Noyes or Dr. Stockham, above mentioned, although some of the 

writings of Dr. Stockham seem to favor the Parkhurst idea as much as the 

one advanced by herself. Parkhurst, as we may see by reference to a 

quotation from him in connection with the Noyes' idea, did not approve 

of the "male continence" as taught by the latter, although he seems to 

have considered it a step in the right direction. 

 

The gist of the Parkhurst idea is expressed in the following quotations 

from his booklet, "Diana": "In order to secure proper and durable 

relations between the sexes, it is necessary to live in harmony with the 

law of Alphism, that is ABSTINENCE EXCEPT FOR PROCREATION. But if that 

principle is adopted alone, no means being taken to provide for the due 

exercise of the sexual faculties, it will likely be abandoned or lead to 

a life of asceticism. In order to make Alphism practicable for ordinary 

men and women, another law has to be observed, that is, the law of 

SEXUAL SATISFACTION FROM SEXUAL CONTACT; understanding by the term 

'contact' not merely physical external contact, but using the term in 

its more general sense to include sexual companionship, or even 

correspondence, bringing the minds into mental contact. The observance 

of this law will lead to complete and enduring satisfaction in 

abstinence. 

 

"It is an observed fact that contact incites to activity the affectional 

action, * * * extending over the whole frame, and by their activities 

satisfies them, without calling into action the special generative 

function of the generative organs. And it is also an observed fact that 

the repression of this affectional activity naturally creates a desire 

for the exercise of the other; so that a true remedy for sexual 

intemperance is the full satisfaction of the affectional mode of 

activity by frequent and free sexual contact. Sexual satisfaction may be 

obtained by personal presence, conversation, a clasp of the hands, 

kissing, caressing, embracing, personal contact with or without the 


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