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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

two functions, i. e., the reproductive, and the affectional; and that 

the sexual energy, if only it have no conscious desire to beget 

children, must be always directed in the way of affection and love. The 

manifestation which this energy assumes depends upon custom or reason; 

the gradual bringing of the reason into accord with the principles 

herein expounded, and a gradual reorganization of customs consonant with 

them, results in saving men from many of their passions, and giving them 

satisfaction for their higher sexual instincts and desires." 

 

Some capable writers on the subject have held that in the practice of 

the methods of semi-continence, such as have been referred to in the 

foregoing pages of this part of the book, there may lie the danger of 

excessive stimulation of the sexual centres, without the safety-valve of 

the physical and nervous relief which follows as a natural sequence in 

the ordinary sexual relations. The advocates of these methods, however, 

reply that such objections while valid in the case of persons who 

practice the same only because opportunity prevents the performance of 

the usual physical relation, still have no true application to those who 

adopt these methods in a conscientious and honest manner, and who 

maintain THE PROPER MENTAL ATTITUDE toward the whole question. 

 

These advocates say that the MENTAL EFFECT upon the secretions of the 

body must be taken into account in all considerations of the question. 

They say that just as the gastric juice will begin to flow in response 

to the mental image or idea of food, and the mother's milk in response 

to the cry of the child for food, so do the sexual secretions, direction 

of the circulation, and other physiological activities result from the 

mental pictures or idea of sexual congress. They hold that if the mind 

of the husband be filled with mental images of sexual congress, then 

there is set into operation the process of secretion of seminal fluids, 

and the consequent engorgement of the blood-vessels concerned therewith, 

which are denied the normal physiological relief, and accordingly 

produce bad effects upon the nervous system. But they likewise claim 

that if the mind of the husband entertains ideas merely of physical 

endearment and caress as "an end to itself," then there is no mental 

incentive toward the secretion of the seminal fluids, and the constant 

engorgement of the blood-vessels, and no nerve force is generated--and 

therefore no nerve-shock is experienced by reason of frustrated 

manifestation and expression. 

 

Parkhurst says regarding the point just mentioned: "In the relations 


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