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Unformatted text preview: ho are conscious of but few difficulties, who are moral or immoral without struggle or
discontent. Contrasted with these are the ones who find morality a great burden, and those who, yielding to
desire, find continuous inner conflict and dissatisfaction and lowered self-valuation as a result. CHAPTER XIV. 122 Our society is organized on chastity and continence prior to marriage, purity and constancy after marriage.
That noble ideal has never been realized; the stories of Pagan times, of the Middle Ages and of the present
day, as well as everyday human experience, show that the male certainly has not lived up to his part of the
bargain. Legalized prostitution in most countries, illegal prostitution in the United States and England, in
addition to the enormous amount of clandestine relationships, are a sufficient commentary on the results. The
increasing divorce rate, the feminist movement, the legalizing of the "illegitimate" child in Norway and
Sweden and the almost certain arrival of similar laws in all countries indicate a softer attitude toward sex
restrictions. The rapidly increasing age of marriage means simply that continence will be more and more
difficult, for I am not one of those who believe that the repression of this vital instinct is without harm.
Continence is socially necessary, but beyond a certain age it is physically and mentally harmful. Man is thus
placed on the horns of a dilemma from which it will take the greatest wisdom and the finest humanity to
extricate him. But I cannot lay claim to any part of the knowledge and ability necessary to formulate the plan.
Let us at least be candid; let us not say grandiloquently that the sexual urge can be indefinitely repressed
without harm to the average individual. We may safely assert that there are people, men and women both, to
whom the sex impulses are vague and of little force, but to the great majority, at least of men, sex desire is
almost a hunger, and unsatisfied it brings about a restlessness and dissatisfaction that enters into all the mental
life. On what basis society will meet this situation I do not pretend to know, but this is certain,--that all over
the civilized world there is apparent an organizing rebellion against the social impediment...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
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