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absurd, the motive that obscurely prompts it is not, and the transgressors either seek notice in a risky way, are
foolish, to speak bluntly, or else are inviting actual sexual advances.
Though we may actually restrict the sex life so that some men and women become pure in the accepted sense,
it will always be true that men and women will be vaguely or definitely attracted to each other. Like the
atmospheric pressure which though fifteen pounds to the square inch at the sea level is not felt, so there exists
a sex pressure, excited by men and women in each other. There is a smoldering excitement always ready to
leap into flame whenever the young and attractive of the sexes meet. The conventions of modesty tend to
restrict the excitement, to neutralize the sex pressure, but they may be swept aside by immodesty and the
suggestive. The explanation of the anger and condemnation felt by the moral man in the presence of the
"brazen" woman lies in the threat to his purposes of respectability and faithfulness; he is angered that this
creature can arouse a conflict in him. The bitterness of the "saint" against the wanton originates in the ease
with which she tempts him, and his natural conclusion is that the fault lies with her and not with his own
passions. The respectable woman inveigles against her more untrammeled sister, not so much through her
concern for morality, as through the anger felt against an unscrupulous competitor who is breaking the rules.
In so far as women are concerned, the sex pressure on them is increased in many ways. For two years I
examined, mentally, the girls who were listed as sex offenders by the various social agencies of Boston. As a
result of that experience, plus that of a physician and citizen of the world, a few facts of importance stand out
in my mind.
1. There is a group of men whom one may call sex adventurers. These are not all of one kind in education,
social status and age, but they seek sex experiences wherever they go and are always alert for signs that
indicate a chance to become intimate. They take advan...
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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.
- Spring '11