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Henry Stanton

Book Overview: 

Henry Stanton’s book Sex – Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English is intended as a frank guide to human sexual behavior and relationships. It is partly a self-help book, partly an attempt to relay the scientific knowledge of the day in relation to sex and reproduction in a way suitable for popular consumption.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ell may devour any amount of egg-protoplasma without losing its original paternal energy. As a rule a child inherits as many qualities from its mother as from its father.


Sex is determined after conception has taken place. At an early stage of the embryo certain cells are set apart. These, later, form the sex glands. Modern research claims to have discovered the secret of absolutely determining sex in the human embryo, but even if these claims are valid they have not as yet met with any general application.


Some twelve days after conception, the female ovule or egg, which has been impregnated by the male spermatazoön, escapes from the ovary where it was impregnated, and entering a tube (Fallopian) gradually descends by means of it into the cavity of the womb or uterus. Here the little germ begins to mature in order to develop into an exact counterpart of its parents. In the human being the womb . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Fascinating... except that at times upsetting... It's a book written in 1922 about sex. I imagine it was revolutionary in its time. Much of it is so false, it would make me laugh if it wasn't for the fact that I know people who still think and believe some of the horrible falsehoods.

I used to belie

Very old fashioned and a very traditional less modern approach.

This book made me laugh. When I began to read it I did not know when it was written and half way through I finally figured out that it was written during the "flapper" times. There is good advice in the beginning about being open with your children about sex and giving them simple truths. Later on t

An orthodox view.
Girls shouldn't engage in premarital sex lest they be cursed.

Okay, this was written in the 20s, so I went in with the mindset to take everything with a grain of salt. But goddamn did this guy find a way to be progressive by encouraging poem conversation and shameless about sexuality while also being conservative af and just spreading church values of the time

I gave Sex by Henry Stanton four stars. One might think that the title would deserve nothing less but the title has very little to do with the work itself. Published in 1922, the book is based on facts and or suppositions that are either bogus or incomplete. It was, in my opinion, very humorous and

Archaic and Horrible

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