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F., J.C. (1927). Hymen or the Future of Marriage: By Norman Haire. (Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., London, 1927. Pp. 96. Price 2s. 6d.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:553-554.

(1927). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 8:553-554

Hymen or the Future of Marriage: By Norman Haire. (Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., London, 1927. Pp. 96. Price 2s. 6d.)

Review by:
J. C. F.

This vivid and stimulating little book constitutes a worthy addition to the enterprising 'To-day and To-morrow' series to which it belongs. After driving home the theme that 'there is scarcely a single subject relating to sex on which we seem capable of thinking and acting rationally, and our own prejudices give rise to incalculable harm to Society', the author outlines his views concerning the changes that are likely to occur to the constitution of marriage, so far as can be judged from present tendencies. Mating should, he thinks, occur as soon as puberty is reached, and he considers that a change in this direction is probable, though he seems uncertain whether this 'mating' will chiefly take the form of preliminary extra-marital intercourse or of early marriage (rendered less adventurous by greater facilities for divorce). Children will be provided for by the State (as is already so with regard to the education of the great majority), and the State in return will insist upon a say about the number and quality of the children and a stricter surveillance of the conditions under which they grow up. Polygamy will be permitted (though the author regards life-long monogamy as the ideal—but without stating his reasons). The skilled use and understanding of contraception will be universal and sterilization may often be voluntarily employed and sometimes insisted on. Suicide will cease to be regarded as wicked or unreasonable and will be much more frequent, though 'it will more often occur on account of incurable illness and not so often, as at the present day, because of sexual unhappiness'. Doctors will be paid to prevent illness rather than to cure it.

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