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Eder, M.D. (1936). The Sex Life of the Unmarried Adult. An Enquiry Into and an Interpretation of Current Sex Practices: Edited by Ira S. Wile, M.D. (George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London. Pp. xxii + 320. Price 7 s. 6 d. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 17:136-137.

(1936). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 17:136-137

The Sex Life of the Unmarried Adult. An Enquiry Into and an Interpretation of Current Sex Practices: Edited by Ira S. Wile, M.D. (George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London. Pp. xxii + 320. Price 7 s. 6 d. net.)

Review by:
M. D. Eder

Nothing is more difficult to disclose than the secrets which Everyman knows and Everywoman is talking about. It has required the services of professors of anthropology, biology, psychology, economics, philosophy, a couple of physicians, a lawyer, and a professor of English to draw the curtain on this open secret: the unmarried of both sexes in civilized societies have a sexual life. Dr. Wile, the well-known New York child specialist, recognizing that procreation is not the sole function of sex, claims that another function, by giving pleasure, is at the root of all positive relationship between human beings. All the contributors, dealing with the United States, maintain that there is much greater sexual freedom among the unmarried than a generation ago. 'Gone are bundling, husking bees and post office; sex play is too frank to require specious excuses for its existence. Investigations by several physicians have discovered a wide variety of sexual experiences among the unmarried. Hamilton finds that 47 per cent. of the women and 59 per cent. of the men had had coitus before marriage; Katherine B. Davis, investigating the sex life of 1, 200 college women, reported that 61 per cent. admitted masturbation (the figures have been given in this JOURNAL—Vol. XIII, p. 381 and Vol. XV, p. 95); lesbianism was fairly common, as were also heterosexual relationships.' These statistics are apparently regarded as of extreme importance, for they are given three times over by different contributors.

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