While the average educated person, nowadays, has a fair understanding of most matters that pertain to sex and reproduction, he is apt to jump to the conclusion that everyone else in the country is equally well informed. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A by-product of the publication of this periodical is the vast correspondence which pours in on the editor, day by day, from men and women all over the country who write for information on the most elementary facts of life.
Particularly those individuals who have been brought up by "stern old-fashioned parents" have had little opportunity to obtain facts and education along these lines; and whatever information they have obtained is often grotesque in its falsity. Just a few cases, chosen at random, will show how realty complete ignorance can be:
In the great city of New York, two people had been married for over two years, yet they had no children. Upon investigation, the physician found out that the couple had never actually consummated the marriage, simply because they did not know anything about sexual matters; although both were absolutely physically normal! Incredible, yes, but true nevertheless. Physicians will tell you this is not the only case on record.
Here, then, are two normal individuals who did not know the most elementary facts about life. They would long ago have benefited themselves, and the country, by having children, if they had been given the most rudimentary information- . which they did not possess.
Another case: A girl living in Montana, 25 years old, was brought up by stern parents who never kissed the child; in fact, she had never kissed anyone. There seemed to be a kiss taboo in the family. This girl writes a pitiful letter, saying that she might be married, if she could overcome her instilled horror of kissing; but her fiance broke their engagement because she steadfastly refused to kiss him. She actually believed that, by the simple act of kissing, she would become pregnant!
These cases may seem far-fetched and pure fiction; but they must be taken seriously. For they prove that false, or faulty sexual education makes otherwise normal people unable to perform their highest duties of citizenship.