Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1913: Views regarding impotency, sterility, sexual abuse and self-abuse

Back in 1913 the views about impotency and sterility were quiet interesting.  The belief back then was it was much better for those who were "idiots, criminally and hopelessly insane, disabled, sexual perverts, epileptic" along with a slew of others to be sterile.

The belief was that impotency and sterility were cause from "sowing your wild oats", injuries to reproductive organs caused "by falling astride on fences, horseback riding", sexually transmitted diseases, alcoholism, and various forms of self-abuse. 

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