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A Solemn Appeal

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    IT DETERIORATES THE SEXUAL CHARACTERISTICS

    “We have seen that over-indulgence, in all its forms, plants disease in the sexual apparatus. Now if this disease ended here, it would do great injury; but it goes farther, and does more. It deteriorates the sexualSOAP 207.2

    characteristics. That is, it impairs the manliness of the male, and the femininity of the female. Now the entire manhood of the man, all his nobleness, dignified aspirations, efficiency, and manliness, are created by, and depend upon, this his mental and physical sexuality. So do all the beauty, grace, refinement, purity, elegance, fascination, and charms of woman. This is certain. Now in and by this injury of the sexual apparatus, over-indulgence proportionally impairs the manhood and power of the former, and the beauty, sweetness, and charms of the latter. This result is necessary and universal.SOAP 208.1

    “Destroy the sexual apparatus of animals by emasculation, and witness the effects. Compare the stallion with the gelding. What becomes of the proud and lofty prance, the noble bearing, the perfect form, the physical stamina, the free, bold, neighing, resolute, powerful horse? His neighing subdued, except as partially renewed by the arrival of the sexual season. His arched and thickened neck unstrung. His lofty prance exchanged for the steady jog. His mien humbled. His freed spirit chained. His physical power greatly subdued. No longer the horse proper, but lowered, mutilated, and the mere shadow of that noble animal. Compare the bull with the stag. You find results every way similar; as also by comparing the ram with the wether. What but the perfection of his sexual nature gives the bull his force and power of endurance over the ox, even enabling him to endure what would kill to oxen? Why can the former be easily tamed and subdued, but the latter never? Why a small bull whip a large ox? Why can the stud perform twice the labor of the gelding? The perfection of the sexual apparatus alone makes the difference. This principle applies throughout the animal kingdom, and is equally true of man. I once knew a eunuch, rendered so by his own hands. His voice, effeminate and hackled. His tones, pining, and whining, and complaining. The base, strong voice of manhood merged into the most diminutive manner of speaking imaginable. His look, sorrowful and hapless. His motions, slow and feeble. His very existence, a burden. And all because his sexuality, mental, as well as physical, was gone. No more the man! A mere thing!SOAP 208.2

    “Now, by a law of things, whatever impairs the physical sexuality; and as over-indulgence does this, therefore, whoever gives way to this passion proportionally impairs his manhood, and becomes the ox or gelding; or else effaces the charms of the feminine. The man lays down his nobleness, dignity, power, and manhood, and is no longer bold, resolute, determined aspiring, dignified; but becomes depreciated, irresolute, undetermined, tamed, and conscious of his degradation. No longer comprehensive in planning, efficient in executing, correct in judgment, full of thought, strong in intellect, courteous in manner, noble in mien, and gallant to woman; but he becomes disheartened, uncertain in his plans, and inefficient in their execution, and a drone to himself and society. So too the female, deceased here, loses proportionally the amiableness and gracefulness of her sex, her sweetness of voice, disposition, and manner, her native enthusiasm, her beauty of face and form, her gracefulness and eloquence of carriage, her looks of love and interest in man, and to him, and becomes merged into a mongrel, neither male nor female, but marred by the defects of both, without possessing the virtues of either. This principle furnishes a very excellent hint to those who would retain or restore their beauty, to preserve or restore this apparatus - a means of promoting beauty much more effectual than all the padding, bustles, and fashionable attire in the world.SOAP 209.1

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