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HINTS TO HUSBANDS: A Revelation of THE MAN MIDWIFE'S MYSTERIES.

BY GEORGE MORANT, LATE GRENADIER GUARDS.

"Sit you down, And let me wring your heart, for so I shall, If it be made of penetrable stuff; If damned custom have not brazed it so, That it be proof and bulwark against sense."

Third Edition, REVISED AND ENLARGED.

LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO., 4, STATIONERS' HALL COURT. 1857.

TO THE HUSBANDS & FATHERS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND TO THOSE HONOURABLE MEN OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, WHO REPROBATE AND CONDEMN THE UNNATURAL CUSTOM OF MAN MIDWIFERY, AS AN OUTRAGE ON THE MODESTY OF WOMEN, AND DEROGATORY TO THEIR OWN VOCATION; AND TO ALL WHO HAVE HEARTS TO FEEL AND COURAGE TO COPE WITH THIS ENORMOUS WRONG, THESE PAGES ARE INSCRIBED BY

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

The two fold object which we desire to attain in the following pages, and to which we earnestly entreat the attention of our readers, is the exposure and amendment of a vast social evil, which we have reason to believe has, to most reflecting men, become well nigh intolerable. It will be obvious that to bring this evil, with effect, to the bar of public opinion, we must probe it to the very core, and fearlessly unveil and drag into the light its indecent mysteries. In so doing we shall doubtless incur the censures of those easy going people who agree with the poet that

"Where ignorance is bliss 'tis folly to be wise;"

who, like the bird of the desert, by hiding their heads deem their bodies out of danger; who, dead to all the generous sympathies which elevate man above the brute, would reduce the minds of others to their own dull and dreary level of stolid inanity; of those prudent persons who, closing their eyes to the lightning flash and their ears to the vollied thunder, sneak through the world by any side path sooner than encounter a difficulty foot to foot and hand to hand; and, without pretending to any extraordinary knowledge of the human heart, we fear, of the majority of those women who have already sacrificed their modesty at the altar of custom; and, above all, of that class whose presumptuous charlatanism we desire to lay bare. But for all this we care not one jot, provided the mists of imposture be dispelled, and our countrywomen rescued from the disgrace and degradation of an odious system, which, originating in a dissolute age, has since been promoted and encouraged by self interested empirics, and sanctioned by indifference, credulity, and error.

HINTS TO HUSBANDS, &c. &c.

CHAPTER I.

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

The practice of man midwifery is one among the noxious weeds which the rank luxuriance of civilization has produced, and since its introduction it has thriven with unrestrained vitality and ever increasing strength, until at length it spreads its Upas shadow far and wide over our land, and treacherously, mysteriously, and silently distils the poison of its presence deep into the sanctuaries of domestic life. Reader, we will make plain to you the nature and polluting influence of this redundant growth of luxury and vice; and then, with God's help, may you, and tens of thousands of your fellow men, swear by all things holy, just, and good, that the hallowed purity of home shall never more be blighted by its deadly shade.

We are accustomed to speak of ourselves as of a highly moral people; and of our manners, habits, and customs as superior to those of other nations; and of our capital as the most civilized city in the world;

"But these are the days of advance, the works of the men of mind, When who but a fool would have faith in a tradesman's ware or his word? When the poor are hovell'd and hustled together, each sex like swine, When only the ledger lives, and when only not all men lie; When chalk, and alum, and plaster are sold to the poor for bread, And the spirit of murder works in the very means of life... Continue reading book >>




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