Sex in Relation to Society
In the previous five volumes of Studies in the Psychology Of Sex, the author dealt mainly with the sexual impulse in relation to its object, leaving out of account the external persons and the environmental influences which yet may powerfully affect that impulse and its gratification. We cannot afford, however, to pass unnoticed this relationship of the sexual impulse to third persons and to the community at large with all its anciently established traditions. We have to consider sex in relation to society. It would seem that no error is more common among writers on the hygienic and moral problems of sex than the neglect of the psychological standpoint. From the wider psychological standpoint we recognize that we have to conciliate opposing impulses that are both alike founded on the human psychic organism.