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The women’s petition against coffee : representing to publick consideration the grand inconveniencies accruing to their sex from the excessive use of that drying, enfeebling liquor, 1674.

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“Our men, who in former Ages were justly esteemed the Ablest Performers in Christendome; But to our unspeakable Grief, we find of late a very sensible Decay of that true Old English Vigor; our Gallants being every way so Frenchified, that they are become meer Cock-sparrows, fluttering things that come on Sa sa, with a world of Fury, but are not able to stand to it, and in the very first Charge fall down flat before us. Never did Men wear greater breeches, or carry less in them of any Mettle whatsoever.”

The mens answer to the womens petition against coffee : vindicating their own performances, and the vertues of that liquor, from the undeserved aspersions lately cast upon them, by their scandalous pamphlet, 1674.

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Houghton Library, Harvard University

An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.
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Marie Stopes, Married Love (1918).

What maketh a man? Is impotence a “symptom of masculinity in crisis”? What role does attraction play? Did you know that 15 million sperm per millilitre is the lowest limit of “normal” according to the World Health Organization?

Freud and Marie Stopes among others, were spurred by the subject of impotence to research sexual pleasure and dysfunction. Does the success of our sex lives depend on the 7 distinct value factors identified in Behavioral Ecology?