Original article can be read here. This post is part of a series about the 1864 article, “Appeal to Mothers.” It is about masturbation. We pick up roughly where we left off.
In order to not seem like I’m the one going off on jumping around, I skipped a few paragraphs last week. I would like to go back to them now.
After talking for a bit about the perfect people of heaven who have never masturbated, Ellen White talks specifically about female masturbation. Points to her for admitting that women can masturbate. For 1864, this was probably progressive.
Females possess less vital force than the other sex, and are deprived very much of the bracing, invigorating air, by their in-doors life.The results of self-abuse in them is seen in various diseases, such as catarrh, dropsy, headache, loss of memory and sight, great weakness in the back and loins, affections of the spine, the head often decays inwardly. Cancerous humor, which would lay dormant in the system their life-time, is inflamed, and commences its eating, destructive work. The mind is often utterly ruined, and insanity takes place.
The practice of secret habits surely destroys the vitalforces of the system. All unnecessary vital action will be followed by corresponding depression.
Among the young, the vital capital, the brain, is so severely taxed at an early age, that there is a deficiency, and great exhaustion, which leaves the system exposed to disease of various kinds. But the most common of these is consumption. None can live when their vital energies are used up. They must die. God hates everything impure, and his frown is upon all who give themselves up to gradual and sure decay.
Some young persons who have knowledge in the vilepractices of the world, seek to awaken the curiosity of other inquisitive minds, and impart to them that secret knowledge which ignorance of would be bliss. They are not content with practising themselves the vice they have learned. They are hurried on by the Devil, to whisper their evil communications to other minds, to corrupt their good manners.