Wacky White Wednesday #10 Masturbation Part The Last

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.
Place #2 where Ellen White….doesn’t exactly say masturbation causes cancer, but that it causes the dormant cancer to become malignant.
Honest question time: does cancer work that way? In psychology class last semester, we learned stress doesn’t cause AIDS, but it can speed up the process of turning HIV into AIDS. But I didn’t think cancer worked that way? I thought cancer was either something you had or you didn’t.
I don’t think cancer was well understood in 1864. I do not think it is well understood now. However, I think scientists have safely ruled out masturbation as one of the causes.
The practice of secret habits surely destroys the vital
forces of the system. All unnecessary vital action will be followed by corresponding depression.
Depression, another thing on the long list of things caused by masturbation.
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.
Except that we now have a cure for some forms of “consumption,” which we now call tuberculosis. Not everyone who gets it dies.
Ellen White goes on for a while about how focusing on God and nature can help you not to masturbate. Then she says this:
Some young persons who have knowledge in the vile
practices 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.
Note that she says some young persons. That word “some” is inclusive enough that this sentence has to be true. I’m sure there are some who would educate their peers about their habits of masturbation. But are these people a majority? I honestly don’t know.
Anyway, that’s really the end of most of the fuckery. The next few pages are just Ellen going on about how God can help you, God forgives you, and that now is the time to make sure your children never develop the habit of “self abuse.”
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