However, I still think this book is worth reading. Gets a little more outlandish and controversial toward the end as the author branches away from observation and starts to make predictions around his theory. This has a wonderful satirical bite, and works as an open inquiry. Unfortunately, the late chapter on eugenics really detracts from the value of this book, and I found it quite shocking that someone whose writings and ideas I have admired so much could write that chapter. Exactly similar considerations apply to literature and pictures; what was exciting in the Victorian age would leave the men of a franker epoch quite unmoved. Marriage and Morals (1929) is a book by the philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell that questions the Victorian notions of morality regarding sex and marriage. On the topic of "negative eugenics" (selecting against undesirable qualities), he concludes that most such qualities are too subjectively defined, but that sterilization on the basis of "mental deficiency" is justifiable. I should not hold it desirable that either a man or a woman should enter upon the serious business of a marriage intended to lead to children without having had previous sexual experience. They learnt also that they had been systematically deceived by those to whom they had looked for guidance and instruction. This book is about more than the title suggests - it's a look at the past and future of sexual ethics and patriarchal society in general, as well as marriage in particular. I have myself heard a pamphlet condemned as obscene in a court of law on this among other grounds. This page was last edited on 23 September 2019, at 15:02. At this stage the motive ceased to be one of domination and passed into the region of irrational taboo. We can say that some of the ideas of the author is not valid for today's society but his point of view for contemporary morals is admirable: "Its not about an individual's getting hold of oneself about sex (because animalistic sexual desires can be transformed into useful actions, especially via education) but getting hold of oneself about restricting others' freedom.". Russell argues that the laws and ideas about sex of his time were a potpourri from various sources and were no longer valid. This book is the perfect medicament for the disease that is the intensely repressed sexual tension rampant in the societies in the Indian sub-continent and the whole of the Muslim world. Since reading. Philosophically sound and logically reasoned with very interesting examples and research. Better late than never, as they say. Ch. Gradually, however, women acquiesced in the view that ignorance is essential to virtue, and partly through their influence it came to be thought that children and young people, whether male or female, should be as ignorant as possible on sexual subjects. Marriage and Morals is a 1929 book by philosopher Bertrand Russell, in which the author questions the Victorian notions of morality regarding sex and marriage. The Nobel Foundation, on the other hand, wrote that the prize recognized "his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought"; not any particular work. I am not suggesting that there should be no morality and no self-restraint in regard to sex, any more than in regard to food. To an early Victorian man a woman's ankles were sufficient stimulus, whereas a modern man remains unmoved by anything up to the thigh. I think, however, that in order to avoid the risk of certain abuses, it would be necessary that all policemen and all medical men should be castrated. Welcome back. Ch. Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died. This is an impressive example by one of the greatest thinkers of recent history. I can't claim to agree with all he says, but the process of re-thinking what is taken for granted is of paramount importance! But really a little sad but impressive how much of his comments have either c. Wow, Bertrand Russel is a riot! What were the Criteria Set up by Russell to choose the culture with best marriage and morals?