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"If girls were only wise enough to realize how fascinating aloofness is, and what an appeal unsullied purity makes to the masculine imagination, they would keep every man at arms length at least until he had come out and popped the question.
They would not think for a minute of putting up with cheap familiarities from men that rob them of their freshness and make them little shop-worn bits of humanity that have been pawed over like the goods on a bargain table.
When curiosity is strong in any department of the mind, experiments are likely to be set up to dissolve that curiosity.
And constant, close companionship between boys and girls in courtship right at the time when curiosity about sex is strongest, is bound to bring the less disciplined into trouble." "It is true that not every kiss or embrace between those keeping company is a sin.
This is a question we have often been asked during our years of pleasant association with young people.
Here we merely give a concise summary on the subject of kissing; later we shall elaborate on the subject. Rather, let us say that there are four categories of kisses: Kisses that are merely a sacred and lovely symbol used to express deep and beautiful emotion and are not, of course, sinful; the mutual kisses of mother and child; the mutual kisses of husband and wife; the kisses imprinted on a sacred object, such as the Bible, the crucifix, the ring of a bishop, the relic of a saint, the altar, the hand of a priest, etc.; Kisses imprinted on some dear object, such as the flag of ones country, the soil of ones native land, the hand of a benefactor, etc., etc.
If it is not prolonged or passionate, and is not accompanied by any immodesty, it is not sinful, but even then it can produce a strong tendency towards evil that must be seriously resisted.
What is called necking or petting or soul-kissing, etc., is forbidden because such conduct is intimately bound up with, or inevitably leads to, indulgence in forbidden pleasure." A woman has written the following article on a subject that is of interest to young men as well as to young women and it is so sensible, so clear, so instructive, that it deserves to be widely circulated: "I get a great many letters from young girls who want to know what they shall do about the kissing proposition.
There is no slightest doubt in the mind of any decent man or woman that kissing between unmarried people becomes sinful when passion takes over.
"There can be but one answer to give a girl to this problem. A maidens lips should be kept inviolate, and the first mans kiss that is pressed upon them should be the kiss of love from the man she expects to marry.
For a girl to give her lips to every Tom, Dick and Harry who takes her to a moving picture show or escorts her home from a dance is something unthinkable....
When we received this query, we looked over the pamphlet rack in a church where we happened to be and found three booklets on purity, all with ecclesiastical approbation and the oldest dated 1936.
We give an extract from each, about kissing chiefly: "Not every kiss or embrace between company-keepers is a sin, but they easily lead to what is sinful.
Non-passionate kisses that is, those which are of such a nature as not to arouse the passions of a normal person are not sinful in themselves, though they may easily prepare the way for passionate kisses, especially when indulged in by young persons of the opposite sex.