Sylvanus Stall was a Lutheran pastor who produced one of the first ever talking books, sold as a set of 24 wax cylinders. It was a diatribe aimed at keeping young boys from succumbing to the evils of masturbation.
This was not the only sex advice he dispensed. He also wrote a book titled “What a Man of Forty Five Ought to Know”
“Many young men are deceived because old men who have led impure lives continue to vaunt their corruption of thought and speech, even after they have lost all sexual power and the uninformed suppose that these senile old men still actualise the evil of which they so boastingly speak. The listener does not know that the mind continues to grow increasingly corrupt even after sexual power has wholly departed.
photograph by Diane Arbus
Among the early indications of waning sexuality are the streaks of grey that appear in hair or beard. It might be unsafe to impute the full significance of this to young persons who are members of families where premature greyness is common.
The teeth are likely to give indications of more rapid decay. Instead of being able to expel at a strong stream, urine is now devoid of its force. The sensibility of the testes becomes blunted, the scrotum wrinkles, the testicles atrophy. The zoosperms are small and languid.
At around forty five years of age when the vital forces should be in every way economised , sexual indulgences should be discontinued. **
**nursemyra apologises to all still virile men over 40 who are reading this post. Bring sperm samples (preferably still in their original container) to my clinic on Thursday mornings for free testing.