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Sir Tristram
27-07-2007, 18:49:04
I think I am beginning to get the rhythm of this place (and will probably regret that phrase). Anyway from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6918066.stm
is some useful advice
Perhaps the most notorious part of Scouting for Boys never actually made it into the published version. Baden-Powell's lengthy injunction against "self-abuse" and the "pleasant feeling in your private parts" was cut out after the publisher suggested it might not be the best idea.

But Baden-Powell also wrote a section on "continence" for his notes for instructors which in more muted tones warned self-abuse "brings with it weakness of heart and head and if persisted in idiocy and lunacy".

As well as dirty talk and magazines, Baden-Powell suggested problems could be caused by rich food and sleeping with too many blankets and advised cold showers and boxing as a possible cure.

Extraordinarily this advice persisted at least until the 1960s.


Scabrous Birdseed
27-07-2007, 19:02:57
I'm not really into scouting for boys. I'm in a steady relationship.

27-07-2007, 20:22:15
define steady

30-07-2007, 08:28:08
I read that article last week. It's interesting what advice is still relevant.

*heads for a cold shower at the boxing club*