Strange Marriage Views
Marriage. By Leon Blum. Translated by Warre Bradley Wells. (Jarrolds. 10s. 6d. net.)
This is a very tiresome book. Mr. Blum's notion is that normal men and women are for a time naturally polygamous, gradually becoming monogamous; and he would have our social system changed so that people may without blame exhaust their polygamous desires and then, when they reach the monogamous phase, marry and settle down: this, he believes, would be the saving of marriage as an institution in contemporary times.
It will be news to many that marriage stands in any need of being saved, Anyway, Mr. Blurn's thesis obviously has no importance for those (still the overwhelming majority in Western Europe and America) who believe that monogamy and Christian sexual morality in general represent the natural law of man's being in these matters-one of those natural laws, in fact, which Mr. Blum himself refers to as " inflexible." Some books on this topic, no less revolutionary and antinomian than the one under consideration, nevertheless incidentally convey valuable lessons and truths: hardly at all so Mr. Blum's.
He lays proper emphasiron the need for deliberate and careful mutual sexual ad.