Sexual abstinence  

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"I have known individuals who out of modesty abstained from venereal pleasures and fell into torpor; others, similar to melancholics, were seized by despair and sadness without reason,; and because of their distaste for food they develop poor digestion. [...] It seemed to me that the retention of sperm has a much more noxious influence upon the body than the retention of menses." --De Locis Affectis by Galen, tr. Ilza Veith


"In ancient, genuine Christianity marriage was only a concession, which besides this was supposed to have only the begetting of children as its end, that, on the other hand, perfect continence was the true virtue far to be preferred to this. To those, however, who do not wish to go back to the authorities themselves I recommend two works for the purpose of removing any kind of doubt as to the tendency of Christianity we are speaking about: Carové, “"Ueber das Cölibatgesetz,” 1832, and Lind, “De cœlibatu Christianorum per tria priora secula,” Havniœ, 1839.""--The World as Will and Representation

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Sexual abstinence is the practice of voluntarily refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity. Common reasons to deliberately abstain from the physical expression of sexual desire include religious or philosophical reasons (e.g. chastity), material reasons (to prevent conception (undesired pregnancy) or STD transmission), psycho-sociological reasons (e.g. clinical depression, social anxiety disorder), negative past experiences, or to conform to legal injunctions.

Sexual abstinence has been debated since antiquity, both in terms of same-sex and opposite-sex relationships. See Platonic love

Christianity

In Christianity, sexual intercourse is meant to take place within the context of marriage; therefore, abstinence is expected of unmarried people. But for married couples, the apostle Paul wrote that they should not deprive each other, except for a short time for devotion to prayer.

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