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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

"liberty of prophesying" was centuries since eloquently vindicated for 

Englishmen; the liberty of investigating facts is still called in 

question, under one pretence or another, and to seek out the most vital 

facts of life is still in England a perilous task. 

 

I desire most heartily to thank the numerous friends and correspondents, 

some living in remote parts of the world, who have freely assisted me in 

my work with valuable information and personal histories. To Mr. F.H. 

Perry-Coste I owe an appendix which is by far the most elaborate attempt 

yet made to find evidence of periodicity in the spontaneous sexual 

manifestations of sleep; my debts to various medical and other 

correspondents are duly stated in the text. To many women friends and 

correspondents I may here express my gratitude for the manner in which 

they have furnished me with intimate personal records, and for the 

cross-examination to which they have allowed me to subject them. I may 

already say here, what I shall have occasion to say more emphatically in 

subsequent volumes, that without the assistance I have received from women 

of fine intelligence and high character my work would be impossible. I 

regret that I cannot make my thanks more specific. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS. 

 

 

THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY. 

 

I. 

 

The Definition of Modesty--The Significance of Modesty--Difficulties in 

the Way of Its Analysis--The Varying Phenomena of Modesty Among Different 

Peoples and in Different Ages. 

 

II. 

 

Modesty an Agglomeration of Fears--Children in Relation to 

Modesty--Modesty in Animals--The Attitude of the Medicean Venus--The 

Sexual Factor of Modesty Based on Sexual periodicity and on the Primitive 

Phenomena of Courtship--The Necessity of Seclusion in Primitive Sexual 

Intercourse--The Meaning of Coquetry--The Sexual Charm of Modesty--Modesty 

as an Expression of Feminine Erotic Impulse--The Fear of Causing Disgust 

as a Factor of Modesty--The Modesty of Savages in Regard to Eating in the 

Presence of Others--The Sacro-Pubic Region as a Focus of Disgust--The Idea 

of Ceremonial Uncleanliness--The Custom of Veiling the Face--Ornaments and 

Clothing--Modesty Becomes Concentrated in the Garment--The Economic Factor 

in Modesty--The Contribution of Civilization to Modesty--The Elaboration 

of Social Ritual. 

 

III. 

 

The Blush the Sanction of Modesty--The Phenomena of Blushing--Influences 

Which Modify the Aptitude to Blush--Darkness, Concealment of the Face, 

Etc. 

 

IV. 

 

Summary of the Factors of Modesty--The Future of Modesty--Modesty an 

Essential Element of Love. 

 

 

THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY. 

 

I. 

 

The Various Physiological and Psychological Rhythms--Menstruation--The 

Alleged Influence of the Moon--Frequent Suppression of Menstruation among 

Primitive Races--Mittelschmerz--Possible Tendency to a Future 

Intermenstrual Cycle--Menstruation among Animals--Menstruating Monkeys and 

Apes--What is Menstruation--Its Primary Cause Still Obscure--The Relation 

of Menstruation to Ovulation--The Occasional Absence of Menstruation in 

Health--The Relation of Menstruation to "Heat"--The Prohibition of 

Intercourse during Menstruation--The Predominance of Sexual Excitement at 

and around the Menstrual Period--Its Absence during the Period Frequently 

Apparent only. 

 

II. 

 

The Question of a Monthly Sexual Cycle in Men--The Earliest Suggestions of 

a General Physiological Cycle in Men--Periodicity in Disease--Insanity, 

Heart Disease, etc.--The Alleged Twenty-three Days' Cycle--The 


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