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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

condition under which ascidians live at high and low water in consequence 

of the phenomena of tidal change.[78] It must, however, be remembered that 

the ascidian origin of the vertebrates has since been contested from many 

sides, and, even if we admit that at all events some such allied 

conditions in the early history of vertebrates and their ancestors tended 

to impress a lunar cycle on the race, it must still be remembered that the 

monthly periodicity of menstruation only becomes well marked in the human 

species.[79] Bearing in mind the influence exerted on both the habits and 

the emotions even of animals by the brightness of moonlight nights, it is 

perhaps not extravagant to suppose that, on organisms already ancestrally 

predisposed to the influence of rhythm in general and of cosmic rhythm in 

particular, the periodically recurring full moon, not merely by its 

stimulation of the nervous system, but possibly by the special 

opportunities which it gave for the exercise of the sexual functions, 

served to implant a lunar rhythm on menstruation. How important such a 

factor may be we have evidence in the fact that the daily life of even the 

most civilized peoples is still regulated by a weekly cycle which is 

apparently a segment of the cosmic lunar cycle. 

 

Mantegazza has suggested that the sexual period became established with 

relation to the lunar period because moonlight nights were favorable to 

courting,[80] and Nelson remarks that in his experience young and robust 

persons are subject to recurrent periods of wakefulness at night which 

they attribute to the action of the full moon. One may perhaps refer also 

to the tendency of bright moonlight to stir the emotions of the young, 

especially at puberty, a tendency which in neurotic persons may become 

almost morbid.[81] 

 

It is interesting to point out that, the farther back we are able to trace 

the beginnings of culture, the more important we find the part played by 

the moon. Next to the alteration of day and night, the moon's changes are 

the most conspicuous and startling phenomena of Nature; they first suggest 

a basis for reckoning time; they are of the greatest use in primitive 

agriculture; and everywhere the moon is held to have vast influence on the 

whole of organic life. Hahn has suggested that the reason why mythological 

systems do not usually present the moon in the supreme position which we 

should expect, is that its immense importance is so ancient a fact that it 

tends, with mythological development, to become overlaid by other 

elements.[82] According to Seler, Quetzalcouatl and Tezeatlipoca, the two 

most considerable figures in the Mexican pantheon, are to be regarded 

mainly as complementary forms of the moon divinity, and the moon was the 

chief Mexican measurer of time.[83] Even in Babylonia, where the sun was 

most specially revered, at the earliest period the moon ranked higher, 

being gradually superseded by the worship of the sun.[84] Although such 

considerations as these will by no means take us as far back as the 

earliest appearance of menstruation, they may serve to indicate that the 

phases of the moon probably played a large part in the earliest evolution 

of man. With that statement we must at present rest content. 

 

It is possible that the monthly character of menstruation, while 

representing a general tendency of the human race, always and everywhere 

prevalent, may be modified in the future. It is a noteworthy fact that 


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