Main  Contacts  
Table of contents
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

menstrual state is the more predominant presence of the sexual impulse. 

There are other mental and emotional signs of irritability and instability 

which tend to slightly impair complete mental integrity, and to render, in 

some unbalanced individuals explosions of anger or depression, in rarer 

cases crime, more common;[107] but the heightening of the sexual impulse, 

languor, shyness, and caprice are the more human manifestations of an 

emotional state which in some of the lower female animals during heat may 

produce a state of fury. 

 

The actual period of the menstrual flow, at all events the first two or 

three days, does not, among European women, usually appear to show any 

heightening of sexual emotion.[108] This heightening occurs usually a few 

days before, and especially during, the latter part of the flow, and 

immediately after it ceases.[109] I have, however, convinced myself by 

inquiry that this absence of sexual feeling during the height of the flow 

is, in large part, apparent only. No doubt, the onset of the flow, often 

producing a general depression of vitality, may tend directly to depress 

the emotions, which are heightened by the general emotional state and 

local congestion of the days immediately preceding; but among some women, 

at all events, who are normal and in good health, I find that the period 

of menstruation itself is covered by the period of the climax of sexual 

feeling. Thus, a married lady writes: "My feelings are always very strong, 

not only just before and after, but during the period; very unfortunately, 

as, of course, they cannot then be gratified"; while a refined girl of 19, 

living a chaste life, without either coitus or masturbation, which she has 

never practiced, habitually feels very strong sexual excitement about the 

time of menstruation, and more especially during the period; this desire 

torments her life, prevents her from sleeping at these times, and she 

looks upon it as a kind of illness.[110] I could quote many other similar 

and equally emphatic statements, and the fact that so cardinal a 

relationship of the sexual life of women should be ignored or denied by 

most writers on this matter, is a curious proof of the prevailing 

ignorance.[111] 

 

This ignorance has been fostered by the fact that women, often disguise 

even to themselves the real state of their feelings. One lady remarks that 

while she would be very ready for coitus during menstruation, the thought 

that it is impossible during that time makes her put the idea of it out of 

her mind. I have reason to think that this statement may be taken to 

represent the real feelings of very many women. The aversion to coitus is 

real, but it is often due, not to failure of sexual desire, but to the 

inhibitory action of powerful extraneous causes. The absence of active 

sexual desire in women during the height of the flow may thus be regarded 

as, in part, a physiological fact, following from the correspondence of 

the actual menstrual flow to the period of _pro-oestrum_, and in part, a 

psychological fact due to the aesthetic repugnance to union when in such a 

condition, and to the unquestioned acceptance of the general belief that 

at such a period intercourse is out of the question. Some of the strongest 

factors of modesty, especially the fear of causing disgust and the sense 

of the demands of ceremonial ritual, would thus help to hold in check the 

sexual emotions during this period, and when, under the influence of 


Page 5 from 7:  Back   1   2   3   4  [5]  6   7   Forward