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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

insanity, these motives are in abeyance, the coincidence of sexual desire 

with the menstrual flow often becomes more obvious.[112] 

 

It must be added that, especially among the lower social classes, the 

primitive belief of the savage that coitus during menstruation is bad for 

the man still persists. Ploss and Bartels mention that among the peasants 

in some parts of Germany, where it is believed that impregnation is 

impossible during menstruation, coitus at that time would be frequent were 

it not thought dangerous for the man.[113] It has also been a common 

belief both in ancient and modern times that coitus during menstruation 

engenders monsters.[114] 

 

Notwithstanding all the obstacles that are thus placed in the way of 

coitus during menstruation, there is nevertheless good reason to believe 

that the first coitus very frequently takes place at this point of least 

psychic resistance. When still a student I was struck by the occurrence of 

cases in which seduction took place during the menstrual flow, though at 

that time they seemed to me inexplicable, except as evidencing brutality 

on the part of the seducer. Negrier,[115] in the lying-in wards of the 

Hotel-Dieu at Angers, constantly found that the women from the country who 

came there pregnant as the result of a single coitus had been impregnated 

at or near the menstrual epoch, more especially when the period coincided 

with a feast-day, as St. John's Day or Christmas. 

 

Whatever doubt may exist as to the most frequent state of the sexual 

emotions during the period of menstruation, there can be no doubt whatever 

that immediately before and immediately after, very commonly at both 

times,--this varying slightly in different women,--there is usually a 

marked heightening of actual desire. It is at this period (and sometimes 

during the menstrual flow) that masturbation may take place in women who 

at other times have no strong auto-erotic impulse. The only women who do 

not show this heightening of sexual emotion seem to be those in whom 

sexual feelings have not yet been definitely called into consciousness, or 

the small minority, usually suffering from some disorder of sexual or 

general health, in whom there is a high degree of sexual anaesthesia.[116] 

 

The majority of authorities admit a heightening of sexual emotion 

before or after the menstrual crisis. See e.g., Krafft-Ebing, who 

places it at the post-menstrual period (_Psychopathia Sexualis_, 

Eng. translation of tenth edition, p. 27). Adler states that 

sexual feeling is increased before, during and after menstruation 

(_Die Mangelhafte Geschlechtsempfindung des Weibes_, 1904, p. 

88). Kossmann (Senator and Kaminer, _Health and Disease in 

Relation to Marriage_, I, 249), advises intercourse just after 

menstruation, or even during the latter days of the flow, as the 

period when it is most needed. Guyot says that the eight days 

after menstruation are the period of sexual desire in women 

(_Breviaire de l'Amour Experimentale_, p. 144). Harry Campbell 

investigated the periodicity of sexual desire in healthy women of 

the working classes, in a series of cases, by inquiries made of 

their husbands who were patients at a London hospital. People of 

this class are not always skilful in observation, and the method 

adopted would permit many facts to pass unrecorded; it is, 

therefore, noteworthy that only in one-third of the cases had no 


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