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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

 

Here, as in all the other curves we have been able to consider, 

we may see the usual two points of climax in spring and in 

autumn; the major climax covers April, May, June, and July, the 

minor autumnal climax is confined to November. In the light of 

the evidence which has thus accumulated, we may conclude that the 

existence of an annual ecbolic curve, with its spring and autumn 

climaxes, as described in the first edition of this book, is now 

definitely established. 

 

If we are to believe, as these records tend to show, that the nocturnal 

and involuntary voice of the sexual impulse usually speaks at least as 

loudly in autumn as in spring, we are confronted by a certain divergence 

of the sleeping sexual impulse from the waking sexual instinct, as 

witnessed by the conception-curve, and also, it may be added, by the 

general voice of tradition, and, indeed, of individual feeling, which 

concur, on the whole, in placing the chief epoch of sexual activity in 

spring and early summer, more especially as regards women.[159] It is not 

impossible to reconcile the contradiction, assuming it to be real, but I 

will refrain here from suggesting the various explanations which arise. 

We need a broader basis of facts. 

 

There are many facts to show that early spring and, to a certain extent, 

autumn are periods of visible excitement, mainly sexual in character. We 

have already seen that among the Eskimo menstruation and sexual desire 

occur chiefly in spring, but cases are known of healthy women in temperate 

climes who only menstruate twice a year, and in such cases the menstrual 

epochs appear to be usually in spring and autumn. Such, at all events, was 

the case in a girl of 20, whose history has been recorded by Dr. Mary 

Wenck, of Philadelphia.[160] She menstruated first when 15 years old. Six 

months later the flow again appeared for the second time, and lasted three 

weeks, without cessation. Since then, for five years, she menstruated 

during March and September only, each time for three weeks, the flow being 

profuse, but not exhaustingly so, without pain or systemic disturbance. 

Examination revealed perfectly normal uterus and ovarian organs. 

Treatment, accompanied by sitz-baths during the time of month the flow 

should appear, accomplished nothing. The semi-annual flow continued and 

the girl seemed in excellent health. 

 

It is a remarkable fact that, as noted by Dr. Hamilton Wey at Elmira, 

sexual outbursts among prisoners appear to occur at about March and 

October. "Beginning with the middle of February," writes Dr. Wey in a 

private letter, "and continuing for about two months, is a season of 

ascending sexual wave; also the latter half of September and the month of 

October. We are now (March 30th) in the midst of a wave." 

 

 

According to Chinese medicine, it is the spring which awakens 

human passions. In early Greek tradition, spring and summer were 

noted as the time of greatest wantonness. "In the season of 

toilsome summer," says Hesiod (_Works and Days_, xi, 569-90), 

"the goats are fattest, wine is best, women most wanton, and men 

weakest." It was so, also, in the experience of the Romans. Pliny 

(_Natural History_, Bk. XII, Ch. XLIII) states that when the 

asparagus blooms and the cicada sings loudest, is the season when 

women are most amorous, but men least inclined to pleasure. 

Paulus AEgineta said that hysteria specially abounds during spring 


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