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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

and autumn in lascivious girls and sterile women, while more 

recent observers have believed that hysteria is particularly 

difficult to treat in autumn. Oribasius (_Synopsis_, lib. i, cap. 

6) quotes from Rufus to the effect that sexual feeling is most 

strong in spring, and least so in summer. Rabelais said that it 

was in March that the sexual impulse is strongest, referring this 

to the early warmth of spring, and that August is the month least 

favorable to sexual activity (_Pantagruel_, liv. v, Ch. XXIX). 

Nipho, in his book on love dedicated to Joan of Aragon, discussed 

the reasons why "women are more lustful and amorous in summer, 

and men in winter." Venette, in his _Generation de l'homme_, 

harmonized somewhat conflicting statements with the observation 

that spring is the season of love for both men and women; in 

summer, women are more amorous than men; in autumn, men revive to 

some extent, but are still oppressed by the heat, which, 

sexually, has a less depressing effect on women. There is 

probably a real element of truth in this view, and both extremes 

of heat and cold may be regarded as unfavorable to masculine 

virility. It is highly probable that the well-recognized tendency 

of piles to become troublesome in spring and in autumn, is due to 

increased sexual activity. Piles are favored by congestion, and 

sexual excitement is the most powerful cause of sudden congestion 

in the genito-anal region. Erasmus Darwin called attention to the 

tendency of piles to recur about the equinoxes (_Zooenomia_, 

Section XXXVI), and since his days Gant, Bonavia, and Cullimore 

have correlated this periodicity with sexual activity. 

 

Laycock, quoting the opinions of some earlier authorities as to 

the prevalence of sexual feeling in spring, stated that that 

popular opinion "appears to be founded on fact" (_Nervous 

Diseases of Women_, p. 69). I find that many people, and perhaps 

especially women, confirm from their own experience, the 

statement that sexual feeling is strongest in spring and summer. 

Wichmann states that pollutions are most common in spring (being 

perhaps the first to make that statement), and also nymphomania. 

(In the eighteenth century, Schurig recorded a case of extreme 

and life-long sexual desire in a woman whose salacity was always 

at its height towards the festival of St. John, _Gynaecologia_, p. 

16.) A correspondent in the Argentine Republic writes to me that 

"on big estancias, where we have a good many shepherds, nearly 

always married, or, rather, I should say, living with some woman 

(for our standard of morality is not very high in these parts), 

we always look out for trouble in springtime, as it is a very 

common thing at this season for wives to leave their husbands and 

go and live with some other man." A corresponding tendency has 

been noted even among children. Thus, Sanford Bell ("The Emotion 

of Love Between the Sexes," _American Journal Psychology_, July, 

1902) remarks: "The season of the year seems to have its effect 

upon the intensity of the emotion of sex-love among children. One 

teacher, from Texas, who furnished me with seventy-six cases, 

said that he had noticed that in the matter of love children 

seemed 'fairly to break out in the springtime.' Many of the 


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