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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

investigate the psychological nature of these phenomena and to decide 

precisely what their attitude should be toward them. 

 

I do not purpose to enter into a thorough discussion of all the aspects of 

auto-erotism. That would involve a very extensive study indeed. I wish to 

consider briefly certain salient points concerning auto-erotic phenomena, 

especially their prevalence, their nature, and their moral, physical, and 

other effects. I base my study partly on the facts and opinions which 

during the last thirty years have been scattered through the periodical 

and other medical literature of Europe and America, and partly on the 

experience of individuals, especially of fairly normal individuals. 

 

Among animals in isolation, and sometimes in freedom--though this can less 

often be observed--it is well known that various forms of spontaneous 

solitary sexual excitement occur. Horses when leading a lazy life may be 

observed flapping the penis until some degree of emission takes place. 

Welsh ponies, I learn from a man who has had much experience with these 

animals, habitually produce erections and emissions in their stalls; they 

do not bring their hind quarters up during this process, and they close 

their eyes, which does not take place when they have congress with mares. 

The same informant observed that bulls and goats produce emissions by 

using their forelegs as a stimulus, bringing up their hind quarters, and 

mares rub themselves against objects. I am informed by a gentleman who is 

a recognized authority on goats, that they sometimes take the penis into 

the mouth and produce actual orgasm, thus practicing auto-fellatio. As 

regards ferrets, the Rev. H. Northcote states: "I am informed by a 

gentleman who has had considerable experience of ferrets, that if the 

bitch, when in heat, cannot obtain a dog she pines and becomes ill. If a 

smooth pebble is introduced into the hutch, she will masturbate upon it, 

thus preserving her normal health for one season. But if this artificial 

substitute is given to her a second season, she will not, as formerly, be 

content with it."[179] 

 

Stags in the rutting season, when they have no partners, rub themselves 

against trees to produce ejaculation. Sheep masturbate; as also do camels, 

pressing themselves down against convenient objects; and elephants 

compress the penis between the hind legs to obtain emissions.[180] 

Blumenbach observed a bear act somewhat similarly on seeing other bears 

coupling, and hyenas, according to Ploss and Bartels, have been seen 

practicing mutual masturbation by licking each other's genitals. Mammary 

masturbation, remarks Fere, is found in certain female and even male 

animals, like the dog and the cat.[181] Apes are much given to 

masturbation, even in freedom, according to the evidence of good 

observers; for while no female apes are celibates, many of the males are 

obliged to lead a life of celibacy.[182] Male monkeys use the hand in 

masturbation, to rub and shake the penis.[183] 

 

In the human species these phenomena are by no means found in civilization 

alone. To whatever extent masturbation may have been developed by the 

conditions of European life, which carry to the utmost extreme the 

concomitant stimulation, and repression of the sexual emotions, it is far 

from being, as Mantegazza has declared it to be, one of the moral 

characteristics of Europeans.[184] It is found among the people of nearly 


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