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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

 

On the other hand, the use, or rather abuse, of the ordinary objects and 

implements of daily life in obtaining auto-erotic gratification, among the 

ordinary population in civilized modern lands, has reached an 

extraordinary degree of extent and variety we can only feebly estimate by 

the occasional resulting mischances which come under the surgeon's hands, 

because only a certain proportion of such instruments are dangerous. Thus 

the banana seems to be widely used for masturbation by women, and appears 

to be marked out for the purpose by its size and shape[195]; it is, 

however, innocuous, and never comes under the surgeon's notice; the same 

may probably be said of the cucumbers and other vegetables more especially 

used by country and factory girls in masturbation; a lady living near 

Vichy told Pouillet that she had often heard (and had herself been able to 

verify the fact) that the young peasant women commonly used turnips, 

carrots, and beet-roots. In the eighteenth century Mirabeau, in his 

_Erotikca Biblion_ gave a list of the various objects used in convents 

(which he describes as "vast theatres" of such practices) to obtain 

solitary sexual excitement. In more recent years the following are a few 

of the objects found in the vagina or bladder whence they could only be 

removed by surgical interference[196]: Pencils, sticks of sealing-wax, 

cotton-reels, hair-pins (and in Italy very commonly the bone-pins used in 

the hair), bodkins, knitting-needles, crochet-needles, needle-cases, 

compasses, glass stoppers, candles, corks, tumblers, forks, tooth-picks, 

toothbrushes, pomade-pots (in a case recorded by Schroeder with a 

cockchafer inside, a makeshift substitute for the Japanese _rin-no-tama_), 

while in one recent English case a full-sized hen's egg was removed from 

the vagina of a middle-aged married woman. More than nine-tenths of the 

foreign bodies found in the female bladder or urethra are due to 

masturbation. The age of the individuals in whom such objects have been 

found is usually from 17 to 30, but in a few cases they have been found in 

girls below 14, infrequently in women between 40 and 50; the large 

objects, naturally, are found chiefly in the vagina, and in married 

women.[197] 

 

Hair-pins have, above all, been found in the female bladder with special 

frequency; this point is worth some consideration as an illustration of 

the enormous frequency of this form of auto-erotism. The female urethra is 

undoubtedly a normal centre of sexual feeling, as Pouillet pointed out 

many years ago; a woman medical correspondent, also, writes that in some 

women the maximum of voluptuous sensation is at the vesical sphincter or 

orifice, though not always so limited. E.H. Smith, indeed, considers that 

"the urethra is the part in which the orgasm occurs," and remarks that in 

sexual excitement mucus always flows largely from the urethra.[198] It 

should be added that when once introduced the physiological mechanism of 

the bladder apparently causes the organ to tend to "swallow" the foreign 

object. Yet for every case in which the hair-pin disappears and is lost 

in the bladder, from carelessness or the oblivion of the sexual spasm, 

there must be a vast number of cases in which the instrument is used 

without any such unfortunate result. There is thus great significance in 

the frequency with which cases of hair-pin in the bladder are strewn 

through the medical literature of all countries. 

 

 

In 1862, a German surgeon found the accident so common that he invented a 


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