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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

sewing-machines, I suddenly heard one of the machines working 

with much more velocity than the others. I looked at the person 

who was working it, a brunette of 18 or 20. While she was 

automatically occupied with the trousers she was making on the 

machine, her face became animated, her mouth opened slightly, her 

nostrils dilated, her feet moved the pedals with constantly 

increasing rapidity. Soon I saw a convulsive look in her eyes, 

her eyelids were lowered, her face turned pale and was thrown 

backward; hands and legs stopped and became extended; a 

suffocated cry, followed by a long sigh, was lost in the noise of 

the workroom. The girl remained motionless a few seconds, drew 

out her handkerchief to wipe away the pearls of sweat from her 

forehead, and, after casting a timid and ashamed glance at her 

companions, resumed her work. The forewoman, who acted as my 

guide, having observed the direction of my gaze, took me up to 

the girl, who blushed, lowered her face, and murmured some 

incoherent words before the forewoman had opened her mouth, to 

advise her to sit fully on the chair, and not on its edge. 

 

"As I was leaving, I heard another machine at another part of the 

room in accelerated movement. The forewoman smiled at me, and 

remarked that that was so frequent that it attracted no notice. 

It was specially observed, she told me, in the case of young 

work-girls, apprentices, and those who sat on the edge of their 

seats, thus much facilitating friction of the labia." 

 

In cases where the sewing-machine does not lead to direct self-excitement 

it has been held, as by Fothergill,[209] to predispose to frequency of 

involuntary sexual orgasm during sleep, from the irritation set up by the 

movement of the feet in the sitting posture during the day. The essential 

movement in working the sewing-machine is the flexion and extension of the 

ankle, but the muscles of the thighs are used to maintain the feet firmly 

on the treadle, the thighs are held together, and there is a considerable 

degree of flexion or extension of the thighs on the trunk; by a special 

adjustment of the body, and sometimes perhaps merely in the presence of 

sexual hyperaesthesia, it is thus possible to act upon the sexual organs; 

but this is by no means a necessary result of using the sewing-machine, 

and inquiry of various women, with well-developed sexual feelings, who are 

accustomed to work the treadle, has not shown the presence of any tendency 

in this direction. 

 

Sexual irritation may also be produced by the bicycle in women. Thus, 

Moll[210] remarks that he knows many married women, and some unmarried, 

who experience sexual excitement when cycling; in several cases he has 

ascertained that the excitement is carried as far as complete orgasm. This 

result cannot, however, easily happen unless the seat is too high, the 

peak in contact with the organs, and a rolling movement is adopted; in the 

absence of marked hyperaesthesia these results are only effected by a bad 

seat or an improper attitude, the body during cycling resting under proper 

conditions on the buttocks, and the work being mainly done by the muscles 

of the thighs and legs which control the ankles, flexion of the thigh on 

the pelvis being very small. Most medical authorities on cycling are of 

opinion that when cycling leads to sexual excitement the fault lies more 


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