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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

with the woman than with the machine. This conclusion does not appear to 

me to be absolutely correct. I find on inquiry that with the old-fashioned 

saddle, with an elevated peak rising toward the pubes, a certain degree of 

sexual excitement, not usually producing the orgasm (but, as one lady 

expressed it, making one feel quite ready for it), is fairly common among 

women. Lydston finds that irritation of the genital organs may 

unquestionably be produced in both males and females by cycling. The 

aggravation of haemorrhoids sometimes produced by cycling indicates also 

the tendency to local congestion. With the improved flat saddles, however, 

constructed with more definite adjustment to the anatomical formation of 

the parts, this general tendency is reduced to a negligible minimum. 

 

Reference may be made at this point to the influence of tight-lacing. This 

has been recognized by gynaecologists as a factor of sexual excitement and 

a method of masturbation.[211] Women who have never worn corsets sometimes 

find that, on first putting them on, sexual feeling is so intensified that 

it is necessary to abandon their use.[212] The reason of this (as Siebert 

points out in his _Buch fuer Eltern_) seems to be that the corset both 

favors pelvic congestion and at the same time exerts a pressure on the 

abdominal muscles which brings them into the state produced during coitus. 

It is doubtless for the same reason that, as some women have found, more 

distension of the bladder is possible without corsets than with them. 

 

 

 

In a further class of cases no external object whatever is used to procure 

the sexual orgasm, but the more or less voluntary pressure of the thighs 

alone is brought to bear upon the sexual regions. It is done either when 

sitting or standing, the thighs being placed together and firmly crossed, 

and the pelvis rocked so that the sexual organs are pressed against the 

inner and posterior parts of the thighs.[213] This is sometimes done by 

men, and is fairly common among women, especially, according to 

Martineau,[214] among those who sit much, such as dressmakers and 

milliners, those who use the sewing-machine, and those who ride. Vedeler 

remarks that in his experience in Scandinavia, thigh-friction is the 

commonest form of masturbation in women. The practice is widespread, and a 

medical correspondent in India tells me of a Brahmin widow who confessed 

to this form of masturbation. I am told that in London Board Schools, at 

the present time, thigh-rubbing is not infrequent among the girl scholars; 

the proportion mentioned in one school was about ten per cent, of the 

girls over eleven; the thigh-rubbing is done more or less openly and is 

interpreted by the uninitiated as due merely to a desire to relieve the 

bladder. It is found in female infants. Thus, Townsend records the case of 

an infant, 8 months old, who would cross her right thigh over the left, 

close her eyes and clench her fists; after a minute or two there would be 

complete relaxation, with sweating and redness of face; this would occur 

about once a week or oftener; the child was quite healthy, with no 

abnormal condition of the genital organs.[215] The frequency of 

thigh-friction among women as a form of masturbation is due to the fact 

that it is usually acquired innocently and it involves no indecorum. Thus 

Soutzo reports the case of a girl of 12 who at school, when having to wait 

her turn at the water-closet, for fear of wetting herself would put her 


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