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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

 

 

There are many other forms in which the impulse of auto-erotism presents 

itself. Dancing is often a powerful method of sexual excitement, not only 

among civilized but among savage peoples, and Zache describes the erotic 

dances of Swaheli women as having a masturbatory object.[217] Stimulation 

of the nates is a potent adjuvant to the production of self-excitement, 

and self-flagellation with rods, etc., is practiced by some individuals, 

especially young women.[218] Urtication is another form of this 

stimulation; Reverdin knew a young woman who obtained sexual gratification 

by flogging herself with chestnut burrs, and it is stated that in some 

parts of France (departments of the Ain and Cote d'Or) it is not uncommon 

for young girls to masturbate by rubbing the leaves of the _Linaria 

cymbalaria_ (here called "pinton" or "timbarde") on to the sexual parts, 

thus producing a burning sensation.[219] Stimulation of the mamma, 

normally an erogenous centre in women, may occasionally serve as a method 

for obtaining auto-erotic satisfaction, including the orgasm, in both 

sexes. I have been told of a case in a man, and a medical correspondent in 

India informs me that he knows a Eurasian woman, addicted to masturbation, 

who can only obtain the orgasm by rubbing the genitals with one hand while 

with the other she rubs and finally squeezes her breasts. The tactile 

stimulation even of regions of the body which are not normally erogenous 

zones in either sex may sometimes lead on to sexual excitement; 

Hirschsprung, as well as Freud, believes that this is often the case as 

regards finger-sucking and toe-sucking in infancy. Even stroking the chin, 

remarks Debreyne, may produce a pollution.[220] Taylor refers to the case 

of a young woman of 22, who was liable to attacks of choreic movements of 

the hands which would terminate in alternately pressing the middle finger 

on the tip of the nose and the tragus of the ear, when a "far-away, 

pleased expression" would appear on her face; she thus produced sexual 

excitement and satisfaction. She had no idea of wrong-doing and was 

surprised and ashamed when she realized the nature of her act.[221] 

 

Most of the foregoing examples of auto-erotism, are commonly included, by 

no means correctly, under the heading of "masturbation." There are, 

however, a vast number of people, possessing strong sexual emotions and 

living a solitary life, who experience, sometimes by instinct and 

sometimes on moral grounds, a strong repugnance for these manifestations 

of auto-erotism. As one highly intelligent lady writes: "I have sometimes 

wondered whether I could produce it (complete sexual excitement) 

mechanically, but I have a curious unreasonable repugnance to trying the 

experiment. It would materialize it too much." The same repugnance may be 

traced in the tendency to avoid, so far as possible, the use of the hands. 

It is quite common to find this instinctive unreasoning repugnance among 

women, a healthy repugnance, not founded on any moral ground. In men the 

same repugnance exists, more often combined with, or replaced by, a very 

strong moral and aesthetic objection to such practices. But the presence of 

such a repugnance, however invincible, is very far from carrying us 

outside the auto-erotic field. The production of the sexual orgasm is not 

necessarily dependent on any external contact or voluntary mechanical 

cause. 

 

As an example, though not of specifically auto-erotic manifestations, I 


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