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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

bladder, sometimes the mere fact of being in a strange bed, and to some 

extent apparently by the existence of monthly and yearly rhythms. On the 

whole, it is a fairly definite and regular phenomenon which usually leaves 

little conscious trace on awaking, beyond probably some sense of fatigue 

and, occasionally, a headache. In women, however, the phenomena of 

auto-erotism during sleep seem to be much more irregular, varied, and 

diffused. So far as I have been able to make inquiries, it is the 

exception rather than the rule for girls to experience definitely erotic 

dreams about the period of puberty or adolescence.[238] Auto-erotic 

phenomena during sleep in women who have never experienced the orgasm when 

awake are usually of a very vague kind; while it is the rule in a chaste 

youth for the orgasm thus to manifest itself, it is the exception in a 

chaste girl. It is not, as a rule, until the orgasm has been definitely 

produced in the waking state--under whatever conditions it may have been 

produced--that it begins to occur during sleep, and even in a strongly 

sexual woman living a repressed life it is often comparatively 

infrequent.[239] Thus, a young medical woman who endeavors to deal 

strenuously with her physical sexual emotions writes: "I sleep soundly, 

and do not dream at all. Occasionally, but very rarely, I have had 

sensations which awakened me suddenly. They can scarcely be called dreams, 

for they are mere impulses, nothing connected or coherent, yet prompted, I 

know, by sexual feeling. This is probably an experience common to all." 

Another lady (with a restrained psycho-sexual tendency to be attracted to 

both sexes), states that her first sexual sensations with orgasm were felt 

in dreams at the age of 16, but these dreams, which she has now forgotten, 

were not agreeable and not erotic; two or three years later spontaneous 

orgasm began to occur occasionally when awake, and after this, orgasm 

took place regularly once or twice a week in sleep, but still without 

erotic dreams; she merely dreamt that the orgasm was occurring and awoke 

as it took place. 

 

It is possible that to the comparative rarity in chaste women of complete 

orgasm during sleep, we may in part attribute the violence with which 

repressed sexual emotion in women often manifests itself.[240] There is 

thus a difference here between men and women which is of some significance 

when we are considering the natural satisfaction of the sexual impulse in 

chaste women. 

 

In women, who have become accustomed to sexual intercourse, erotic dreams 

of fully developed character occur, with complete orgasm and accompanying 

relief--as may occasionally be the case in women who are not acquainted 

with actual intercourse;[241] some women, however, even when familiar with 

actual coitus, find that sexual dreams, though accompanied by emissions, 

are only the symptoms of desire and do not produce actual relief. 

 

Some interest attaches to cases in which young women, even girls at 

puberty, experience dreams of erotic character, or at all events dream 

concerning coitus or men in erection, although they profess, and almost 

certainly with truth, to be quite ignorant of sexual phenomena. Several 

such dreams of remarkable character have been communicated to me. One can 

imagine that the psychologists of some schools would see in these dreams 

the spontaneous eruption of the experiences of the race. I am inclined to 


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