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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

regard them as forgotten memories, such as we know to occur sometimes in 

sleep. The child has somehow seen or heard of sexual phenomena and felt no 

interest, and the memory may subsequently be aroused in sleep, under the 

stimulation of new-born sexual sensations. 

 

It is a curious proof of the ignorance which has prevailed in 

recent times concerning the psychic sexual nature of women that, 

although in earlier ages the fact that women are normally liable 

to erotic dreams was fully recognized, in recent times it has 

been denied, even by writers who have made a special study of the 

sexual impulse in women. Eulenburg (_Sexuale Neuropathie_, 1895, 

pp. 31, 79) appears to regard the appearances of sexual phenomena 

during sleep, in women, as the result of masturbation. Adler, in 

what is in many respects an extremely careful study of sexual 

phenomena in women (_Die Mangelhafte Geschlechtsempfindung des 

Weibes_, 1904, p. 130), boldly states that they do not have 

erotic dreams. In 1847, E. Guibout ("Des Pollutions Involontaires 

chez la Femme," _Union Medicale_, p. 260) presented the case of a 

married lady who masturbated from the age of ten, and continued 

the practice, even after her marriage at twenty-four, and at 

twenty-nine began to have erotic dreams with emissions every few 

nights, and later sometimes even several times a night, though 

they ceased to be voluptuous; he believed the case to be the 

first ever reported of such a condition in a woman. Yet, 

thousands of years ago, the Indian of Vedic days recognized 

erotic dreams in women as an ordinary and normal occurrence. 

(Loewenfeld quotes a passage to this effect from the Oupnek'hat, 

_Sexualleben und Nervenleiden_, 2d ed., p. 114.) Even savages 

recognize the occurrence of erotic dreams in women as normal, for 

the Papuans, for instance, believe that a young girl's first 

menstruation is due to intercourse with the moon in the shape of 

a man, the girl dreaming that a man is embracing her. (_Reports 

Cambridge Expedition to Torres Straits_, vol. v., p. 206.) In the 

seventeenth century, Rolfincius, in a well-informed study (_De 

Pollutione Nocturna_, a Jena Inaugural Dissertation, 1667), 

concluded that women experience such manifestations, and quotes 

Aristotle, Galen, and Fernelius, in the same sense. Sir Thomas 

Overbury, in his _Characters_, written in the early part of the 

same century, describing the ideal milkmaid, says that "her 

dreams are so chaste that she dare tell them," clearly implying 

that It was not so with most women. The notion that women are not 

subject to erotic dreams thus appears to be of comparatively 

recent origin. 

 

One of the most interesting and important characters by which the erotic 

dreams of women--and, indeed, their dreams generally--differ from those of 

men is in the tendency to evoke a repercussion on the waking life, a 

tendency more rarely noted in men's erotic dreams, and then only to a 

minor extent. This is very common, even in healthy and normal women, and 

is exaggerated to a high degree in neurotic subjects, by whom the dream 

may even be interpreted as a reality, and so declared on oath, a fact of 

practical importance. 

 

Hersman--having met with a case in which a school-girl with chorea, after 

having dreamed of an assault, accused the principal of a school of 


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