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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

No external evidence of disease, and (as Aitken pointed out) the 

nates are not flattened; the woman's physical condition is not 

impaired, and she may be specially attractive to men. 7. Warmth 

of climate and the season of spring and summer are conducive to 

the condition. 8. The paroxysm in short and temporary. 9. While 

light touches are painful, firm pressure and rough handling give 

relief. 10. It may occur in the occupied, but an idle, 

purposeless life is conducive. 11. The subject delights in 

exciting sympathy and in being fondled and caressed. 12. There is 

defect of will and a strong stimulus is required to lead to 

action. 

 

Among civilized women, the author proceeds, this condition does 

not appear to subserve any useful purpose. "Let us, however, go 

back to aboriginal woman--to woman of the woods and the fields. 

Let us picture ourselves a young aboriginal Venus in one of her 

earliest hysterical paroxysms. In doing so, let us not forget 

some of the twelve characteristics previously mentioned. She will 

not be 'acting her part' alone, or, if alone, it will be in a 

place where someone else is likely soon to discover her. Let this 

Venus be now discovered by a youthful Apollo of the woods, a man 

with fully developed animal instincts. He and she, like any other 

animals, are in the free field of Nature. He cannot but observe 

to himself: 'This woman is not dead; she breathes and is warm; 

she does not look ill; she is plump and rosy.' He speaks to her; 

she neither hears (apparently) nor responds. Her eyes are closed. 

He touches, moves, and handles her at his pleasure. She makes no 

resistance. What will this primitive Apollo do next? He will cure 

the fit, and bring the woman back to consciousness, satisfy her 

emotions, and restore her volition--not by delicate touches that 

might be 'agonizing' to her hyperesthetic skin, but by vigorous 

massage, passive motions, and succussion that would be painless. 

The emotional process on the part of the woman would end, 

perhaps, with mingled laughter, tears, and shame; and when 

accused afterward of the part which the ancestrally acquired 

properties of her nervous system had compelled her to act, as a 

preliminary to the event, what woman would not deny it and be 

angry? But the course of Nature having been followed, the natural 

purpose of the hysterical paroxysm accomplished, there would 

remain as a result of the treatment--instead of one discontented 

woman--two happy people, and the possible beginning of a third." 

 

"Natural, primary sexual hysteria in woman," King concludes, "is 

a temporary modification of the nervous government of the body 

and the distribution of nerve-force (occurring for the most part, 

as we see it to-day, in prudish women of strong moral principle, 

whose volition has disposed them to resist every sort of liberty 

or approach from the other sex), consisting in a transient 

abdication of the general, volitional, and self-preservational 

ego, while the reins of government are temporarily assigned to 

the usurping power of the reproductive ego, so that the 

reproductive government overrules the government by volition, and 

thus, as it were, forcibly compels the woman's organism to so 

dispose itself, at a suitable time and place, as to allow, 


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