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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

Such variations, it seems to me, are due to two causes. In the 

first place, they largely depend upon the character of the more 

influential elder boys. In the second place, they depend upon the 

attitude of the head-master. With reference to this point I may 

quote from a letter written by an experienced master in one of 

the most famous English public schools: "When I first came to 

----, a quarter of a century ago, Dr. ---- was making a crusade 

against this failing; boys were sent away wholesale; the school 

was summoned and lectured solemnly; and the more the severities, 

the more rampant the disease. I thought to myself that the remedy 

was creating the malady, and I heard afterward, from an old boy, 

that in those days they used to talk things over by the fireside, 

and think there must be something very choice in a sin that 

braved so much. Dr. ---- went, and, under ----, we never spoke of 

such things. Curiosity died down, and the thing itself, I 

believe, was lessened. We were told to warn new boys of the 

dangers to health and morals of such offences, lest the innocent 

should be caught in ignorance. I have only spoken to a few; I 

think the great thing is not to put it in boys' heads. I have 

noticed solitary faults most commonly, and then I tell the boy 

how he is physically weakening himself. If you notice, it is 

puppies that seem to go against Nature, but grown dogs, never. 

So, if two small boys acted thus, I should think it merely an 

instinctive feeling after Nature, which would amend itself. Many 

here would consider it a heinous sin, but those who think such 

things sins make them sins. I have seen, in the old days, most 

delightful little children sent away, branded with infamy, and 

scarce knowing why--you might as well expel a boy for scratching 

his head when it itched. I am sure the soundest way is to treat 

it as a doctor would, and explain to the boy the physical effects 

of over-indulgence of any sort. When it is combated from the 

monkish standpoint, the evil becomes an epidemic." I am, however, 

far from anxious to indorse the policy of ignoring the sexual 

phenomena of youth. It is not the speaking about such things that 

should be called in question, but the wisdom and good sense of 

the speaker. We ought to expect a head-master to possess both an 

adequate acquaintance with the nature of the phenomena of 

auto-erotism and homosexuality, and a reasonable amount of tact 

in dealing with boys; he may then fairly be trusted to exercise 

his own judgment. It may be doubted whether boys should be made 

too alive to the existence of sexual phenomena; there can be no 

doubt about their teachers. The same is, of course, true as 

regards girls, among whom the same phenomena, though less 

obtrusive, are not less liable to occur. 

 

 

 

As to whether masturbation is more common in one sex than the other, there 

have been considerable differences of opinion. Tissot considered it more 

prevalent among women; Christian believed it commoner among men; Deslandes 

and Iwan Bloch hold that there are no sexual differences, and Garnier was 

doubtful. Lawson Tait, in his _Diseases of Women_, stated his opinion that 

in England, while very common among boys, it is relatively rare among 

women, and then usually taught. Spitzka, in America, also found it 


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