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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

relatively rare among women, and Dana considers it commoner in boys than 

in girls or adults.[307] Moll is inclined to think that masturbation is 

less common in women and girls than in the male sex. Rohleder believes 

that after puberty, when it is equally common in both sexes, it is more 

frequently found in men, but that women masturbate with more passion and 

imaginative fervor.[308] Kellogg, in America, says it is equally prevalent 

in both sexes, but that women are more secretive. Morris, also in America, 

considers, on the other hand, that persistent masturbation is commoner in 

women, and accounts for this by the healthier life and traditions of boys. 

Pouillet, who studied the matter with considerable thoroughness in France, 

came to the conclusion that masturbation is commoner among women, among 

whom he found it to be equally prevalent in rich and poor, and especially 

so in the great centres of civilization. In Russia, Guttceit states in his 

_Dreissig Jahre Praxis_, that from the ages of 10 to 16 boys masturbate 

more than girls, who know less about the practice which has not for them 

the charm of the forbidden, but after 16 he finds the practice more 

frequent in girls and women than in youths and men. Naecke, in Germany, 

believes that there is much evidence pointing in the same direction, and 

Adler considers masturbation very common in women. Moraglia is decidedly 

of the opinion, on the ground of his own observations already alluded to, 

that masturbation is more frequent among women; he refers to the fact--a 

very significant fact, as I shall elsewhere have to point out--that, while 

in man there is only one sexual centre, the penis, in woman there are 

several centres,--the clitoris, the vagina, the uterus, the 

breasts,[309]--and he mentions that he knew a prostitute, a well-developed 

brunette of somewhat nervous temperament, who boasted that she knew 

fourteen ways of masturbating herself. 

 

My own opinion is that the question of the sexual distribution of 

masturbation has been somewhat obscured by that harmful tendency, to which 

I have already alluded, to concentrate attention on a particular set of 

auto-erotic phenomena. We must group and divide our facts rationally if we 

wish to command them. If we confine our attention to very young children, 

the available evidence shows that the practice is much more common in 

females,[310] and such a result is in harmony with the fact that 

precocious puberty is most often found in female children.[311] At 

puberty and adolescence occasional or frequent masturbation is common in 

both boys and girls, though, I believe, less common than is sometimes 

supposed; it is difficult to say whether it is more prevalent among boys 

or girls; one is inclined to conclude that it prevails more widely among 

boys. The sexual impulse, and consequently the tendency to masturbation, 

tend to be aroused later, and less easily in girls than in youths, though 

it must also be remembered that boys' traditions and their more active 

life keep the tendency in abeyance, while in girls there is much less 

frequently any restraining influence of corresponding character.[312] In 

my study of inversion I have found that ignorance and the same absence of 

tradition are probably factors in the prevalence of homosexual tendencies 

among women.[313] After adolescence I think there can be no doubt that 

masturbation is more common in women than in men. Men have, by this time, 

mostly adopted some method of sexual gratification with the opposite sex; 


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