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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

 

 

I find good reason to believe that in many cases the psychic influence of 

masturbation on women is different from its effect on men. As Spitzka 

observed, although it may sometimes render women self-reproachful and 

hesitant, it often seems to make them bold. Boys, as we have seen, early 

assimilate the tradition that self-abuse is "unmanly" and injurious, but 

girls have seldom any corresponding tradition that it is "unwomanly," and 

thus, whether or not they are reticent on the matter, before the forum of 

their own conscience they are often less ashamed of it than men are and 

less troubled by remorse. 

 

Eulenburg considers that the comparative absence of bad effects 

from masturbation in girls is largely due to the fact that, 

unlike boys, they are not terrorized by exaggerated warnings and 

quack literature concerning the awful results of the practice. 

Forel, who has also remarked that women are often comparatively 

little troubled by qualms of conscience after masturbation, 

denies that this is due to a lower moral tone than men possess 

(Forel, _Die Sexuelle Frage_, p. 247). In this connection, I may 

refer to History IV, recorded in the Appendix to the fifth volume 

of these _Studies_, in which it is stated that of 55 prostitutes 

of various nationalities, with whom the subject had had 

relations, 18 spontaneously told him that they were habitual 

masturbators, while of 26 normal women, 13 made the same 

confession, unasked. Guttceit, in Russia, after stating that 

women of good constitution had told him that they masturbated as 

much as six or ten times a day or night (until they fell asleep, 

tired), without bad results, adds that, according to his 

observations, "masturbation, when not excessive, is, on the 

whole, a quite innocent matter, which exerts little or no 

permanent effect," and adds that it never, in any case, leads to 

_hypochondria onanica_ in women, because they have not been 

taught to expect bad results (_Dreissig Jahre Praxis_, p. 306). 

There is, I think, some truth--though the exceptions are 

doubtless many--in the distinction drawn by W.C. Krauss 

("Masturbational Neuroses," _Medical News_, July 13, 1901): "From 

my experience it [masturbation] seems to have an opposite effect 

upon the two sexes, dulling the mental and making clumsy the 

physical exertions of the male, while in the female it quickens 

and excites the physical and psychical movements. The man is 

rendered hypoesthetic, the woman hyperesthetic." 

 

In either sex auto-erotic excesses during adolescence in young men and 

women of intelligence--whatever absence of gross injury there may 

be--still often produce a certain degree of psychic perversion, and tend 

to foster false and high-strung ideals of life. Kraepelin refers to the 

frequency of exalted enthusiasms in masturbators, and I have already 

quoted Anstie's remarks on the connection between masturbation and 

premature false work in literature and art. It may be added that excess in 

masturbation has often occurred in men and women whose work in literature 

and art cannot be described as premature and false. K.P. Moritz, in early 

adult life, gave himself up to excess in masturbation, and up to the age 

of thirty had no relations with women. Lenau is said--though the statement 

is sometimes denied--to have been a masturbator from early life, the habit 

profoundly effecting his life and work. Rousseau, in his _Confessions_, 


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