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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

 

In illustration of the foregoing observations, I may quote the 

following narrative, written by a man of letters: "From puberty 

to the age of 30 (when I married), I lived in virgin continence, 

in accord with my principle. During these years I worked 

exceedingly hard--chiefly at art (music and poetry). My days 

being spent earning my livelihood, these art studies fell into my 

evening time. I noticed that productive power came in 

periods--periods of irregular length, and which certainly, to a 

partial extent, could be controlled by the will. Such a period of 

vital power began usually with a sensation of melancholy, and it 

quickened my normal revolt against the narrowness of conventional 

life into a red-hot detestation of the paltriness and pettiness 

with which so many mortals seem to content themselves. As the 

mood grew in intensity, this scorn of the lower things mixed with 

and gave place to a vivid insight into higher truths. The 

oppression began to give place to a realization of the eternity 

of the heroic things; the fatuities were seen as mere fashions; 

love was seen as the true lord of life; the eternal romance was 

evident in its glory; the naked strength and beauty of men were 

known despite their clothes. In such mood my work was produced; 

bitter protest and keen-sighted passion mingled in its building. 

The arising vitality had certainly deep relation to the 

periodicity of the sex-force of manhood. At the height of the 

power of the art-creative mood would come those natural emissions 

with which Nature calmly disposes of the unused force of the 

male. Such emissions were natural and healthy, and not exhaustive 

or hysterical. The process is undoubtedly sane and protective, 

unless the subject be unhealthy. The period of creative art power 

extended a little beyond the end of the period of natural seed 

emission--the art work of this last stage being less vibrant, and 

of a gentler force. Then followed a time of calm natural rest, 

which gradually led up to the next sequence of melancholy and 

power. The periods certainly varied in length of time, controlled 

somewhat by the force of the mind and the mental will to create; 

that is to say, I could somewhat delay the natural emission, by 

which I gained an extension of the period of power." 

 

How far masturbation in moderately healthy persons living without normal 

sexual relationships may be considered normal is a difficult question only 

to be decided with reference to individual cases. As a general rule, when 

only practiced at rare intervals, and _faute de mieux_, in order to obtain 

relief for physical oppression and mental obsession, it may be regarded as 

the often inevitable result of the unnatural circumstances of our 

civilized social life. When, as often happens in mental degeneracy,--and 

as in shy and imaginative persons, perhaps of neurotic temperament, may 

also sometimes become the case,--it is practiced in preference to sexual 

relationships, it at once becomes abnormal and may possibly lead to a 

variety of harmful results, mental and physical.[345] 

 

It must always be remembered, however, that, while the practice of 

masturbation may be harmful in its consequences, it is also, in the 

absence of normal sexual relationships, frequently not without good 

results. In the medical literature of the last hundred years a number of 


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