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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

state. A friend tells me of a married lady of 40, separated from 

her husband on account of incompatibility, who suffered from 

irregular menstruation; she tried masturbation, and, in her own 

words, "became normal again;" she had never masturbated 

previously. I have also been informed of the case of a young 

unmarried woman, intellectual, athletic, and well developed, who, 

from the age of seven or eight, has masturbated nearly every 

night before going to sleep, and would be restless and unable to 

sleep if she did not. 

 

Judging from my own observations among both sexes, I should say that in 

normal persons, well past the age of puberty, and otherwise leading a 

chaste life, masturbation would be little practiced except for the 

physical and mental relief it brings. Many vigorous and healthy unmarried 

women or married women apart from their husbands, living a life of sexual 

abstinence, have asserted emphatically that only by sexually exciting 

themselves, at intervals, could they escape from a condition of nervous 

oppression and sexual obsession which they felt to be a state of hysteria. 

In most cases this happens about the menstrual period, and, whether 

accomplished as a purely physical act--in the same way as they would 

soothe a baby to sleep by rocking it or patting it--or by the co-operation 

of voluptuous mental imagery, the practice is not cultivated for its own 

sake during the rest of the month. 

 

In illustration of the foregoing statements I will here record a 

few typical observations of experiences with regard to 

masturbation. The cases selected are all women, and are all in a 

fairly normal, and, for the most part, excellent, state of 

health; some of them, however, belong to somewhat neurotic 

families, and these are persons of unusual mental ability and 

intelligence. 

 

OBSERVATION I.--Unmarried, aged 38. She is very vigorous and 

healthy, of a strongly passionate nature, but never masturbated 

until a few years ago, when she was made love to by a man who 

used to kiss her, etc. Although she did not respond to these 

advances, she was thrown into a state of restless sexual 

excitement; on one occasion, when in bed in this restless state, 

she accidentally found, on passing her hand over her body, that, 

by playing with "a round thing" [clitoris] a pleasurable feeling 

was produced. She found herself greatly relieved and quieted by 

these manipulations, though there remained a feeling of tiredness 

afterward. She has sometimes masturbated six times in a night, 

especially before and after the menstrual period, until she was 

unable to produce the orgasm or any feeling of pleasure. 

 

OBSERVATION II.--Unmarried, aged 45, of rather nervous 

temperament. She has for many years been accustomed, usually 

about a week before the appearance of the menses, to obtain 

sexual relief by kicking out her legs when lying down. In this 

way, she says, she obtains complete satisfaction. She never 

touches herself. On the following day she frequently has pains 

over the lower part of the abdomen, such pains being apparently 

muscular and due to the exertion. 

 

 

 


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