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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

 

OBSERVATION III.--Aged 29, recently married, belonging to a 

neurotic and morbid family, herself healthy, and living usually 

in the country; vivacious, passionate, enthusiastic, 

intellectual, and taking a prominent part in philanthropic 

schemes and municipal affairs; at the same time, fond of society, 

and very attractive to men. For many years she had been 

accustomed to excite herself, though she felt it was not good for 

her. The habit was merely practiced _faute de mieux_. "I used to 

sit on the edge of the bed sometimes," she said, "and it came 

over me so strongly that I simply couldn't resist it. I felt that 

I should go mad, and I thought it was better to touch myself than 

be insane.... I used to press my clitoris in.... It made me very 

tired afterward--not like being with my husband." The confession 

was made from a conviction of the importance of the subject, and 

with the hope that some way might be found out of the 

difficulties which so often beset women. 

 

OBSERVATION IV.--Unmarried, aged 27; possesses much force of 

character and high intelligence; is actively engaged in a 

professional career. As a child of seven or eight she began to 

experience what she describes as lightning-like sensations, 

"mere, vague, uneasy feelings or momentary twitches, which took 

place alike in the vulva or the vagina or the uterus, not 

amounting to an orgasm and nothing like it." These sensations, 

it should be added, have continued into adult life. "I always 

experience them just before menstruation, and afterward for a few 

days, and, occasionally, though it seems to me not so often, 

during the period itself. I may have the sensation four or five 

times during the day; it is not dependent at all upon external 

impressions, or my own thoughts, and is sometimes absent for days 

together. It is just one flash, as if you would snap your 

fingers, and it is over." 

 

As a child, she was, of course, quite unconscious that there was 

anything sexual in these sensations. They were then usually 

associated with various imaginary scenes. The one usually 

indulged in was that a black bear was waiting for her up in a 

tree, and that she was slowly raised up toward the bear by means 

of ropes and then lowered again, and raised, feeling afraid of 

being caught by the bear, and yet having a morbid desire to be 

caught. In after years she realized that there was a physical 

sexual cause underlying these imaginations, and that what she 

liked was a feeling of resistance to the bear giving rise to the 

physical sensation. 

 

At a somewhat later age, though while still a child, she 

cherished an ideal passion for a person very much older than 

herself, this passion absorbing her thoughts for a period of two 

years, during which, however, there was no progress made in 

physical sensation. It was when she was nearly thirteen years of 

age, soon after the appearance of menstruation, and under the 

influence of this ideal passion, that she first learned to 

experience conscious orgasm, which was not associated with the 

thought of any person. "I did not associate it with anything high 

or beautiful, owing to the fact that I had imbibed our current 

ideas in regard to sexual feelings, and viewed them in a very 

poor light indeed." She considers that her sexual feelings were 


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