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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

stronger at this period than at any other time in her life. She 

could, however, often deny herself physical satisfaction for 

weeks at a time, in order that she might not feel unworthy of the 

object of her ideal passion. "As for the sexual satisfaction," 

she writes, "it was experimental. I had heard older girls speak 

of the pleasure of such feelings, but I was not taught anything 

by example, or otherwise. I merely rubbed myself with the 

wash-rag while bathing, waiting for a result, and having the same 

peculiar feeling I had so often experienced. I am not aware of 

any ill effects having resulted, but I felt degraded, and tried 

hard to overcome the habit. No one had spoken to me of the habit, 

but from the secrecy of grown people, and passages I had heard 

from the Bible, I conceived the idea that it was a reprehensible 

practice. And, while this did not curb my desire, it taught me 

self-control, and I vowed that each time should be the last. I 

was often able to keep the resolution for two or three weeks." 

Some four years later she gradually succeeded in breaking herself 

of the practice in so far as it had become a habit; she has, 

however, acquired a fuller knowledge of sexual matters, and, 

though she has still a great dread of masturbation as a vice, she 

does not hesitate to relieve her physical feelings when it seems 

best to her to do so. "I am usually able to direct my thoughts 

from these sensations," she writes, "but if they seem to make me 

irritable or wakeful, I relieve myself. It is a physical act, 

unassociated with deep feeling of any kind. I have always felt 

that it was a rather unpleasant compromise with my physical 

nature, but certainly necessary in my case. Yet, I have abstained 

from gratification for very long periods. If the feeling is not 

strong at the menstrual period, I go on very well without either 

the sensation or the gratification until the next period. And, 

strange as it may seem, the best antidote I have found and the 

best preventive is to think about spiritual things or someone 

whom I love. It is simply a matter of training, I suppose,--a 

sort of mental gymnastics,--which draws the attention away from 

the physical feelings." This lady has never had any sexual 

relationships, and, since she is ambitious, and believes that the 

sexual emotions may be transformed so as to become a source of 

motive power throughout the whole of life, she wishes to avoid 

such relationships. 

 

OBSERVATION V.--Unmarried, aged 31, in good health, with, 

however, a somewhat hysterical excess of energy. "When I was 

about 26 years of age," she writes, "a friend came to me with the 

confession that for several years she had masturbated, and had 

become such a slave to the habit that she severely suffered from 

its ill effects. At that time I had never heard of self-abuse by 

women. I listened to her story with much sympathy and interest, 

but some skepticism, and determined to try experiments upon 

myself, with the idea of getting to understand the matter in 

order to assist my friend. After some manipulation, I succeeded 

in awakening what had before been unconscious and unknown. I 

purposely allowed the habit to grow upon me, and one night--for I 

always operated upon myself before going to sleep, never in the 


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