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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

morning--I obtained considerable pleasurable satisfaction, but 

the following day my conscience awoke; I also felt pain located 

at the back of my head and down the spinal column. I ceased my 

operations for a time, and then began again somewhat regularly, 

once a month, a few days after menstruation. During those months 

in which I exercised moderation, I think I obtained much local 

relief with comparatively little injury, but, later on, finding 

myself in robust health, I increased my experiments, the habit 

grew upon me, and it was only with an almost superhuman effort 

that I broke myself free. Needless to say that I gave no 

assistance to my suffering friend, nor did I ever refer to the 

subject after her confession to me. 

 

"Some two years later I heard of sexual practices between women 

as a frequent habit in certain quarters. I again interested 

myself in masturbation, for I had been told something that led me 

to believe that there was much more for me to discover. Not 

knowing the most elementary physiology, I questioned some of my 

friends, and then commenced again. I restricted myself to relief 

from local congestion and irritation by calling forth the 

emission of mucus, rather than by seeking pleasure. At the same 

time, I sought to discover what manipulation of the clitoris 

would lead to. The habit grew upon me with startling rapidity, 

and I became more or less its slave, but I suffered from no very 

great ill effects until I started in search of more discoveries. 

I found that I was a complete ignoramus as to the formation of a 

woman's body, and by experiments upon myself sought to discover 

the vagina. I continued my operations until I obtained an 

entrance. I think the rough handling of myself during this final 

stage disturbed my nervous system, and caused me considerable 

pain and exhaustion at the back of my head, the spinal column, 

the back of my eyes, and a general feeling of languor, etc. 

 

"I could not bear to be the slave of a habit, and after much 

suffering and efforts, which only led to falls to lower depths of 

conscious failure, my better self rebelled, until, by a great 

effort and much prayer, I kept myself pure for a whole week. This 

partial recovery gave me hope, but then I again fell a victim to 

the habit, much to my chagrin, and became hopeless of ever 

retracing my steps toward my ideal of virtue. For some days I 

lost energy, spirit, and hope; my nervous system appeared to be 

ruined, but I did not really despair of victory in the end. I 

thought of all the drunkards chained by their intemperate habits, 

of inveterate smokers who could not exist without tobacco, and of 

all the various methods by which men were slaves, and the longing 

to be freed of what had, in my case, proved to be a painful and 

unnecessary habit, increased daily until, after one night when I 

struggled with myself for hours, I believed I had finally 

succeeded. 

 

"At times, when I reached a high degree of sexual excitement, I 

felt that I was at least one step removed from those of morbid 

and repressed sex, who had not the slightest suspicion of the 

latent joys of womanhood within them. For a little while the 

habit took the shape of an exalted passion, but I rapidly tired 


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