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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

 

 

"After a year or two, when I was working hard, I could not afford 

the attention the control cost me, or the prolonged mitigated 

sexual excitement it caused. I took drugs for a time, but they 

lost effect, produced lassitude, and agreed with me badly. I 

therefore put away my scruples and determined to try the effect 

of giving myself an instant and business-like relief. Instead of 

allowing my feelings to gather strength, I satisfied them out of 

hand. Instead of five hours of heat and discomfort, I did not 

allow myself five minutes, if I could help it. 

 

"The effect was marvelous. I practically had no more trouble. The 

thing rarely came to me at all by day, and though it continued at 

times by night, it became less frequent and less strong; often it 

did not wake me. The erotic images and speculations that had 

begun to come to me died down. I left off being afraid of my 

feelings, or, indeed, thinking about them. I may say that I had 

decided that I should be obliged to lead a single life, and that 

the less I thought about matters of sex, the more easy I should 

find life. Later on I had religious ideas which helped me 

considerably in my ideals of a decent, orderly, self-contained 

life. I do not lay stress on these; they were not at all 

emotional, and my physical and psychical development do not 

appear to have run much on parallel lines. I had a strong moral 

sense before I had a religious one, and a 'common-sense' which I 

perhaps trusted more than either. 

 

"When I was about 28 I thought I might perhaps leave off the 

habit of regular relief I had got into. (It was not regular as 

regards time, being anything from one day to six weeks.) The 

change was probably made easier by a severe illness I had had. I 

gave this abstinence a fair trial for several years (until I was 

about 34), but my nocturnal manifestations certainly gathered 

strength, especially when I got much better in health, and, 

finally, as at puberty, began to worry my waking life. I reasoned 

that by my attempt at abstinence I had only exchanged control for 

uncontrol, and reverted to my old habits of relief, with the same 

good results as before. The whole trouble subsided and I got 

better at once. (The orgasm during sleep continued, and occurs 

about once a fortnight; it is increased by change of air, 

especially at the seaside, when it may occur on two or three 

nights running.) I decided that, for the proper control of my 

single life, relief was normal and right. It would be very 

difficult for anyone to demonstrate the contrary to me. My aim 

has always been to keep myself in the best condition of physical 

and mental balance that a single person is capable of." 

 

There is some interest in briefly reviewing the remarkable transformations 

in the attitude toward masturbation from Greek times down to our own day. 

The Greeks treated masturbation with little opprobrium. At the worst they 

regarded it as unmanly, and Aristophanes, in various passages, connects 

the practice with women, children, slaves, and feeble old men. AEschines 

seems to have publicly brought it as a charge against Demosthenes that he 

had practiced masturbation, though, on the other hand, Plutarch tells us 

that Diogenes--described by Zeller, the historian of Greek philosophy, as 

"the most typical figure of ancient Greece"--was praised by Chrysippus, 


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