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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

 

 

Her powers are also beneficial. A woman at this time, as AElian expressed 

it, is in regular communication with the starry bodies. Even at other 

times a woman when led naked around the orchard protected it from 

caterpillars, said Pliny, and this belief is acted upon (according to 

Bastanzi) even in the Italy of to-day.[367] A garment stained with a 

virgin's menstrual blood, it is said in Bavaria, is a certain safeguard 

against cuts and stabs. It will also extinguish fire. It was valuable as a 

love-philter; as a medicine its uses have been endless.[368] A sect of 

Valentinians even attributed sacramental virtues to menstrual blood, and 

partook of it as the blood of Christ. The Church soon, however, acquired a 

horror of menstruating women; they were frequently not allowed to take the 

sacrament or to enter sacred places, and it was sometimes thought best to 

prohibit the presence of women altogether.[369] The Anglo-Saxon 

Penitentials declared that menstruating women must not enter a church. It 

appears to have been Gregory II who overturned this doctrine. 

 

 

In our own time the slow disintegration of primitive animistic 

conceptions, aided certainly by the degraded conception of sexual 

phenomena taught by mediaeval monks--for whom woman was "_templum 

aedificatum super cloacam_"--has led to a disbelief in the more salutary 

influences of the menstruating woman. A fairly widespread faith in her 

pernicious influence alone survives. It may be traced even in practical 

and commercial--one might add, medical--quarters. In the great 

sugar-refineries in the North of France the regulations strictly forbid a 

woman to enter the factory while the sugar is boiling or cooling, the 

reason given being that, if a woman were to enter during her period, the 

sugar would blacken. For the same reason--to turn to the East--no woman is 

employed in the opium manufactory at Saigon, it being said that the opium 

would turn and become bitter, while Annamite women say that it is very 

difficult for them to prepare opium-pipes during the catamenial 

period.[370] In India, again, when a native in charge of a limekiln which 

had gone wrong, declared that one of the women workers must be 

menstruating, all the women--Hindus, Mahometans, aboriginal Gonds, 

etc.,--showed by their energetic denials that they understood this 

superstition.[371] 

 

In 1878 a member of the British Medical Association wrote to the _British 

Medical Journal_, asking whether it was true that if a woman cured hams 

while menstruating the hams would be spoiled. He had known this to happen 

twice. Another medical man wrote that if so, what would happen to the 

patients of menstruating lady doctors? A third wrote (in the _Journal_ for 

April 27, 1878): "I thought the fact was so generally known to every 

housewife and cook that meat would spoil if salted at the menstrual 

period, that I am surprised to see so many letters on the subject in the 

_Journal_. If I am not mistaken, the question was mooted many years ago in 

the periodicals. It is undoubtedly the fact that meat will be tainted if 

cured by women at the catamenial period. Whatever the rationale may be, I 

can speak positively as to the fact." 

 

It is probably the influence of these primitive ideas which has caused 

surgeons and gynaecologists to dread operations during the catamenial 

period. Such, at all events, is the opinion of a distinguished authority, 

Dr. William Goodell, who wrote in 1891[372]: "I have learned to unlearn 


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