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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

APPENDIX B. 

 

 

SEXUAL PERIODICITY IN MEN. 

 

BY F.H. PERRY-COSTE, B. Sc. (LOND.). 

 

 

In a recent _brochure_ on the "Rhythm of the Pulse"[373] I showed _inter 

alia_ that the readings of the pulse, in both man and woman, if arranged 

in lunar monthly periods, and averaged over several years, displayed a 

clear, and sometimes very strongly marked and symmetrical, rhythm.[374] 

After pointing out that, in at any rate some cases, the male and female 

pulse-curves, both monthly and annual, seemed to be converse to one 

another, I added: "It is difficult to ignore the suggestion that in this 

tracing of the monthly rhythm of the pulse we have a history of the 

monthly function in women; and that, if so, the tracing of the male pulse 

may eventually afford us some help in discovering a corresponding monthly 

period in men: the existence of which has been suggested by Mr. Havelock 

Ellis and Professor Stanley Hall, among other writers. Certainly the mere 

fact that we can trace a clear monthly rhythm in man's pulse seems to 

point strongly to the existence of a monthly physiological period in him 

also." 

 

Obviously, however, it is only indirectly and by inference that we can 

argue from a monthly rhythm of the pulse in men to a male sexual 

periodicity; but I am now able to adduce more direct evidence that will 

fairly demonstrate the existence of a sexual periodicity in men. 

 

We will start from the fact that celibacy is profoundly unnatural, 

and is, therefore, a physical--as well as an emotional and 

intellectual--abnormality. This being so, it is entirety in accord with 

all that we know of physiology that, when relief to the sexual secretory 

system by Nature's means is denied, and when, in consequence, a certain 

degree of tension or pressure has been attained, the system should relieve 

itself by a spontaneous discharge--such discharge being, of course, in the 

strict sense of the term, pathological, since it would never occur in any 

animal that followed the strict law of its physical being without any 

regard to other and higher laws of concern for its fellows. 

 

Notoriously, that which we should have anticipated _a priori_ actually 

occurs; for any unmarried man, who lives in strict chastity, periodically 

experiences, while sleeping, a loss of seminal fluid--such phenomena being 

popularly referred to as _wet dreams_.[375] 

 

During some eight or ten years I have carefully recorded the occurrence of 

such discharges as I have experienced myself, and I have now accumulated 

sufficient data to justify an attempt to formulate some provisional 

conclusions.[376] 

 

In order to render these observations as serviceable as may be to students 

of periodicity, I here repeat (at the request of Mr. Havelock Ellis) the 

statement which was subjoined, for the same reasons, to my "Rhythm of the 

Pulse." These observations upon myself were made between the ages of 20 

and 33. I am about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, broad-shouldered, and weigh 

about 10 stone 3 lbs. _net_--this weight being, I believe, about 7 lbs. 

below the normal for my height. Also I have green-brown eyes, very 

dark-brown hair, and a complexion that leads strangers frequently to 

mistake me for a foreigner--this complexion being, perhaps, attributable 

to some Huguenot blood, although on the maternal side I am, so far as all 

information goes, pure English. I can stand a good deal of heat, enjoy 

relaxing climates, am at once upset by "bracing" sea-air, hate the cold, 

and sweat profusely after exercise. To this it will suffice to add that my 


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