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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

servants, and strip naked before their slaves, and are rubbed by 

them, giving to the crouching menial liberty to lust, by 

permitting fearless handling, for those who are introduced before 

their naked mistresses while in the bath, study to strip 

themselves in order to show audacity in lust, casting off fear in 

consequence of the wicked custom. The ancient athletes, ashamed 

to exhibit a man naked, preserved their modesty by going through 

the contest in drawers; but these women, divesting themselves of 

their modesty along with their chemise, wish to appear beautiful, 

but, contrary to their wish, are simply proved to be wicked." 

(Clement of Alexandria, _Paedagogus_, Book III, Chapter V. For 

elucidations of this passage, see Migne's _Patrologiae Cursus 

Completus_, vol. vii.) Promiscuous bathing was forbidden by the 

early Apostolical Constitutions, but Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, 

found it necessary, in the third century, to upbraid even virgins 

vowed to chastity for continuing the custom. "What of those," he 

asks, "who frequent baths, who prostitute to eyes that are 

curious to lust, bodies that are dedicated to chastity and 

modesty? They who disgracefully behold naked men, and are seen 

naked by men? Do they not themselves afford enticement to vice? 

Do they not solicit and invite the desires of those present to 

their own corruption and wrong? 'Let every one,' say you, 'look 

to the disposition with which he comes thither: my care is only 

that of refreshing and washing my poor body.' That kind of 

defence does not clear you, nor does it excuse the crime of 

lasciviousness and wantonness. Such a washing defiles; it does 

not purify nor cleanse the limbs, but stains them. You behold no 

one immodestly, but you, yourself, are gazed upon immodestly; you 

do not pollute your eyes with disgraceful delight, but in 

delighting others you yourself are polluted; you make a show of 

the bathing-place; the places where you assemble are fouler than 

a theatre. There all modesty is put off; together with the 

clothing of garments, the honor and modesty of the body is laid 

aside, virginity is exposed, to be pointed at and to be 

handled.... Let your baths be performed with women, whose 

behavior is modest towards you." (Cyprian, _De Habitu Virginum_, 

cap. 19, 21.) The Church carried the same spirit among the 

barbarians of northern Europe, and several centuries later the 

promiscuous bathing of men and women was prohibited in some of 

the Penitentials. (The custom was, however, preserved here and 

there in Northern Europe, even to the end of the eighteenth 

century, or later. In Rudeck's _Geschichte der oeffentlichen 

Sittlichkeit in Deutschland_, an interesting chapter, with 

contemporary illustrations, is devoted to this custom; also, Max 

Bauer, _Das Geschlechtsleben in der Deutschen Vergangenheit_, pp. 

216-265.) 

 

"Women," says Clement again, "should not seek to be graceful by 

avoiding broad drinking vessels that oblige them to stretch their 

mouths, in order to drink from narrow alabastra that cause them 

indecently to throw back the head, revealing to men their necks 

and breasts. The mere thought of what she is ought to inspire a 

woman with modesty.... On no account must a woman be permitted to 


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