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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

 

 

This feeling has, however, its normal range, and is not, _per 

se_, a perversity, though it may doubtless become so when unduly 

heightened by Christian sentiment, and especially if it leads, as 

to some extent it has led in my Russian correspondent, to an 

abnormal feeling of the sexual attraction of girls who have only 

or scarcely reached the age of puberty. The sexual charm of this 

period of girlhood is well illustrated in many of the poems of 

Thomas Ashe, and it is worthy of note, as perhaps supporting the 

contention that this attraction is based on Christian feeling, 

that Ashe had been a clergyman. An attentiveness to the woman's 

pleasure remains, in itself, very far from a perversion, but 

increases, as Colin Scott has pointed out, with civilization, 

while its absence--the indifference to the partner's pleasure--is 

a perversion of the most degraded kind. 

 

There is no such instinctive demand on the woman's part for innocence in 

the man.[19] In the nature of things that could not be. Such emotion is 

required for properly playing the part of the pursued; it is by no means 

an added attraction on the part of the pursuer. There is, however, an 

allied and corresponding desire which is very often clearly or latently 

present in the woman: a longing for pleasure that is stolen or forbidden. 

It is a mistake to suppose that this is an indication of viciousness or 

perversity. It appears to be an impulse that occurs quite naturally in 

altogether innocent women. The exciting charm of the risky and dangerous 

naturally arises on a background of feminine shyness and timidity. We may 

trace its recognition at a very early stage of history in the story of Eve 

and the forbidden fruit that has so often been the symbol of the masculine 

organs of sex. It is on this ground that many have argued the folly of 

laying external restrictions on women in matters of love. Thus in quoting 

the great Italian writer who afterwards became Pope Pius II, Robert Burton 

remarked: "I am of AEneas Sylvius' mind, 'Those jealous Italians do very 

ill to lock up their wives; for women are of such a disposition they will 

mostly covet that which is denied most, and offend least when they have 

free liberty to trespass.'"[20] 

 

It is the spontaneous and natural instinct of the lover to desire modesty 

in his mistress, and by no means any calculated opinion on his part that 

modesty is the sign of sexual emotion. It remains true, however, that 

modesty is an expression of feminine erotic impulse. We have here one of 

the instances, of which there, are so many, of that curious and 

instinctive harmony by which Nature has sought the more effectively to 

bring about the ends of courtship. As to the fact itself there can be 

little doubt. It constantly forces itself on the notice of careful 

observers, and has long been decided in the affirmative by those who have 

discussed the matter. Venette, one of the earliest writers on the 

psychology of sex, after discussing the question at length, decided that 

the timid woman is a more ardent lover than the bold woman.[21] "It is the 

most pudent girl," remarked Restif de la Bretonne whose experience of 

women was so extensive, "the girl who blushes most, who is most disposed 

to the pleasures of love," he adds that, in girls and boys alike, shyness 

is a premature consciousness of sex.[22] This observation has even become 

embodied in popular proverbs. "Do as the lasses do--say no, but take it," 


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