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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

is negated, the emotion is non-existent, and the subject becomes, without 

effort, as direct and natural as a little child. A fellow-student on 

similar duty, who also discovered for himself the same character of 

modesty--that if he was careful to guard her modesty the woman was careful 

also, and that if he was not the woman was not--remarked on it to me with 

sadness; it seemed to him derogatory to womanhood that what he had been 

accustomed to consider its supreme grace should be so superficial that he 

could at will set limits to it.[33] I thought then, as I think still, that 

that was rather a perversion of the matter, and that nothing becomes 

degrading because we happen to have learned something about its 

operations. But I am more convinced than ever that the fear of causing 

disgust--a fear quite distinct from that of losing a sexual lure or 

breaking a rule of social etiquette--plays a very large part in the 

modesty of the more modest sex, and in modesty generally. Our Venuses, as 

Lucretius long since remarked and Montaigne after him, are careful to 

conceal from their lovers the _vita postscenia_, and that fantastic fate 

which placed so near together the supreme foci of physical attraction and 

physical repugnance, has immensely contributed to build up all the 

subtlest coquetries of courtship. Whatever stimulates self-confidence and 

lulls the fear of evoking disgust--whether it is the presence of a beloved 

person in whose good opinion complete confidence is felt, or whether it is 

merely the grosser narcotizing influence of a slight degree of 

intoxication--always automatically lulls the emotion of modesty.[34] 

Together with the animal factor of sexual refusal, this social fear of 

evoking disgust seems to me the most fundamental element in modesty. 

 

It is, of course, impossible to argue that the fact of the sacro-pubic 

region of the body being the chief focus of concealment proves the 

importance of this factor of modesty. But it may fairly be argued that it 

owes this position not merely to being the sexual centre, but also as 

being the excretory centre. Even among many lower mammals, as well as 

among birds and insects, there is a well-marked horror of dirt, somewhat 

disguised by the varying ways in which an animal may be said to define 

"dirt." Many animals spend more time and energy in the duties of 

cleanliness than human beings, and they often show well-marked anxiety to 

remove their own excrement, or to keep away from it.[35] Thus this element 

of modesty also may be said to have an animal basis. 

 

It is on this animal basis that the human and social fear of arousing 

disgust has developed. Its probably wide extension is indicated not only 

by the strong feeling attached to the constant presence of clothing on 

this part of the body,--such constant presence being quite uncalled for if 

the garment or ornament is merely a sort of sexual war-paint,--but by the 

repugnance felt by many savages very low down in the scale to the public 

satisfaction of natural needs, and to their more than civilized 

cleanliness in this connection;[36] it is further of interest to note that 

in some parts of the world the covering is not in front, but behind; 

though of this fact there are probably other explanations. Among civilized 

people, also, it may be added, the final and invincible seat of modesty is 

sometimes not around the pubes, but the anus; that is to say, that in such 

cases the fear of arousing disgust is the ultimate and most fundamental 


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