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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

element of modesty.[37] 

 

The concentration of modesty around the anus is sometimes very 

marked. Many women feel so high a degree of shame and reserve 

with regard to this region, that they are comparatively 

indifferent to an anterior examination of the sexual organs. A 

similar feeling is not seldom found in men. "I would permit of an 

examination of my genitals by a medical man, without any feeling 

of discomfort," a correspondent writes, "but I think I would 

rather die than submit to any rectal examination." Even 

physicians have been known to endure painful rectal disorders for 

years, rather than undergo examination. 

"Among ordinary English girls," a medical correspondent writes, 

"I have often noticed that the dislike and shame of allowing a 

man to have sexual intercourse with them, when newly married, is 

simply due to the fact that the sexual aperture is so closely 

apposed to the anus and bladder. If the vulva and vagina were 

situated between a woman's shoulder blades, and a man had a 

separate instrument for coitus, not used for any excretory 

purpose, I do not think women would feel about intercourse as 

they sometimes do. Again, in their ignorance of anatomy, women 

often look upon the vagina and womb as part of the bowel and its 

exit of discharge, and sometimes say, for instance, 

'inflammation of the _bowel_', when they mean _womb_. Again, 

many, perhaps most, women believe that they pass water through 

the vagina, and are ignorant of the existence of the separate 

urethral orifice. Again, women associate the vulva with the anus, 

and so feel ashamed of it; even when speaking to their husbands, 

or to a doctor, or among themselves; they have absolutely no name 

for the vulva (I mean among the upper classes, and people of 

gentle birth), but speak of it as 'down below,' 'low down,' etc." 

 

Even though this feeling is largely based on wrong and ignorant 

ideas, it must still be recognized that it is to some extent 

natural and inevitable. "How much is risked," exclaims Dugas, "in 

the privacies of love! The results may be disillusion, disgust, 

the consciousness of physical imperfection, of brutality or 

coldness, of aesthetic disenchantment, of a sentimental shock, 

seen or divined. To be without modesty, that is to say, to have 

no fear of the ordeals of love, one must be sure of one's self, 

of one's grace, of one's physical emotions, of one's feelings, 

and be sure, moreover, of the effect of all these on the nerves, 

the imagination, and the heart of another person. Let us suppose 

modesty reduced to aesthetic discomfort, to a woman's fear of 

displeasing, or of not seeming beautiful enough. Even thus 

defined, how can modesty avoid being always awake and restless? 

What woman could repeat, without risk, the tranquil action of 

Phryne? And even in that action, who knows how much may not have 

been due to mere professional insolence!" (Dugas, "La Pudeur," 

_Revue Philosophique_, November, 1903.) "Men and Women," Schurtz 

points out (_Altersklassen und Maennerbuende_, pp. 41-51), "have 

certainly the capacity mutually to supplement and enrich each 

other; but when this completion fails, or is not sought, the 

difference may easily become a strong antipathy;" and he proceeds 


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