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CONTENTS
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-4
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-5
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-6
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-7
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-8
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-9
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-10
FOOTNOTES
LOVE AND PAIN-1.1
LOVE AND PAIN-1.2
LOVE AND PAIN-1.3
LOVE AND PAIN-1.4
LOVE AND PAIN-1.5
LOVE AND PAIN-1.6
LOVE AND PAIN-2.1
LOVE AND PAIN-2.2
LOVE AND PAIN-2.3
LOVE AND PAIN-2.4
LOVE AND PAIN-3.1
LOVE AND PAIN-3.2
LOVE AND PAIN-3.3
LOVE AND PAIN-3.4
LOVE AND PAIN-4
LOVE AND PAIN-5.1
LOVE AND PAIN-5.2
LOVE AND PAIN-6.1
LOVE AND PAIN-6.2
LOVE AND PAIN-7
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.4
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.5
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.6
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-3
APPENDIX A-1
APPENDIX A-2-3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3-4-5-6-7
APPENDIX B HISTORY-8-9-10
APPENDIX B HISTORY-11-12
APPENDIX B HISTORY-13
APPENDIX B HISTORY-14-15
APPENDIX B HISTORY-16
APPENDIX B HISTORY-17
APPENDIX B HISTORY-18
APPENDIX B HISTORY-19
INDEX OF AUTHORS

In the third study, on _The Sexual Impulse in Women_, we approach a 

practical question of applied sexual psychology, and a question of the 

first importance. No doubt the sex impulse in men is of great moment from 

the social point of view. It is, however, fairly obvious and well 

understood. The impulse in women is not only of at least equal moment, but 

it is far more obscure. The natural difficulties of the subject have been 

increased by the assumption of most writers who have touched it--casually 

and hurriedly, for the most part--that the only differences to be sought 

in the sexual impulse in man and in woman are quantitative differences. I 

have pointed out that we may more profitably seek for qualitative 

differences, and have endeavored to indicate such of these differences as 

seem to be of significance. 

 

In an Appendix will be found a selection of histories of more or less 

normal sexual development. Histories of gross sexual perversion have often 

been presented in books devoted to the sexual instinct; it has not 

hitherto been usual to inquire into the facts of normal sexual 

development. Yet it is concerning normal sexual development that our 

ignorance is greatest, and the innovation can scarcely need justification. 

I have inserted these histories not only because many of them are highly 

instructive in themselves, but also because they exhibit the nature of the 

material on which my work is mainly founded. 

 

I am indebted to many correspondents, medical and other, in various parts 

of the world, for much valuable assistance. When they have permitted me 

to do so I have usually mentioned their names in the text. This has not 

been possible in the case of many women friends and correspondents, to 

whom, however, my debt is very great. Nature has put upon women the 

greater part of the burden of sexual reproduction; they have consequently 

become the supreme authorities on all matters in which the sexual emotions 

come into question. Many circumstances, however, that are fairly obvious, 

conspire to make it difficult for women to assert publicly the wisdom and 

knowledge which, in matters of love, the experiences of life have brought 

to them. The ladies who, in all earnestness and sincerity, write books on 

these questions are often the last people to whom we should go as the 

representatives of their sex; those who know most have written least. I 

can therefore but express again, as in previous volumes I have expressed 

before, my deep gratitude to these anonymous collaborators who have aided 

me in throwing light on a field of human life which is of such primary 

social importance and is yet so dimly visible. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

Carbis Water, 

 

Lelant, Cornwall, England. 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS. 

 

 

ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE. 

 

Definition of Instinct--The Sexual Impulse a Factor of the Sexual 

Instinct--Theory of the Sexual Impulse as an Impulse of Evacuation--The 

Evidence in Support of this Theory Inadequate--The Sexual Impulse to Some 

Extent Independent of the Sexual Glands--The Sexual Impulse in Castrated 

Animals and Men--The Sexual Impulse in Castrated Women, After the 

Menopause, and in the Congenital Absence of the Sexual Glands--The 

Internal Secretions--Analogy between the Sexual Relationship and that of 

the Suckling Mother and her Child--The Theory of the Sexual Impulse as a 

Reproductive Impulse--This Theory Untenable--Moll's Definition--The 

Impulse of Detumescence--The Impulse of Contrectation--Modification of 

this Theory Proposed--Its Relation to Darwin's Sexual Selection--The 

Essential Element in Darwin's Conception--Summary of the History of the 

Doctrine of Sexual Selection. Its Psychological Aspect--Sexual Selection a 

Part of Natural Selection--The Fundamental Importance of 

Tumescence--Illustrated by the Phenomena of Courtship in Animals and in 

Man--The Object of Courtship is to Produce Sexual Tumescence--The 

Primitive Significance of Dancing in Animals and Man--Dancing is a Potent 


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