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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

a lady very truly writes,--"tears, cries, etc.,--which are laid stress on 

to prove the cruelty of the person who inflicts it, are not so different 

from those of a woman in the ecstasy of passion, when she implores the man 

to desist, though that is really the last thing she desires."[75] If a man 

is convinced that he is causing real and unmitigated pain, he becomes 

repentant at once. If this is not the case he must either be regarded as a 

radically abnormal person or as carried away by passion to a point of 

temporary insanity. 

 

The intimate connection of love with pain, its tendency to approach 

cruelty, is seen in one of the most widespread of the occasional and 

non-essential manifestations of strong sexual emotion, especially in 

women, the tendency to bite. We may find references to love-bites in the 

literature of ancient as well as of modern times, in the East as well as 

in the West. Plautus, Catullus, Propertius, Horace, Ovid, Petronius, and 

other Latin writers refer to bites as associated with kisses and usually 

on the lips. Plutarch says that Flora, the mistress of Cnaeus Pompey, in 

commending her lover remarked that he was so lovable that she could never 

leave him without giving him a bite. In the Arabic _Perfumed Garden_ there 

are many references to love-bites, while in the Indian _Kama Sutra_ of 

Vatsyayana a chapter is devoted to this subject. Biting in love is also 

common among the South Slavs.[76] The phenomenon is indeed sufficiently 

familiar to enable Heine, in one of his _Romancero_, to describe those 

marks by which the ancient chronicler states that Edith Swanneck 

recognized Harold, after the Battle of Hastings, as the scars of the bites 

she had once given him. 

 

It would be fanciful to trace this tendency back to that process of 

devouring to which sexual congress has, in the primitive stages of its 

evolution, been reduced. But we may probably find one of the germs of the 

love-bite in the attitude of many mammals during or before coitus; in 

attaining a firm grip of the female it is not uncommon (as may be observed 

in the donkey) for the male to seize the female's neck between his teeth. 

The horse sometimes bites the mare before coitus and it is said that among 

the Arabs when a mare is not apt for coitus she is sent to pasture with a 

small ardent horse, who excites her by playing with her and biting 

her.[77] It may be noted, also, that dogs often show their affection for 

their masters by gentle bites. Children also, as Stanley Hall has pointed 

out, are similarly fond of biting. 

 

Perhaps a still more important factor is the element of combat in 

tumescence, since the primitive conditions associated with tumescence 

provide a reservoir of emotions which are constantly drawn on even in the 

sexual excitement of individuals belonging to civilization. The tendency 

to show affection by biting is, indeed, commoner among women than among 

men and not only in civilization. It has been noted among idiot girls as 

well as among the women of various savage races. It may thus be that the 

conservative instincts of women have preserved a primitive tendency that 

at its origin marked the male more than the female. But in any case the 

tendency to bite at the climax of sexual excitement is so common and 

widespread that it must be regarded, when occurring in women, as coming 

within the normal range of variation in such manifestations. The 

gradations are of wide extent; while in its slight forms it is more or 

less normal and is one of the origins of the kiss,[78] in its extreme 

forms it tends to become one of the most violent and antisocial of sexual 

aberrations. 

 

A correspondent writes regarding his experience of biting and 

being bitten: "I have often felt inclination to bite a woman I 

love, even when not in coitus or even excited. (I like doing so 

also with my little boy, playfully, as a cat and kittens.) There 

seem to be several reasons for this: (1) the muscular effect 


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