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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

relieves me; (2) I imagine I am giving the woman pleasure; (3) I 

seem to attain to a more intimate possession of the loved one. I 

cannot remember when I first felt desire to be bitten in coitus, 

or whether the idea was first suggested to me. I was initiated 

into pinching by a French prostitute who once pinched my nates in 

coitus, no doubt as a matter of business; it heightened my 

pleasure, perhaps by stimulating muscular movement. It does not 

occur to me to ask to be pinched when I am very much excited 

already, but only at an earlier stage, no doubt with the object 

of promoting excitement. Apart altogether from sexual excitement, 

being pinched is unpleasant to me. It has not seemed to me that 

women usually like to be bitten. One or two women have bitten and 

sucked my flesh. (The latter does not affect me.) I like being 

bitten, partly for the same reason as I like being pinched, 

because if spontaneous it is a sign of my partner's amorousness 

and the biting never seems too hard. Women do not usually seem to 

like being bitten, though there are exceptions; 'I should like to 

bite you and I should like you to bite me,' said one woman; I did 

so hard, in coitus, and she did not flinch." "She is particularly 

anxious to eat me alive," another correspondent writes, "and 

nothing gives her greater satisfaction than to tear open my 

clothes and fasten her teeth into my flesh until I yell for 

mercy. My experience has generally been, however," the same 

correspondent continues, "that the cruelty is _unconscious_. A 

woman just grows mad with the desire to squeeze or bite 

something, with a complete unconsciousness of what result it will 

produce in the victim. She is astonished when she sees the result 

and will hardly believe she has done it." It is unnecessary to 

accumulate evidence of a tendency which is sufficiently common to 

be fairly well known, but one or two quotations may be presented 

to show its wide distribution. In the _Kama Sutra_ we read: "If 

she is very exalted, and if in the exaltation of her passionate 

transports she begins a sort of combat, then she takes her lover 

by the hair, draws his head to hers, kisses his lower lip, and 

then in her delirium bites him all over his body, shutting her 

eyes"; it is added that with the marks of such bites lovers can 

remind each other of their affections, and that such love will 

last for ages. In Japan the maiden of Ainu race feels the same 

impulse. A.H. Savage Landor (_Alone with the Hairy Ainu_, 1893, 

p. 140) says of an Ainu girl: "Loving and biting went together 

with her. She could not do the one without the other. As we sat 

on a stone in the twilight she began by gently biting my fingers 

without hurting me, as affectionate dogs do to their masters. She 

then bit my arm, then my shoulder, and when she had worked 

herself up into a passion she put her arms around my neck and bit 

my cheeks. It was undoubtedly a curious way of making love, and, 

when I had been bitten all over, and was pretty tired of the new 

sensation, we retired to our respective homes. Kissing, 

apparently, was an unknown art to her." 

 

The significance of biting, and the close relationship which, as 

will have to be pointed out later, it reveals to other phenomena, 

may be illustrated by some observations which have been made by 

Alonzi on the peasant women of Sicily. "The women of the people," 

he remarks, "especially in the districts where crimes of blood 

are prevalent, give vent to their affection for their little ones 

by kissing and sucking them on the neck and arms till they make 

them cry convulsively; all the while they say: 'How sweet you 

are! I will bite you, I will gnaw you all over,' exhibiting every 

appearance of great pleasure. If a child commits some slight 


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