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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

 

 

It is not surprising that such phenomena as these should 

sometimes be the stimulant and accompaniment to the sexual act. 

Ferriani thus reports such a case in the words of the young man's 

mistress: "Certainly he is a strange, maddish youth, though he is 

fond of me and spends money on me when he has any. He likes much 

sexual intercourse, but, to tell the truth, he has worn out my 

patience, for before our embraces there are always struggles 

which become assaults. He tells me he has no pleasure except when 

he sees me crying on account of his bites and vigorous pinching. 

Lately, just before going with me, when I was groaning with 

pleasure, he threw himself on me and at the moment of emission 

furiously bit my right cheek till the blood came. Then he kissed 

me and begged my pardon, but would do it again if the wish took 

him." (L. Ferriani, _Archivio di Psicopatie Sessuale_, vol. i, 

fasc. 7 and 8, 1896, p. 107.) 

 

In morbid cases biting may even become a substitute for coitus. 

Thus, Moll (_Die Kontraere Sexualempfindung_, second edition, p. 

323) records the case of a hysterical woman who was sexually 

anesthetic, though she greatly loved her husband. It was her 

chief delight to bite him till the blood flowed, and she was 

content if, instead of coitus, he bit her and she him, though she 

was grieved if she inflicted much pain. In other still more 

morbid cases the fear of inflicting pain is more or less 

abolished. 

 

An idealized view of the impulse of love to bite and devour is 

presented in the following passage from a letter by a lady who 

associates this impulse with the idea of the Last Supper: "Your 

remarks about the Lord's Supper in 'Whitman' make it natural to 

me to tell you my thoughts about that 'central sacrament of 

Christianity.' I cannot tell many people because they 

misunderstand, and a clergyman, a very great friend of mine, when 

I once told what I thought and felt, said I was carnal. He did 

not understand the divinity and intensity of human love as I 

understand it. Well, when one loves anyone very much,--a child, a 

woman, or a man,--one loves everything belonging to him: the 

things he wears, still more his hands, and his face, every bit of 

his body. We always want to have all, or part, of him as part of 

ourselves. Hence the expression: I could _devour_ you, I love you 

so. In some such warm, devouring way Jesus Christ, I have always 

felt, loved each and every human creature. So it was that he took 

this mystery of food, which by eating became part of ourselves, 

as the symbol of the most intense human love, the most intense 

Divine love. Some day, perhaps, love will be so understood by all 

that this sacrament will cease to be a superstition, a bone of 

contention, an 'article' of the church, and become, in all 

simplicity, a symbol of pure love." 

 

While in men it is possible to trace a tendency to inflict pain, or the 

simulacrum of pain, on the women they love, it is still easier to trace in 

women a delight in experiencing physical pain when inflicted by a lover, 

and an eagerness to accept subjection to his will. Such a tendency is 

certainly normal. To abandon herself to her lover, to be able to rely on 

his physical strength and mental resourcefulness, to be swept out of 

herself and beyond the control of her own will, to drift idly in delicious 

submission to another and stronger will--this is one of the commonest 

aspirations in a young woman's intimate love-dreams. In our own age these 

aspirations most often only find their expression in such dreams. In ages 

when life was more nakedly lived, and emotion more openly expressed, it 

was easier to trace this impulse. In the thirteenth century we have found 

Marie de France--a French poetess living in England who has been credited 

with "an exquisite sense of the generosities and delicacy of the heart," 


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