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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

Russia, says: "In Russia at all events, a girl, as very many have 

acknowledged to me, cannot resist the ever stronger impulses of 

sex beyond the twenty-second or twenty-third year. And if she 

cannot do so in natural ways she adopts artificial ways. The 

belief that the feminine sex feels the stimulus of sex less than 

the male is quite false." (Guttceit, _Dreissig Jahre Praxis_, 

1873, theil i, p. 313.) 

 

In Scandinavia, according to Vedeler, the sexual emotions are at 

least as strong in women as in men (Vedeler, "De Impotentia 

Feminarum," _Norsk Magazin for Laegevidenskaben_, March, 1894). 

In Sweden, Dr. Eklund, of Stockholm, remarking that from 25 to 33 

per cent. of the births are illegitimate, adds: "We hardly ever 

hear anyone talk of a woman having been seduced, simply because 

the lust is at the worst in the woman, who, as a rule, is the 

seducing party." (Eklund, _Transactions of the American 

Association of Obstetricians_, Philadelphia, 1892, p. 307.) 

 

On the opposite side of the Baltic, in the Koenigsberg district, 

the same observation has been made. Intercourse before marriage 

is the rule in most villages of this agricultural district, among 

the working classes, with or without intention of subsequent 

marriage; "the girls are often the seducing parties, or at least 

very willing; they seek to bind their lovers to them and compel 

them to marriage." In the Koeslin district of Pomerania, where 

intercourse between the girls and youths is common, the girls 

come to the youths' rooms even more frequently than the youths to 

the girls'. In some of the Dantzig districts the girls give 

themselves to the youths, and even seduce them, sometimes, but 

not always, with a view of marriage. (Wittenberg, _Die 

geschlechtsittlichen Verhalten der Landbewohner im Deutschen 

Reiche_, 1895, Bd. i, pp. 47, 61, 83.) 

 

 

 

Mantegazza devoted great attention to this point in several of 

the works he published during fifty years, and was decidedly of 

the opinion that the sexual emotions are much stronger in women 

than in men, and that women have much more enjoyment in sexual 

intercourse. In his _Fisiologia del Piacere_ he supports this 

view, and refers to the greater complexity of the genital 

apparatus in women (as well as its larger surface and more 

protected position), to what he considers to be the keener 

sensibility of women generally, to the passivity of women, etc.; 

and he considers that sexual pleasure is rendered more seductive 

to women by the mystery in which it is veiled for them by modesty 

and our social habits. In a more recent work (_Fisiologia della 

Donna_, cap. viii) Mantegazza returns to this subject, and 

remarks that long experience, while confirming his early opinion, 

has modified it to the extent that he now believes that, as 

compared with men, the sexual emotions of women vary within far 

wider limits. Among men few are quite insensitive to the physical 

pleasures of love, while, on the other hand, few are thrown by 

the violence of its emotional manifestations into a state of 

syncope or convulsions. Among women, while some are absolutely 

insensitive, others (as in cases with which he was acquainted) 

are so violently excited by the paradise of physical love that, 

after the sexual embrace, they faint or fall into a cataleptic 

condition for several hours. 

 

"Physical sex is a larger factor in the life of the woman.... If 

this be true of the physical element, it is equally true of the 

mental element." (Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, _The Human Element in 

Sex_, fifth edition, 1894, p. 47.) 

 

"In the female sex," remarks Clouston, "reproduction is a more 

dominant function of the organism than in the male, and has far 


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