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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

 

 

"I believe," the writer concludes, "women are as passionate as 

men, but the enforced restraint of years possibly smothers it. 

The fear of having children and the methods to prevent conception 

are, I am sure, potent factors in the injury to the emotions of 

married women. Perhaps the lack of intercourse acts less 

disastrously upon a woman because of the renewed feeling which 

comes after each menstrual period." 

 

As bearing on the causes which have led to the disguise and 

misinterpretation of the sexual impulse in women I may quote the 

following communication from another lady:-- 

 

"I do think the coldness of women has been greatly exaggerated. 

Men's theoretically ideal woman (though they don't care so much 

about it in practice) is passionless, and women are afraid to 

admit that they have any desire for sexual pleasure. Rousseau, 

who was not very straight-laced, excuses the conduct of Madame de 

Warens on the ground that it was not the result of passion: an 

aggravation rather than a palliation of the offense, if society 

viewed it from the point of view of any other fault. Even in the 

modern novels written by the 'new woman' the longing for 

maternity, always an honorable sentiment, is dragged in to veil 

the so-called 'lower' desire. That some women, at any rate, have 

very strong passions and that great suffering is entailed by 

their repression is not, I am sure, sufficiently recognized, even 

by women themselves. 

 

"Besides the 'passionless ideal' which checks their sincerity, 

there are many causes which serve to disguise a woman's feelings 

to herself and make her seem to herself colder than she really 

is. Briefly these are:-- 

 

"1. Unrecognized disease of the reproductive organs, especially 

after the birth of children. A friend of mine lamented to me her 

inability to feel pleasure, though she had done so before the 

birth of her child, then 3 years old. With considerable 

difficulty I persuaded her to see a doctor, who told her all the 

reproductive organs were seriously congested; so that for three 

years she had lived in ignorance and regret for her husband's 

sake and her own. 

 

"2. The dread of recommencing, once having suffered them, all the 

pains and discomforts of child-bearing. 

 

"3. Even when precautions are taken, much bother and anxiety is 

involved, which has a very dampening effect on excitement. 

 

"4. The fact that men will never take any trouble to find out 

what specially excites a woman. A woman, as a rule, is at some 

pains to find out the little things which particularly affect the 

man she loves,--it may be a trick of speech, a rose in her hair, 

or what not,--and she makes use of her knowledge. But do you know 

one man who will take the same trouble? (It is difficult to 

specify, as what pleases one person may not another. I find that 

the things that affect me personally are the following: [_a_] 

Admiration for a man's mental capacity will translate itself 

sometimes into direct physical excitement. [_b_] Scents of white 

flowers, like tuberose or syringa. [_c_] The sight of fireflies. 

[_d_] The idea or the reality of suspension. [_e_] Occasionally 

absolute passivity.) 

 

"5. The fact that many women satisfy their husbands when 

themselves disinclined. This is like eating jam when one does not 

fancy it, and has a similar effect. It is a great mistake, in my 

opinion, to do so, except very rarely. A man, though perhaps 

cross at the time, prefers, I believe, to gratify himself a few 

times, when the woman also enjoys it, to many times when she does 

not. 

 

"6. The masochistic tendency of women, or their desire for 

subjection to the man they love. I believe no point in the whole 

question is more misunderstood than this. Nearly every man 


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