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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

An American physician in the State of Connecticut sends me the 

following notes concerning a series of 13 married women, taken, 

as they occurred, in obstetric practice. They are in every way 

respectable and moral women:-- 

 

"Mrs. A. says that her husband does not give her sufficient 

sexual attention, as he fears they will have more children than 

he can properly care for. Mrs. B. always enjoys intercourse; so 

does Mrs. C. Mrs. D. is easily excited and very fond of sexual 

attention. Mrs. E. likes intercourse if her husband is careful 

not to hurt her. Mrs. F. never had any sexual desire until after 

second marriage, but it is now very urgent at times. Mrs. G. is 

not easily excited, but has never objected to her husband's 

attention. Mrs. H. would prefer to have her husband exhibit more 

attention. Mrs. I. never refused her husband, but he does not 

trouble her much. Mrs. J. thinks that three or four times a week 

is satisfactory, but would not object to nightly intercourse. 

Mrs. K. does not think that her husband could give her more than 

she would like. Mrs. L. would prefer to live with a woman if it 

were not for sexual intercourse. Mrs. M., aged 40, says that her 

husband, aged 65, insists upon intercourse three times every 

night, and that he keeps her tired and disgusted. She each time 

has at least one orgasm, and would not object to reasonable 

attention." 

 

It may be remarked that, while these results in English women of the 

middle class are in fair agreement with the German and Austrian 

observations I have quoted, they differ from Campbell's results among 

women of the working class in London. This discrepancy is, perhaps, not 

difficult to explain. While the conditions of upper-class life may 

possibly be peculiarly favorable to the development of the sexual 

emotions, among the working classes in London, where the stress of the 

struggle for existence under bad hygienic conditions is so severe, they 

may be peculiarly unfavorable. It is thus possible that there really are a 

smaller number of women experiencing sexual emotion among the class dealt 

with by Campbell than among the class to which my series belong.[168] 

 

A more serious consideration is the method of investigation. A working 

man, who is perhaps unintelligent outside his own work, and in many cases 

married to a woman who is superior in refinement, may possibly be able to 

arouse his wife's sexual emotions, and also able to ascertain what those 

emotions are, and be willing to answer questions truthfully on this point, 

to the best of his ability, but he is by no means a witness whose evidence 

is final. While, however, Campbell's facts may not be quite 

unquestionable, I am inclined to agree with his conclusion, and 

Mantegazza's, that there is a very great range of variation in this 

matter, and that there is no age at which the sexual impulse in women may 

not appear. A lady who has received the confidence of very many women 

tells me that she has never found a woman who was without sexual feeling. 

I should myself be inclined to say that it is extremely difficult to find 

a woman who is without the aptitude for sexual emotion, although a great 

variety of circumstances may hinder, temporarily or permanently, the 

development of this latent aptitude. In other words, while the latent 

sexual aptitude may always be present, the sexual impulse is liable to be 

defective and the aptitude to remain latent, with consequent deficiency of 

sexual emotion, and absence of sexual satisfaction. 

 

This is not only indicated by the considerable proportion of my 

cases in which there is only moderate or slight sexual feeling. I 

have ample evidence that in many cases the element of pain, which 

may almost be said to be normal in the establishment of the 

sexual function, is never merged, as it normally is, in 

pleasurable sensations on the full establishment of sexual 


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