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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

necessity for any such open manifestations. We have to bear this in mind 

when confronted by flagrant sexual phenomena in young girls. 

 

"A young girl," says Hammer ("Ueber die Sinnlichkeit gesunder 

Jungfrauen," _Die Neue Generation_, Aug., 1911), "who has not 

previously adopted any method of self-gratification experiences 

at the beginning of puberty, about the time of the first 

menstruation and the sprouting of the pubic hair, in the absence 

of all stimulation by a man, spontaneous sexual tendencies of 

both local and psychic nature. On the psychic side there is a 

feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction, a need of subjection 

and of serving, and, if the opportunity has so far been absent, 

the craving to see masculine nudity and to learn the facts of 

procreation. Side by side with these wishes, there are at the 

same time inhibitory desires, such as the wish to keep herself 

pure, either for a man whom she represents to herself as the 

'ideal,' or for her parents, who must not be worried, or as a 

member of a chosen people in whose spirit she must live and die, 

or out of love to Jesus or to some saint. On the physical side, 

there is the feeling of fresh power and energy, of enterprise; 

the agreeable tension of the genital regions, which easily become 

moist. Then there is the feeling of overirritability and excess 

of tension, and the need of relieving the tension through 

pinches, blows, tight lacing, and so forth. If the girl remains 

innocent of sex satisfaction, there takes place during sleep, at 

regular intervals of about three days, more or less the relief 

and emission of the tense glands, not corresponding to the 

menstrual period, but to intercourse, and serving better than 

sexual instruction to represent to her the phenomena of 

intercourse. If at this period actual intercourse takes place, it 

is, as a rule, free from pain, as also is the introduction of the 

speculum. Without any seduction from without, the chaste girl now 

frequently finds a way to relieve the excessive tension without 

the aid of a man. It is self-abuse that leads gradually to the 

production of pain in defloration. The menstrual phenomena 

correspond to birth; self-gratification or relief during sleep to 

intercourse." This statement of the matter is somewhat too 

absolute and unqualified. Under the artificial conditions of 

civilization the inhibitory influences of training speedily work 

powerfully, and more or less successfully, in banishing sexual 

phenomena into the subconscious, sometimes to work all the 

mischief there which Freud attributes to them. It must also be 

said (as I have pointed out in the discussion of Auto-erotism in 

another volume) that sexual dreams seem to be the exception 

rather than the rule in innocent girls. It remains true that 

sexual phenomena in girls at puberty must not be regarded as 

morbid or unnatural. There is also very good reason for believing 

(even apart from the testimony of so experienced a gynecologist 

as Hammer) that on the physical side sexual processes tend to be 

accomplished with a facility that is often lost in later years 

with prolonged chastity. This is true alike of intercourse and of 

childbirth. (See vol. vi of these _Studies_, ch. xii.) 

 

Even, however, in the case of adults the active part played by women in 

real life in matters of love by no means corresponds to the conventional 

ideas on these subjects. No doubt nearly every woman receives her sexual 

initiation from an older and more experienced man. But, on the other hand, 

nearly every man receives his first initiation through the active and 

designed steps taken by an older and more experienced woman. It is too 

often forgotten by those who write on these subjects that the man who 


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