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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

 

 

 

Moll (_Kontraere Sexualempfindung_, third edition, 1899, p. 325) 

refers to the frequency with which servant-girls (between the 

ages of 18 and 30) carry on sexual practices with young boys 

(between 5 and 13) committed to their care. More than a century 

earlier Tissot, in his famous work on onanism, referred to the 

frequency with which servant-girls corrupt boys by teaching them 

to masturbate; and still earlier, in England, the author of 

_Onania_ gave many such cases. We may, indeed, go back to the 

time of Rabelais, who (as Dr. Kiernan reminds me) represents the 

governesses of Gargantua, when he was a child, as taking pleasure 

in playing with his penis till it became wet, and joking with 

each other about it. (_Gargantua_, book i, chapter ix.) 

 

The prevalence of such manifestations among servant-girls 

witnesses to their prevalence among lower-class girls generally. 

In judging such acts, even when they seem to be very deliberate, 

it is important to remember that at this age unreasoning instinct 

plays a very large part in the manifestations of the sexual 

impulse. This is clearly indicated by the phenomena observed in 

the insane. Thus, as we have seen (page 214), Schroeter has found 

that, among girls of low social class under 20 years of age, 

spontaneous periodical sexual manifestations at menstrual epochs 

occurred in as large a proportion as 72 per cent. Among girls of 

better social position these impulses are inhibited, or at all 

events modified, by good taste or good feeling, the influences of 

tradition or education; it is only to the latter that children 

should be intrusted. 

 

Hoche mentions a case in which a man was accused of repeatedly 

exhibiting his sexual organs to the servant-girl at a house; she 

enjoyed the spectacle (_Neurologisches Centralblatt_, 1896, No. 

2). It may well be that in some cases of self-exhibition the 

offender has good reason, on the ground of previous experience, 

for thinking that he is giving pleasure. "When we used to go to 

bathe while I was at school," writes a correspondent, "girls from 

a poor quarter of the lower town (some quite 16) often followed 

us and stood to watch about a hundred yards from the river. They 

used to 'giggle' and 'pass remarks.' I have seen girls of this 

class peeping through chinks of a palisade around a bathing-place 

on the Thames." A correspondent who has given special attention 

to the point tells me of the great interest displayed by young 

girls of the people in Italy in the sexual organs of men. 

 

Curiosity--whether in the form of the desire for knowledge or the 

desire for sensation--is, of course, not confined to young girls 

and women of lower social strata, though in them it is less often 

restrained by motives of self-respect and good feeling. "At the 

age of 8," writes a correspondent, "I was one day playing in a 

spare room with a girl of about 12 or 13. She gave me a 

penholder, and, crouching upon her hands and knees, with her 

posterior toward me, invited me to introduce the instrument into 

the vulva. This was the first time I had seen the female parts, 

and, as I appeared to be somewhat repelled, she coaxed me to 

comply with her desire. I did as she directed, and she said that 

it gave her pleasure. Several times after I repeated the same act 

at her request. A friend tells me that when he was 10 a girl of 

16 asked him to lace up her boots. While he was kneeling at her 

feet his hand touched her ankle. She asked him to put his hand 

higher, and repeated 'Higher, higher,' till he touched the 

pudenda, and finally, at her request, put his finger into the 

vestibule. This girl was very handsome and amiable, and a 

favorite of the boy's mother. No one suspected this propensity." 

Again, a correspondent (a man of science) tells me of a friend 


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