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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

to trace. 

 

It is not often that the sexual attempts of girls and young women 

on boys--notwithstanding their undoubted frequency--become of 

medico-legal interest. In France in the course of ten years (1874 

to 1884) only 181 women, who were mostly between 20 and 30 years 

of age, were actually convicted of sexual attempts on children 

below 15. (Paul Bernard, "Viols et attentats a la Pudeur," 

_Archives de l'Anthropologie Criminelle_, 1887.) Lop ("Attentats 

a la Pudeur commis par des Femmes sur des Petits Enfants," id., 

Aug., 1896) brings together a number of cases chiefly committed 

by girls between the ages of 18 and 20. In England such 

accusations against a young woman or girl may easily be 

circumvented. If she is under 16 she is protected by the Criminal 

Law Amendment Act and cannot be punished. In any case, when found 

out, she can always easily bring the sympathy to her side by 

declaring that she is not the aggressor, but the victim. Cases of 

violent sexual assault upon girls, Lawson Tait remarks, while 

they undoubtedly do occur, are very much rarer than the frequency 

with which the charge is made would lead us to suspect. At one 

time, by arrangement with the authority, 70 such charges at 

Birmingham were consecutively brought before Lawson Tait. These 

charges were all made under the Criminal Law Amendment Act. In 

only 6 of these cases was he able to advise prosecution, in all 

of which cases conviction was obtained. In 7 other cases in which 

the police decided to prosecute there was either no conviction or 

a very light sentence. In at least 26 cases the charge was 

clearly trumped up. The average age of these girls was 12. "There 

is not a piece of sexual argot that ever had before reached my 

ears," remarks Mr. Tait, "but was used by these children in the 

descriptions given by them of what had been done to them; and 

they introduced, in addition, quite a new vocabulary on the 

subject. The minute and detailed descriptions of the sexual act 

given by chits of 10 and 11 would do credit to the pages of 

Mirabeau. At first sight it is a puzzle to see how children so 

young obtained their information." "About the use of the word 

'seduced,'" the same writer remarks, "I wish to say that the 

class of women from amongst whom the great bulk of these cases 

are drawn seem to use it in a sense altogether different from 

that generally employed. It is not with them a process in which 

male villainy succeeds by various arts in overcoming female 

virtue and reluctance, but simply a date at which an incident in 

their lives occurs for the first time; and, according to their 

use of the phrase, the ancient legend of the Sacred Scriptures, 

had it ended in the more ordinary and usual way by the virtue of 

Joseph yielding to the temptation offered, would have to read as 

a record of the seduction of Mrs. Potiphar." 

 

With reference to Lawson Tait's observation that violent assaults 

on women, while they do occur, are very much rarer than the 

frequency with which such charges are made would lead us to 

believe, it may be remarked that many medico-legal authorities 

are of the same opinion. (See, e.g., G. Vivian Poore's _Treatise 

on Medical Jurisprudence_, 1901, p. 325. This writer also 

remarks: "I hold very strongly that a woman may rape a man as 

much as a man may rape a woman.") There can be little doubt that 

the plea of force is very frequently seized on by women as the 

easiest available weapon of defense when her connection with a 

man has been revealed. She has been so permeated by the current 

notion that no "respectable" woman can possibly have any sexual 

impulses of her own to gratify that, in order to screen what she 

feels to be regarded as an utterly shameful and wicked, as well 


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