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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

II. 

 

Special Characters of the Sexual Impulse in Women--The More Passive Part 

Played by Women in Courtship--This Passivity only Apparent--The Physical 

Mechanism of the Sexual Process in Women More Complex--The Slower 

Development of Orgasm in Women--The Sexual Impulse in Women More 

Frequently Needs to be Actively Aroused--The Climax of Sexual Energy Falls 

Later in Women's Lives than in Men's--Sexual Ardor in Women Increased 

After the Establishment of Sexual Relationships--Women bear Sexual 

Excesses better than Men--The Sexual Sphere Larger and More Diffused in 

Women--The Sexual Impulse in Women Shows a Greater Tendency to Periodicity 

and a Wider Range of Variation. 

 

 

So far I have been discussing the question of the sexual impulse in women 

on the ground upon which previous writers have usually placed it. The 

question, that is, has usually presented itself to them as one concerning 

the relative strength of the impulse in men and women. When so considered, 

not hastily and with prepossession, as is too often the case, but with a 

genuine desire to get at the real facts in all their aspects, there is no 

reason, as we have seen, to conclude that, on the whole, the sexual 

impulse in women is lacking in strength. 

 

But we have to push our investigation of the matter further. In reality, 

the question as to whether the sexual impulse is or is not stronger in one 

sex than in the other is a somewhat crude one. To put the question in that 

form is to reveal ignorance of the real facts of the matter. And in that 

form, moreover, no really definite and satisfactory answer can be given. 

 

It is necessary to put the matter on different ground. Instead of taking 

more or less insolvable questions as to the strength of the sexual impulse 

in the two sexes, it is more profitable to consider its differences. What 

are the special characters of the sexual impulse in women? 

 

There is certainly one purely natural sexual difference of a fundamental 

character, which lies at the basis of whatever truth may be in the 

assertion that women are not susceptible of sexual emotion. As may he 

seen when considering the phenomena of modesty, the part played by the 

female in courtship throughout nature is usually different from that 

played by the male, and is, in some respects, a more difficult and complex 

part. Except when the male fails to play his part properly, she is usually 

comparatively passive; in the proper playing of her part she has to appear 

to shun the male, to flee from his approaches--even actually to repel 

them.[169] 

 

Courtship resembles very closely, indeed, a drama or game; and the 

aggressiveness of the male, the coyness of the female, are alike 

unconsciously assumed in order to bring about in the most effectual manner 

the ultimate union of the sexes. The seeming reluctance of the female is 

not intended to inhibit sexual activity either in the male or in herself, 

but to increase it in both. The passivity of the female, therefore, is not 

a real, but only an apparent, passivity, and this holds true of our own 

species as much as of the lower animals. "Women are like delicately 

adjusted alembics," said a seventeenth-century author. "No fire can be 

seen outside, but if you look underneath the alembic, if you place your 

hand on the hearts of women, in both places you will find a great 

furnace."[170] Or, as Marro has finely put it, the passivity of women in 

love is the passivity of the magnet, which in its apparent immobility is 

drawing the iron toward it. An intense energy lies behind such passivity, 

an absorbed preoccupation in the end to be attained. 

 

Tarde, when exercising magistrate's functions, once had to inquire into a 

case in which a young man was accused of murder. In questioning a girl of 

18, a shepherdess, who appeared before him as a witness, she told him that 

on the morning following the crime she had seen the footmarks of the 

accused up to a certain point. He asked how she recognized them, and she 


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