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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

stage of apparent repulsion and passivity, often associated with great 

sensitiveness, physical and moral, passes into one of active participation 

and aid in the consummation of the sexual act. But if, from whatever 

cause, there is partial arrest on the woman's side of this evolution in 

the process of courtship, if her submission is merely a mental and 

deliberate act of will, and not an instinctive and impulsive 

participation, there is a necessary failure of sexual relief and 

gratification. When we find that a woman displays a certain degree of 

indifference in sexual relationships, and a failure of complete 

gratification, we have to recognize that the fault may possibly lie, not 

in her, but in the defective skill of a lover who has not known how to 

play successfully the complex and subtle game of courtship. Sexual 

coldness due to the shock and suffering of the wedding-night is a 

phenomenon that is far too frequent.[172] Hence it is that many women may 

never experience sexual gratification and relief, through no defect on 

their part, but through the failure of the husband to understand the 

lover's part. We make a false analogy when we compare the courtship of 

animals exclusively with our own courtships before marriage. Courtship, 

properly understood, is the process whereby both the male and the female 

are brought into that state of sexual tumescence which is a more or less 

necessary condition for sexual intercourse. The play of courtship cannot, 

therefore, be considered to be definitely brought to an end by the 

ceremony of marriage; it may more properly be regarded as the natural 

preliminary to every act of coitus. 

 

Tumescence is not merely a more or less essential condition for 

proper sexual intercourse. It is probably of more fundamental 

significance as one of the favoring conditions of impregnation. 

This has, indeed, been long recognized. Van Swieten, when 

consulted by the childless Maria Theresa, gave the opinion "Ego 

vero censeo, vulvam Sacratissimae Majestatis ante coitum diutius 

esse titillandam," and thereafter she had many children. "I think 

it very nearly certain," Matthews Duncan wrote (_Goulstonian 

Lectures on Sterility in Woman_, 1884, p. 96), "that desire and 

pleasure in due or moderate degree are very important aids to, or 

predisposing causes of, fecundity," as bringing into action the 

complicated processes of fecundation. Hirst (_Text-book of 

Obstetrics_, 1899, p. 67) mentions the case of a childless 

married woman who for six years had had no orgasm during 

intercourse; then it occurred at the same time as coitus, and 

pregnancy resulted. 

 

Kisch is very decidedly of the same opinion, and considers that 

the popular belief on this point is fully justified. It is a 

fact, he states, that an unfaithful wife is more likely to 

conceive with her lover than with her husband, and he concludes 

that, whatever the precise mechanism may be, "sexual excitement 

on the woman's part is a necessary link in the chain of 

conditions producing impregnation." (E.H. Kisch, _Die Sterilitaet 

des Weibes_, 1886, p. 99.) Kisch believes (p. 103) that in the 

majority of women sexual pleasure only appears gradually, after 

the first cohabitation, and then develops progressively, and that 

the first conception usually coincides with its complete 

awakening. In 556 cases of his own the most frequent epoch of 

first impregnation was found to be between ten and fifteen months 

after marriage. 

 

 

The removal of sexual frigidity thus becomes a matter of some 

importance. This removal may in some cases be effected by 

treatment through the husband, but that course is not always 

practicable. Dr. Douglas Bryan, of Leicester, informs me that in 

several cases he has succeeded in removing sexual coldness and 

physical aversion in the wife by hypnotic suggestion. The 


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