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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

Yellowlees (art. "Masturbation," _Dictionary of Psychological 

Medicine_), again, states that at about the age of 33 some women 

experience great sexual irritability, often resulting in 

masturbation. Audiffrent (_Archives d'Anthropologie Criminelle_, 

Jan. 15, 1902, p. 3) considers that it is toward the age of 30 

that a woman reaches her full moral and physical development, and 

that at this period her emotional and idealizing impulses reach a 

degree of intensity which is sometimes irresistible. It has 

already been mentioned that Matthews Duncan's careful inquiries 

showed that it is between the ages of 30 and 34 that the largest 

proportion of women experience sexual desire and sexual pleasure. 

It may be remarked, also, that while the typical English 

novelists, who have generally sought to avoid touching the deeper 

and more complex aspects of passion, often choose very youthful 

heroines, French novelists, who have frequently had a 

predilection for the problems of passion, often choose heroines 

who are approaching the age of 30. 

 

Hirschfeld (_Von Wesen der Liebe_, p. 26) was consulted by a lady 

who, being without any sexual desires or feelings, married an 

inverted man in order to live with him a life of simple 

comradeship. Within six months, however, she fell violently in 

love with her husband, with the full manifestation of sexual 

feelings and accompanying emotions of jealousy. Under all the 

circumstances, however, she would not enter into sexual 

relationship with her husband, and the torture she endured became 

so acute that she desired to be castrated. In this connection, 

also, I may mention a case, which has been communicated to me 

from Glasgow, of a girl--strong and healthy and menstruating 

regularly since the age of 17--who was seduced at the age of 20 

without any sexual desire on her part, giving birth to a child 

nine months later. Subsequently she became a prostitute for three 

years, and during this period had not the slightest sexual desire 

or any pleasure in sexual connection. Thereafter she met a poor 

lad with whom she has full sexual desire and sexual pleasure, the 

result being that she refuses to go with any other man, and 

consequently is almost without food for several days every week. 

 

The late appearance of the great climax of sexual emotion in 

women is indicated by a tendency to nervous and psychic 

disturbances between the ages of 25 and about 33, which has been 

independently noted by various alienists (though it may be noted 

that 25 to 30 is not an unusual age for first attacks of insanity 

in men also). Thus, Krafft-Ebing states that adult unmarried 

women between the ages of 25 and 30 often show nervous symptoms 

and peculiarities. (Krafft-Ebing, "Ueber Neurosen und Psychosen 

durch Sexuelle Abstinenz," _Jahrbuecher fuer Psychiatrie_, Bd. 

viii, ht. 1-4, 1888.) Pitres and Regis find also (_Comptes-rendus 

XIIe Congres International de Medecine_, Moscow, 1897, vol. iv, 

p. 45) that obsessions, which are commoner in women than in men 

and are commonly connected in their causation with strong moral 

emotion, occur in women chiefly between the ages of 26 and 30, 

though in men much earlier. The average age at which in England 

women inebriates begin drinking in excess is 26. (_British 

Medical Journal_, Sept. 2, 1911, p. 518.) 

 

A case recorded by Serieux is instructive as regards the 

development of the sexual impulse, although it comes within the 

sphere of mental disorder. A woman of 32 with bad heredity had in 

childhood had weak health and become shy, silent, and fond of 

solitude, teased by her companions and finding consolation in 

hard work. Though very emotional, she never, even in the vaguest 


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