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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

 

 

 

Naecke states that, in his experience, while masturbation is, 

apparently, commoner in insane men than in insane women, 

masturbation repeated several times a day is much commoner in the 

women. (P. Naecke, "Die Sexuellen Perversitaeten in der 

Irrenanstalt," _Psychiatrische Bladen_, 1899, No. 2.) 

 

Great excesses in masturbation seem also to be commoner among 

women who may be said to be sane than among men. Thus, Bloch 

(_New Orleans Medical Journal_, 1896) records the case of a young 

married woman of 25, of bad heredity, who had suffered from 

almost life-long sexual hyperesthesia, and would masturbate 

fourteen times daily during the menstrual periods. 

 

With regard to excesses in coitus the case may be mentioned of a 

country girl of 17, living in a rural district in North Carolina 

where prostitution was unknown, who would cohabit with men almost 

openly. On one Sunday she went to a secluded school-house and let 

three or four men wear themselves out cohabiting with her. On 

another occasion, at night, in a field, she allowed anyone who 

would to perform the sexual act, and 25 men and boys then had 

intercourse with her. When seen she was much prostrated and with 

a tendency to spasm, but quite rational. Subsequently she married 

and attacks of this nature became rare. 

 

Mr. Lawson made an "attested statement" of what he had observed 

among the Marquesan women. "He mentions one case in which he 

heard a parcel of boys next morning count over and _name_ 103 men 

who during the night had intercourse with _one_ woman." 

(_Medico-Chirurgical Review_, 1871, vol. ii, p. 360, apparently 

quoting Chevers.) This statement seems open to question, but, if 

reliable, would furnish a case which must be unique. 

 

There is a further important difference, though intimately related to some 

of the differences already mentioned, between the sexual impulse in women 

and in men. In women it is at once larger and more diffused. As Sinibaldus 

long ago said, the sexual pleasure of men is intensive, of women 

extensive. In men the sexual impulse is, as it were, focused to a single 

point. This is necessarily so, for the whole of the essentially necessary 

part of the male in the process of human procreation is confined to the 

ejaculation of semen into the vagina. But in women, mainly owing to the 

fact that women are the child-bearers, in place of one primary sexual 

center and one primary erogenous region, there are at least three such 

sexual centers and erogenous regions: the clitoris (corresponding to the 

penis), the vaginal passage up to the womb, and the nipple. In both sexes 

there are other secondary and reflex centers, but there is good reason for 

believing that these are more numerous and more widespread in women than 

in men.[178] How numerous the secondary sexual centers in women may be is 

indicated by the case of a woman mentioned by Moraglia, who boasted that 

she knew fourteen different ways of masturbating herself. 

 

This great diffusion of the sexual impulse and emotions in women is as 

visible on the psychic as on the physical side. A woman can find sexual 

satisfaction in a great number of ways that do not include the sexual act 

proper, and in a great number of ways that apparently are not physical at 

all, simply because their physical basis is diffused or is to be found in 

one of the outlying sexual zones. 

 

It is, moreover, owing to the diffused character of the sexual emotions in 

women that it so often happens that emotion really having a sexual origin 

is not recognized as such even by the woman herself. It is possible that 

the great prevalence in women of the religious emotional state of "storm 

and stress," noted by Professor Starbuck,[179] is largely due to 

unemployed sexual impulse. In this and similar ways it happens that the 

magnitude of the sexual sphere in woman is unrealized by the careless 


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