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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

to the end of life. Thus, as measured by the test of insanity, the curve 

of woman's life, in the sudden rise and sudden fall of its sexual crisis, 

differs from the curve of man's life and closely resembles the minor curve 

of her menstrual cycle. 

 

The general tendency of this difference in sexual life and impulse is to 

show a greater range of variation in women than in men. Fairly uniform, on 

the whole, in men generally and in the same man throughout mature life, 

sexual impulse varies widely between woman and woman, and even in the same 

woman at different periods. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[169] Ovid remarks (_Ars Amatoria_, bk. i) that, if men were silent, women 

would take the active and suppliant part. 

 

[170] Ferrand, _De la Maladie d'Amour_, 1623, ch. ii. 

 

[171] Tarde, _Archives d'Anthropologie Criminelle_, May 15, 1897. Marro, 

who quotes this observation (_Puberta_, p. 467; in French edition, p. 61), 

remarks that his own evidence lends some support to Lombroso's conclusion 

that under ordinary circumstances woman's sensory acuteness is less than 

that of man. He is, however, inclined to impute this to defective 

attention; within the sexual sphere women's attention becomes 

concentrated, and their sensory perceptions then go far beyond those of 

men. There is probably considerable truth in this subtle observation. 

 

[172] A well-known gynecologist writes from America: "Abhorrence due to 

suffering on first nights I have repeatedly seen. One very marked case is 

that of a fine womanly young woman with splendid figure; she is a very 

good woman, and admires her husband, but, though she tries to develop 

desire and passion, she cannot succeed. I fear the man will some day 

appear who will be able to develop the latent feelings." 

 

[173] It is curious that, while the sexual impulse in women tends to 

develop at a late age more frequently than in men, it would also appear to 

develop more frequently at a very early age than in the other sex. The 

majority of cases of precocious sexual development seems to be in female 

children. W. Roger Williams ("Precocious Sexual Development," _British 

Gynaecological Journal_, May, 1902) finds that 80 such cases have been 

recorded in females and only 20 in males, and, while 13 is the earliest 

age at which boys have proved virile, girls have been known to conceive at 

8. 

 

[174] I find the same remark made by Plazzonus in the seventeenth century. 

 

[175] Art. "Fecondation," _Dictionnaire Encyclopedique des Sciences 

Medicales_. 

 

[176] This also is an ancient remark, for in the early treatise _De 

Secretis Mulierum_, once attributed to Michael Scot, it is stated, 

concerning the woman who finds pleasure in coitus, "cantat libenter." 

 

[177] It is scarcely necessary to add that prostitutes can furnish little 

evidence one way or the other. Not only may prostitutes refuse to 

participate in the sexual orgasm, but the evils of a prostitute's life are 

obviously connected with causes quite other than mere excess of sexual 

gratification. 

 

[178] This is, for instance, indicated by the experiments of Gualino 

concerning the sexual sensitiveness of the lips (_Archivio di 

Psichiatria_, 1904, fasc. 3). He found that mechanical irritation applied 

to the lips produced more or less sexual feeling in 12 out of 20 women, 

but in only 10 out of 25 men, i.e., in three-fifths of the women and 

two-fifths of the men. 

 

[179] "Adolescence is for women primarily a period of storm and stress, 

while for men it is in the highest sense a period of doubt," (Starbuck, 

_Psychology of Religion_, p. 241.) It is interesting to note that in the 

religious sphere, also, the emotions of women are more diffused than those 

of men; Starbuck confirms the conclusion of Professor Coe that, while 

women have at least as much religious emotion as men, in them it is more 

all pervasive, and they experience fewer struggles and acute crises. 

(Ibid., p. 80.) 

 

[180] Marro, _La Puberta_, p. 233. This table covers all those cases, 


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