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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

sexual relationships are prohibited on the occasion of any ceremony 

whatever.[188] Crawley, in elaborating the primitive conception of taboo, 

has dealt fully with ritual and traditional influences making for chastity 

among savages. He brings forward, for instance, a number of cases, from 

various parts of the world, in which intercourse has to be delayed for 

days, weeks, even months, after marriage. He considers that the sexual 

continence prevalent among savages is largely due to a belief in the 

enervating effects of coitus; so dangerous are the sexes to each other 

that, as he points out, even now sexual separation of the sexes commonly 

occurs.[189] 

 

There are thus a great number of constantly recurring occasions in savage 

life when continence must be preserved, and when, it is firmly believed, 

terrible risks would be incurred by its violation--during war, after 

victory, after festivals, during mourning, on journeys, in hunting and 

fishing, in a vast number of agricultural and industrial occupations. 

 

It might fairly be argued that the facility with which the savage places 

these checks on sexual intercourse itself bears witness to the weakness of 

the sexual impulse. Evidence of another order which seems to point to the 

undeveloped state of the sexual impulse among savages may be found in the 

comparatively undeveloped condition of their sexual organs, a condition 

not, indeed, by any means constant, but very frequently noted. As regards 

women, it has in many parts of the world been observed to be the rule, and 

the data which Ploss and Bartels have accumulated seem to me, on the 

whole, to point clearly in this direction.[190] 

 

At another point, also, it may be remarked, the repulsion between the 

sexes and the restraints on intercourse may be associated with weak sexual 

impulse. It is not improbable that a certain horror of the sexual organs 

may be a natural feeling which is extinguished in the intoxication of 

desire, yet still has a physiological basis which renders the sexual 

organs--disguised and minimized by convention and by artistic 

representation--more or less disgusting in the absence of erotic 

emotion.[191] And this is probably more marked in cases in which the 

sexual instinct is constitutionally feeble. A lady who had no marked 

sexual desires, and who considered it well bred to be indifferent to such 

matters, on inspecting her sexual parts in a mirror for the first time in 

her life was shocked and disgusted at the sight. Certainly many women 

could record a similar experience on being first approached by a man, 

although artistic conventions present the male form with greater truth 

than the female. Moreover,--and here is the significant point,--this 

feeling is by no means restricted to the refined and cultured. "When 

working at Michelangelo," wrote a correspondent from Italy, "my upper 

gondolier used to see photographs and statuettes of all that man's works. 

Stopping one day before the Night and Dawn of S. Lorenzo, sprawling naked 

women, he exclaimed: 'How hideous they are!' I pressed him to explain 

himself. He went on: 'The ugliest man naked is handsomer than the finest 

woman naked. Women have crooked legs, and their sexual organs stink. I 

only once saw a naked woman. It was in a brothel, when I was 18. The sight 

of her "natura" made me go out and vomit into the canal. You know I have 

been twice married, but I never saw either of my wives without clothing.' 

Of very rank cheese he said one day: 'Puzza come la natura d'una donna.'" 

This man, my correspondent added, was entirely normal and robust, but 

seemed to regard sexual congress as a mere evacuation, the sexual instinct 

apparently not being strong. 

 

It seems possible that, if the sexual impulse had no existence, all men 

would regard women with this _horror feminae_. As things are, however, at 

all events in civilization, sexual emotions begin to develop even earlier, 

usually, than acquaintance with the organs of the other sex begins; so 


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