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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

II. 

 

 

The facts thus seem to indicate that among primitive peoples, while the 

magical, ceremonial, and traditional restraints on sexual intercourse are 

very numerous, very widespread, and nearly always very stringent, there 

is, underlying this prevalence of restraints on intercourse, a fundamental 

weakness of the sexual instinct, which craves less, and craves less 

frequently, than is the case among civilized peoples, but is liable to be 

powerfully manifested at special seasons. It is perfectly true that among 

savages, as Sutherland states, "there is no ideal which makes chastity a 

thing beautiful in itself"; but when the same writer goes on to state that 

"it is untrue that in sexual license the savage has everything to learn," 

we must demand greater precision of statement.[196] Travelers, and too 

often would-be scientific writers, have been so much impressed by the 

absence among savages of the civilized ideal of chastity, and by the 

frequent freedom of sexual intercourse, that they have not paused to 

inquire more carefully into the phenomena, or to put themselves at the 

primitive point of view, but have assumed that freedom here means all that 

it would mean in a European population. 

 

In order to illustrate the actual circumstances of savage life in this 

respect from the scanty evidence furnished by the most careful observers, 

I have brought together from scattered sources a few statements concerning 

primitive peoples in very various parts of the world.[197] 

 

Among the Andamanese, Portman, who knows them well, says that sexual 

desire is very moderate; in males it appears at the age of 18, but, as 

"their love for sport is greater than their passions, these are not 

gratified to any great extent till after marriage, which rarely takes 

place till a man is about 26."[198] 

 

Although chastity is not esteemed by the Fuegians, and virginity is lost 

at a very early age, yet both men and women are extremely moderate in 

sexual indulgence.[199] 

 

Among the Eskimo at the other end of the American continent, according to 

Dr. F. Cook, the sexual passions are suppressed during the long darkness 

of winter, as also is the menstrual function usually, and the majority of 

the children are born nine months after the appearance of the sun.[200] 

 

Among the Indians of North America it is the custom of many tribes to 

refrain from sexual intercourse during the whole period of lactation, as 

also D'Orbigny found to be the case among South American Indians, although 

suckling went on for over three years.[201] Many of the Indian tribes have 

now been rendered licentious by contact with civilization. In the 

primitive condition their customs were entirely different. Dr. Holder, who 

knows many tribes of North American Indians well, has dealt in some detail 

with this point. "Several of the virtues," he states, "and among them 

chastity, were more faithfully practised by the Indian race before the 

invasion from the East than these same virtues are practised by the white 

race of the present day.... The race is less salacious than either the 

negro or white race.... That the women of some tribes are now more careful 

of their virtue than the women of any other community whose history I 

know, I am fully convinced."[202] It is not only on the women that sexual 

abstinence is imposed. Among some branches of the Salish Indians of 

British Columbia a young widower must refrain from sexual intercourse for 

a year, and sometimes lives entirely apart during that period.[203] 

 

In many parts of Polynesia, although the sexual impulse seems often to 

have been highly developed before the arrival of Europeans, it is very 

doubtful whether license, in the European sense, at all generally 

prevailed. The Marquesans, who have sometimes been regarded as peculiarly 

licentious, are especially mentioned by Foley as illustrating his 

statement that sexual erethism is with difficulty attained by primitive 

peoples except during sexual seasons.[204] Herman Melville's detailed 


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