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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

that was fairly thorough. I knew a little about the physiology of 

reproduction and rather less of intercourse. Fortunately, I 

learned in the course of my reading that the first sexual 

approaches were likely to be quite painful to a woman, and that 

great care should be exercised at this time. I tried to put into 

practice what little I had learned in theory and I imagine that 

we got through the introductory attempts with less than the 

average difficulties. Our first efforts were not satisfactory to 

either of us. My wife was absolutely unprepared so far as any 

definite knowledge of the act was concerned. I sincerely hope 

that the prudish notions of the past generations will give way to 

more sensible views in the future, and that the girl becoming a 

wife will be just as chaste, but wiser in matters of such 

importance to her happiness. I presume that my timidity was a 

valuable asset at this time; for I was afraid to force matters in 

any way, and time and repeated attempts finally overcame our 

difficulties. And when our sexual relations were once 

established, the whole tenor of my life was changed. All the 

former sexual unrest disappeared. My former feeling toward sexual 

relations was altered. They no longer seemed that which, though 

very desirable, was yet necessarily indecent. Fortunately, after 

the first few weeks, they have been quite pleasurable to my wife. 

I am sure that our sexual life since marriage has been a large 

factor in deepening the love that has made our married life an 

ideal one. As I look back at the first year of marriage, I wonder 

that we got through it so well. My knowledge of sexual hygiene 

was a strange mixture of fact and nonsense. If the frequency of 

acts of intercourse advocated by some of the authorities I have 

lately read is correct, then we must have passed the bounds of 

moderation. But it is certain that our general health has been 

very good: better in both cases than before marriage. 

 

"In reviewing these phases of the development of my sexual life, 

one or two conclusions seem to me to be strongly emphasized. It 

was unfortunate that the real sexual desire was aroused as early 

and in the manner that it was. Whether this would have been 

prevented by more definite education in the hygiene and the 

purpose of the function, I can only conjecture. I believe that 

mine was and is the common experience of boys. I am decidedly of 

the opinion that there should be instruction given of the anatomy 

of the genital organs and of the hygiene of intercourse, and this 

shortly after the youth has reached puberty. How this is to be 

done is a grave question. It will require tact and knowledge not 

possessed by the average teacher and parent. However it is done, 

it should be honest, frank, and free from piosity. 

 

"I am certain that, in my own case, rather frequent intercourse 

is decidedly beneficial. Any prolonged abstinence always brings 

about the same nervous disturbances that I have referred to 

above. It is fortunate for me that this repetition of the act is 

satisfactory to both concerned." 

 

 


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