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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

variation. This is indicated not only by the unsystematic results 

attained by experienced observers, but also by more systematic 

studies. Thus Herman has shown by detailed measurements that 

there are great normal variations in the conformation of the 

parts that form the floor of the female pelvis. He found that the 

projection of the pelvic floor varied from nothing to as much as 

two inches, and that in healthy women who had borne no children 

the distance between the coccyx and anus, the length of the 

perineum, the distance between the fourchette and the symphysis 

pubis, and the length of the vagina are subject to wide 

variations. (_Lancet_, October 12, 1889.) Even the female 

urethral opening varies very greatly, as has been shown by Bergh, 

who investigated it in nearly 700 women and reproduces the 

various shapes found; while most usually (in about a third of the 

cases observed), a longitudinal slit, it may be cross-shaped, 

star-shaped, crescentic, etc.; and while sometimes very small, in 

about 6 per cent. of the cases it admitted the tip of the little 

finger. (Bergh, _Monatsheft fuer Praktische Dermatologie_, 15 

Sept., 1897.) 

 

As regards both sexes, Stanley Hall states that "Dr. F.N. 

Seerley, who has examined over 2000 normal young men as well as 

many young women, tells me that in his opinion individual 

variations in these parts are much greater even than those of 

face and form, and that the range of adult and apparently normal 

size and proportion, as well as function, and of both the age and 

order of development, not only of each of the several parts 

themselves, but of all their immediate annexes, and in females as 

well as males, is far greater than has been recognized by any 

writer. This fact is the basis of the anxieties and fears of 

morphological abnormality so frequent during adolescence." (G.S. 

Hall, _Adolescence_, vol. i, p. 414). 

 

In accordance with the supreme importance of the part they play, and the 

intimately psychic nature of that part, the sexual organs, both internal 

and external, are very richly supplied with nerves. While the internal 

organs are very abundantly furnished with sympathetic nerves and ganglia, 

the external organs show the highest possible degree of specialization of 

the various peripheral nervous devices which the organism has developed 

for receiving, accumulating, and transmitting stimuli to the brain.[77] 

 

"The number of conducting cords which attach the genitals to the 

nervous centers is simply enormous," writes Bryan Robinson; "the 

pudic nerve is composed of nearly all the third sacral and 

branches from the second and fourth sacral. As one examines this 

nerve he is forced to the conclusion that it is an enormous 

supply for a small organ. The periphery of the pudic nerve 

spreads itself like a fan over the genitals." The lesser sciatic 

nerve supplies only one muscle--the gluteus maximus--and then 

sends the large pudendal branch to the side of the penis, and 

hence the friction of coitus induces active contraction of the 

gluteus maximus, "the main muscle of coition." The large pudic 


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