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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

the mons, and in the lower apes absent altogether; they are, moreover, 

larger in the white than in the other human races. Thus in the negro, and 

to a less degree in the Japanese (Wernich) and the Javanese (Scherzer) 

they are less developed than in women of white race. The greater lips 

develop in the foetus later than the lesser lips, which are thus at first 

uncovered; this condition thus constitutes an infantile state which 

occasionally (in less than 2 per cent. of cases, according to Bergh) 

persists in the adult. Their generally accepted name, labia majora, is 

comparatively modern.[82] 

 

The outer sides of the labia majora are covered with hair, and on 

the inner sides, which are smooth and moist, but are not true 

mucous membrane, there are a few sweat glands and numerous large 

sebaceous glands. Bergh considers that there is little or no hair 

on the inner sides of the labia majora, but Lamb states that 

careful examination shows that from one- to two-thirds of the 

inner surface in adult women show hairs like those of the 

external surface. In brunettes and women of dark races this 

surface is pigmented; in dark races it is usually a slate gray. 

From an examination of 2200 young Danish prostitutes Bergh has 

found that there are two main varieties in the shape of the labia 

majora, with transitional forms. In the first and most frequent 

form the labia tend to be less marked and more effaced and 

separated at the upper and anterior part, often being lost in the 

sides of the mons and presenting a fissure which is broader in 

its upper part and showing the inner lips more or less bare. In 

the second form the labia are thicker and more outstanding and 

the inner edges lie in contact throughout their whole length, 

showing the _rima pudendi_ as a long narrow fissure. Whatever the 

form, the labia close more tightly together in virgins and in 

young individuals generally than in the deflowered and the 

elderly. In children, as Martineau pointed out, the vulva appears 

to look directly forward and the clitoris and urinary meatus 

easily appear, while in adult women, and especially after 

attempts at coitus have been made, the vulva appears directed 

more below and behind, and the clitoris and meatus more covered 

by the labia majora; so that the child urinates forward, while 

the adult woman is usually able to urinate almost directly 

downwards in the erect position, though in some cases (as may 

occasionally be observed in the street) she can only do so when 

bending slightly forwards. This difference in the direction of 

the stream formerly furnished one of the methods of diagnosing 

virginity, an uncertain one, since the difference is largely due 

to age and individual variation. The main factor in the position 

and aspect of the vulva is pelvic inclination. (See Havelock 

Ellis, _Man and Woman_, fourth edition, p. 64; Stratz, _Die 

Schoenheit des Weiblichen Koerpers_, Chapter XII.) In the European 

woman, according to Stratz, a considerable degree of pelvic 

inclination is essential to beauty, concealing all but the 

anterior third of the vulva. In negresses and other women of 


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