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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

lower race the vulva, however, usually lies further back, being 

more conspicuous from behind than in European women; in this 

respect lower races resemble the apes. Those women of dark race, 

therefore, whose modesty is focused behind rather than in front 

thus have sound anatomical considerations on their side. 

 

As Ploss and Bartels remark, a very common variation among 

European women consists in an unusually posterior position of the 

vulva and vaginal entrance, so that unless a cushion is placed 

under the buttocks it is difficult for the man to effect coitus 

in the usual position without giving much pain to the woman. They 

add that another anomaly, less easy to remedy, consists in an 

abnormally anterior position of the vaginal entrance close 

beneath the pelvic bone, so that, although intromission is easy, 

the spasmodic contraction of the vagina at the culmination of 

orgasm presses the penis against the bone and causes intolerable 

pain to the man. 

 

The mons veneris and the labia majora are, after the age of puberty, 

always normally covered by a more or less profuse growth of hair. It is 

notable that the apes, notwithstanding their general tendency to 

hairiness, show no such special development of hair in this region. We 

thus see that all the external and more conspicuous portions of the sexual 

sphere in woman--the mons veneris, the labia majora, and the 

hair--represent not so much an animal inheritance, such as we commonly 

misrepresent them to be, but a higher and genuinely human development. As 

none of these structures subserve any clear practical use, it would appear 

that they must have developed by sexual selection to satisfy the aesthetic 

demands of the eye.[83] 

 

The character and arrangement of the pubic hair, investigated by 

Eschricht and Voigt more than half a century ago, have been more 

recently studied by Bergh. As these observers have pointed out, 

there are various converging hair streams from above and below, 

the clitoris seeming to be the center towards which they are 

directed. The hair-covering thus formed is usually ample and, as 

a rule, is more so in brunettes than in blondes. It is nearly 

always bent, curly and more or less spirally twisted.[84] There 

are frequently one or two curls at the commencement of the 

fissure, rolled outwards, and occasionally a well marked tuft in 

the middle line. In abundance the pubic hair corresponds with the 

axillary hair; when one region is defective in hair the other is 

usually so also. Strong eyebrows also usually indicate a strong 

development of pubic hair. But the hair of the head usually 

varies independently, and Bergh found that of 154 women with 

spare pubic hair 72 had good and often profuse hair on the head. 

Complete or almost complete absence of pubic hair is in Bergh's 

experience only found in about 3 per cent. of women; these were 

all young and blonde. 

 

Rothe, in his investigation of the pubic hair of 1000 Berlin women, found 

that no two women were really alike in this respect, but there was a 

tendency to two main types of arrangement, with minor subdivisions, 

according as the hair tended to grow chiefly in the middle line extending 


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