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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

laterally from that line, or to grow equally over the whole extent of the 

pubic region; these two groups included half the cases investigated. 

 

In men the pubic hair normally ascends anteriorly in a faint line 

up to the navel, with tendency to form a triangle with the apex 

above, and posteriorly extends backwards to the anus. In women 

these anterior and posterior extensions are comparatively rare, 

or at all events are only represented by a few stray hairs. Rothe 

found this variation in 4 per cent. of North German women, though 

a triangle of hair was only found in 2 per cent.; Lombroso found 

it in 5 per cent, of Italian women; Bergh found it in only 1.6 

per cent. among 1000 Danish prostitutes, all sixteen of whom with 

three exceptions were brunettes. In Vienna, among 600 women, Coe 

found only 1 per cent, with this distribution of hair, and states 

that they were women of decidedly masculine type, though Ploss 

and Bartels, as well as Rothe, find, however, that heterogeny, as 

they term the masculine distribution, is more common in blondes. 

The anterior extension of hair is usually accompanied by the 

posterior extension around the anus, usually very slight, but 

occasionally as pronounce as in men. (According to Rothe, 

however, anterior heterogeny comparatively rare.) These masculine 

variations in the extension of the pubic hair appear to be not 

uncommonly associated with other physical and psychic anomalies; 

it is on this account that they have sometimes been regarded as 

indications of a vicious or a criminal temperament; they are, 

however, found in quite normal women. 

 

 

 

The pubic hair of women is usually shorter than that of men, but 

thick, and the individual hairs stronger and larger in diameter 

than those of men, as Pfaff first showed; dark hair is usually 

stronger than light. In both length and size the individual 

variations are considerable. The usual length is about 2 inches, 

or 3-5 centimeters, occasionally reaching about 4 inches, or 9-10 

centimeters, in the larger curls. In a series of 100 women 

attended during confinement in London and the north of England I 

have only once (in a rather blonde Lancashire woman) found the 

hair on labia reaching a conspicuous length of several inches and 

forming an obstruction to the manipulations involved in delivery. 

But Jahn delivered a woman whose pubic hair was longer than that 

of her head, reaching below her knee; Paulini also knew a woman 

whose pubic hair nearly reached her knees and was sold to make 

wigs; Bartholin mentions a soldier's wife who plaited her pubic 

hair behind her back; while Brantome has several references to 

abnormally long hair in ladies of the French court during the 

sixteenth century. In 8 cases out of 2200 Bergh found the pubic 

hair forming a large curly wig extending to the iliac spines. The 

individual hairs have occasionally been found so stiff and 

brush-like as to render coitus difficult. 

 

In color the pubic hair, while generally approximating to that of 

the head, is sometimes (according to Rothe, in Germany, in 


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