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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 key to the genital apparatus in women from the psychic point of view, 

and, indeed, to some extent, its anatomical center, is to be found in the 

clitoris. Anatomically and developmentally the clitoris is the rudimentary 

analogue of the masculine penis. Functionally, however, its scope is very 

much smaller. While the penis both receives and imparts specific 

voluptuous sensations, and is at the same time both the intromittent organ 

for the semen and the conduit for the urine, the sole function of the 

clitoris is to enter into erection under the stress of sexual emotion and 

receive and transmit the stimulatory voluptuous sensations imparted to it 

by friction with the masculine genital apparatus. It is so insignificant 

an organ that it is only within recent times that its homology with the 

penis has been realized. In 1844 Kobelt wrote in his important book, _Die 

Mannlichen und Weiblichen Wollust-Organe_, that in his attempt to show 

that the female organs are exactly analogous to the male the reader will 

probably be unable to follow him, while even Johannes Mueller, the father 

of scientific physiology, declared at about the same period that the 

clitoris is essentially different from the penis. It is indeed but three 

centuries since the clitoris was so little known that (in 1593) Realdus 

Columbus actually claimed the honor of discovering it. Columbus was not 

its discoverer, for Fallopius speedily showed that Avicenna and Albucasis 

had referred to it.[85] The Arabs appear to have been very familiar with 

it, and, from the various names they gave it, clearly understood the 

important part it plays in generating voluptuous emotion.[86] But it was 

known in classic antiquity; the Greeks called it myrton, the myrtle-berry; 

Galen and Soranus called it nymphe because it is covered as a bride is 

veiled, while the old Latin name was _tentigo_, from its power of entering 

into erection, and _columella_, the little pillar, from its shape. The 

modern term, which is Greek and refers to the sensitiveness of the part to 

voluptuous titillation, is said to have originated with Suidas and 

Pollux.[87] It was mentioned, though not adopted, by Rufus. 

 

"The clitoris," declared Haller, "is a part extremely sensible and 

wonderfully prurient." It is certainly the chief though by no means the 

only point through which the immediate call to detumescence is conveyed to 

the female organism. It is, indeed, as Bryan Robinson remarks, "a 

veritable electrical bell button which, being pressed or irritated, rings 

up the whole nervous system." 

 

The nervous supply of this little organ is very large, and the 

dorsal nerve of the clitoris is relatively three or four times 

larger than that of the penis. Yet the sensitive point of this 

organ is only 5 to 7 millimeters in extent. The length of the 

clitoris is usually rather over 2 centimeters (or about an inch) 

and 3 centimeters when erect; a length of 4 centimeters or more 

was regarded by Martineau as within the normal range of 

variation. It is not usual to find the clitoris longer than this 

in Europe (for among some races like the negro the clitoris is 

generally large), but all degrees of magnitude may be found as 

rare exceptions. (See, e.g., Sir J.Y. Simpson, "Hermaphrodites," 


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