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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

_Obstetric Memoirs and Contributions_, vol. ii, pp. 217-226; also 

Dickinson, loc. cit.) It was formerly thought that the clitoris 

is easily enlarged by masturbation, and Martineau believed that 

in this way it might be doubled in length. It is probable that 

slight enlargement of the clitoris may be caused by very 

frequent masturbation, but only to an insignificant extent, and 

it is impossible to diagnose masturbation from the size of the 

clitoris. Among the women of Lake Nyassa, as well as in the 

Caroline Islands, special methods are practiced for elongating 

the clitoris, but in Europe, at all events, it is probable that 

the variations in the size of the organ are mainly congenital. It 

may well be that a congenitally large clitoris is associated with 

an abnormally developed excitability of the sexual apparatus. 

Tilt stated (_On Uterine and Ovarian Inflammation_, p. 37) that 

in his experience there was a frequent though not invariable 

connection between a large clitoris and sexual proclivity. 

(Schurig referred to a case of intense and life-long sexual 

obsession associated with an extremely large clitoris, 

_Gynaecologia_, pp. 16-17.) Of recent years considerable 

importance has been attached by some gynecologists (e.g., R.T. 

Morris, "Is Evolution Trying to Do Away With the Clitoris?" 

_Transactions American Association of Obstetricians and 

Gynecologists_, vol. v, 1893) to preputial adhesions around the 

clitoris as a source of nervous disturbance and invalidism in 

young women. 

 

While the clitoris is anatomically analogous to the penis, its actual 

mechanism under the stress of sexual excitement is somewhat different. As 

Lietaud long since pointed out, it cannot rise freely in erection as the 

penis can; it is apparently bound down by its prepuce and its frenulum. 

Waldeyer, in his book on the pelvis, states more precisely that, unlike 

the penis, when erect it retains its angle, only this becomes somewhat 

rounded so that the organ is to some slight extent lifted and protruded. 

Waldeyer considered that the clitoris was thus perfectly fitted to fulfill 

its part as the recipient of erotic stimulation from friction by the 

penis. Adler, however, has pointed out with considerable justice, that 

this is not altogether the case. The clitoris was developed in mammals who 

practiced the posterior mode of coitus; in this position the clitoris was 

beneath the penis, which was thus easily able in coitus to press it 

against the pubic bone close beneath which it is situated, and thus impart 

the compression and friction which the feminine organ craves. But in the 

human anterior mode of coitus it is not necessarily brought into close 

contact with the penis during the act of coitus, and thus fails to receive 

powerful stimulation. Its restricted position, which is an advantage in 

posterior coitus, is a disadvantage in anterior coitus. Adler observes 

that it thus comes about that the human method of coitus, while by 

bringing breast to breast and face to face it has added a new dignity and 

refinement, a fresh source of enjoyment, to the embrace of the sexes, has 

not been an unmixed advantage to woman, for while man has lost nothing by 


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