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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 change, woman has now to contend with an increased difficulty in 

attaining an adequate amount of pressure on that "electric button" which 

normally sets the whole mechanism in operation.[88] 

 

We may well bring into connection with the changed conditions brought 

about by anterior coitus the interesting fact that while the clitoris 

remains the most exquisitely sensitive of the sexual centers in woman, 

voluptuous sensitivity is much more widely diffused in woman than in man. 

Over the whole body, indeed, it is apt to be more distinctly marked than 

is usually the case in man. But even if we confine ourselves to the 

genital region, while in man that portion of the penis which enters the 

vagina, and especially the glans, is normally the only portion which, even 

during turgescence, is sensitive to voluptuous contacts, in woman the 

whole of the region comprised within the larger lips, including even the 

anus and internally the vagina and the vaginal portion of the womb,[89] 

become sensitive to voluptuous contacts. Deprived of the penis the ability 

of a man to experience specifically sexual sensations becomes very limited 

indeed. But the loss of the clitoris or of any other structure involves no 

correspondingly serious disability on women. Ablation of the clitoris for 

sexual hyperaesthesia has for this reason been abandoned, except under 

special circumstances. The members of the Russian Skoptzy sect habitually 

amputate the clitoris, nymphae, and breasts, yet many young Skoptzy women 

told the Russian physician, Guttceit, that they were perfectly well able 

to enjoy coitus. 

 

Freud believes that in very young girls the clitoris is the 

exclusive seat of sexual sensation, masturbation at this age 

being directed to the clitoris alone, and spontaneous sexual 

excitement being confined to twitchings and erection of this 

organ, so that young girls are able, from their own experience, 

to recognize without instruction the signs of sexual excitement 

in boys. At a later age sexual excitability spreads from the 

clitoris to other regions--just as the easy inflammability of 

wood sets light to coal--though in the male the penis remains 

from first to last normally the almost exclusive seat of specific 

excitability. (S. Freud, _Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie_, 

p. 62.) 

 

The anus would, however, seem to be sometimes an erogenous zone 

even at an early age. Titillation of the anus appears to be 

frequently pleasurable in women; and this is not surprising 

considering the high degree of erotic sensitivity which is easily 

developed at the body orifices where skin meets mucous membrane. 

(Thus the meatus of the urethra is a highly erogenous zone, as is 

sufficiently shown by the frequency with which hair-pins and 

other articles used in masturbation find their way into the 

bladder.) It is in this germinal sensitivity, undoubtedly, that 

we find a chief key to the practice of _pedicatio_. Freud 

attaches great importance to the anus as a sexually erogenous 

zone at a very early age, and considers that it very frequently 

makes its influence felt in this respect. He believes that 

intestinal catarrhs in very early life and haemorrhoids later tend 


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