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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

to develop sensibility in the anus. He finds an indication that 

the anus has become a sexually erogenous zone when children wish 

to allow the contents of the rectum to accumulate so that 

defecation may by its increased difficulty involve voluptuous 

sensations, and adds that masturbatory excitation of the anus 

with the fingers is by no means rare in older children. (S. 

Freud, _Op. cit._, pp. 40-42.) A medical correspondent in India 

tells me of a European lady who derived, she said, "quite as 

much, indeed more," pleasure from digitally titillating her 

rectum as from vulvo-vaginal titillation; she had several times 

submitted to _pedicatio_ and enjoyed it, though it was painful 

during penetration. The anus may retain this erogenous 

irritability even in old age, and Routh mentions the case of a 

lady of over 70, the reverse of lustful, who was so excited by 

the act of defecation that she was invariably compelled to 

masturbate, although this state of things was a source of great 

mental misery to her. (C.H.F. Routh, _British Gynaecological 

Journal_, February, 1887, p. 48.) 

 

Boelsche has sought the explanation of the erogenous nature of the 

anus, and the key to _pedicatio_, in an atavistic return to the 

very remote amphibian days when the anus was combined with the 

sexual parts in a common cloaca. But it is unnecessary to invoke 

any vestigial inheritance from a vastly remote past when we bear 

in mind that the innervation of these two adjoining regions is 

inevitably very closely related. The presence of a body exit with 

its marked and special sensitivity at a point where it can 

scarcely fail to receive the nervous overflow from an immensely 

active center of nervous energy quite adequately accounts for the 

phenomenon in question. 

 

The inner lips, the nymphae or labia minora, running parallel with the 

greater lips which enclose them, embrace the clitoris anteriorly and 

extend backward, enclosing the urethral exit between them as well as the 

vaginal entrance. They form little wings whence their old Latin name, 

_alae_, and from their resemblance to the cock's comb were by Spigelius 

termed crista galli. The red and (especially in brunettes) dark appearance 

of the nymphae suggests that they are mucous membrane and not 

integumentary; it is, however, now considered that even on the inner 

surface they are covered by skin and separated from the mucous membrane by 

a line.[90] In structure, as described by Waldeyer, they consist of fine 

connective tissue rich in elastic fibers as well as some muscular tissue, 

and full of large veins, so that they are capable of a considerable degree 

of turgescence resembling erection during sexual excitement, while 

Ballantyne finds that the nymphae are supplied to a notable extent with 

nervous end-organs. 

 

More than any other part of the sexual apparatus in either sex, the lesser 

lips, on account of their shape, their position, and their structure, are 

capable of acquired modifications, more especially hypertrophy and 

elongation. By stretching, it is stated, a labium can be doubled in its 

dimensions. The "Hottentot apron," or elongated nymphae, commonly found 


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