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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

among some peoples in South Africa, has long been a familiar phenomenon. 

In such cases a length or transverse diameter of 3 to 5 centimeters is 

commonly found. But such elongated nymphae are by no means confined to one 

part of the world or to one race; they are quite common among women of 

European race, and reach a size equal to most of the more reliably 

recorded Hottentot cases. Dickinson, who has very carefully studied this 

question in New York, finds that in 1000 consecutive gynaecological cases 

the labia showed some form of hypertrophy in 36 per cent., or more than 1 

in 3; while among 150 of these cases who were neurasthenic, the proportion 

reached 56 per cent., even when minor or doubtful enlargements were 

disregarded. Bergh, in about 16 per cent. cases, found very enlarged 

nymphae, the height reached in about 5 per cent. of the cases of 

enlargement being nearly six centimeters. Ploss and Bartels, in a full 

discussion: of the "Hottentot apron," come to the conclusion that this 

condition is perhaps in most cases artificially produced. It is known that 

among the Basutos it is the custom for the elder girls to manipulate the 

nymphae of younger children, when alone with them, almost from birth, and 

on account of the elastic nature of these structures such manipulation 

quite adequately accounts for the elongation. It is not necessary to 

suppose that the custom is practiced for the sake of producing sexual 

stimulation--though this may frequently occur--since there are numerous 

similar primitive customs involving deformation of the sexual organs 

without the production of sexual excitement. Dickinson has come to a 

similar conclusion as regards the corresponding elongation of the nymphae 

in civilized European women. In 361 out of 1000 women of good social class 

he found elongation or thickening, often with a notable degree of 

wrinkling and pigmentation, and believes that this is always the result of 

frequently repeated masturbation practiced with the separation of the 

nymphae; in 30 per cent. of the cases admission of masturbation was 

made.[91] While this conclusion is probably correct in the main, it 

requires some qualification. To assert that whenever in women who have 

not been pregnant the marked protrusion of the inner lips beyond the outer 

lips means that at some period manipulation has been practiced with or 

without the production of sexual excitement is to make too absolute a 

statement. It is highly probable that the nymphae, like the clitoris, are 

congenitally more prominent in some of the lower human races, as they are 

also in the apes; among the Fuegians, for instance, according to Hyades 

and Deniker, the labia minora descend lower than in Europeans, although 

there is not the slightest reason to suppose that these women practice any 

manipulations. Among European women, again, the nymphae sometimes protrude 

very prominently beyond the labia majora in women who are organically of 

somewhat infantile type; this occurs in cases in which we may be convinced 

that no manipulations have ever been practiced.[92] 


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