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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

II 

 

The Object of Detumescence--Erogenous Zones--The Lips--The Vascular 

Characters of Detumescence--Erectile Tissue--Erection in Woman--Mucous 

Emission in Women--Sexual Connection--The Human Mode of 

Intercourse--Normal Variations--The Motor Characters of 

Detumescence--Ejaculation--The Virile Reflex--The General Phenomena of 

Detumescence--The Circulatory and Respiratory Phenomena--Blood 

Pressure--Cardiac Disturbance--Glandular Activity--Distillatio--The 

Essentially Motor Character of Detumescence--Involuntary Muscular 

Irradiation to Bladder, etc.--Erotic Intoxication--Analogy of Sexual 

Detumescence and Vesical Tension--The Specifically Sexual Movements of 

Detumescence in Man--In Woman--The Spontaneous Movements of the Genital 

Canal in Woman--Their Function in Conception--Part Played by Active 

Movement of the Spermatozoa--The Artificial Injection of Semen--The Facial 

Expression During Detumescence--The Expression of Joy--The Occasional 

Serious Effects of Coitus. 

 

 

We have seen what the object of detumescence is, and we have briefly 

considered the organs and structures which are chiefly concerned in the 

process. We have now to inquire what are the actual phenomena which take 

place during the act of detumescence. 

 

Detumescence is normally linked closely to tumescence. Tumescence is the 

piling on of the fuel; detumescence is the leaping out of the devouring 

flame whence is lighted the torch of life to be handed on from generation 

to generation. The whole process is double and yet single; it is exactly 

analogous to that by which a pile is driven into the earth by the raising 

and then the letting go of a heavy weight which falls on to the head of 

the pile. In tumescence the organism is slowly wound up and force 

accumulated; in the act of detumescence the accumulated force is let go 

and by its liberation the sperm-bearing instrument is driven home. 

Courtship, as we commonly term the process of tumescence which takes place 

when a woman is first sexually approached by a man, is usually a highly 

prolonged process. But it is always necessary to remember that every 

repetition of the act of coitus, to be normally and effectively carried 

out on both sides, demands a similar double process; detumescence must be 

preceded by an abbreviated courtship. 

 

This abbreviated courtship by which tumescence is secured or heightened in 

the repetition of acts of coitus which have become familiar, is mainly 

tactile.[98] Since the part of the man in coitus is more active and that 

of the woman more passive, the sexual sensitivity of the skin seems to be 

more pronounced in women. There are, moreover, regions of the surface of a 

woman's body where contact, when sympathetic, seems specially liable to 

arouse erotic excitement. Such erogenous zones are often specially marked 

in the breasts, occasionally in the palm of the hand, the nape of the 

neck, the lobule of the ear, the little finger; there is, indeed, perhaps 

no part of the surface of the body which may not, in some individuals at 

some time, become normally an erogenous zone. In hysteria the erotic 

excitability of these zones is sometimes very intense. The lips are, 

however, without doubt, the most persistently and poignantly sensitive 

region of the whole body outside the sphere of the sexual organs 


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