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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

themselves. Hence the significance of the kiss as a preliminary of 

detumescence.[99] 

 

The importance of the lips as a normal erogenous zone is shown by 

the experiments of Gualino. He applied a thread, folded on itself 

several times, to the lips, thus stimulating them in a simple 

mechanical manner. Of 20 women, between the ages of 18 and 35, 

only 8 felt this as a merely mechanical operation, 4 felt a 

vaguely erotic element in the proceeding, 3 experienced a desire 

for coitus and in 5 there was actual sexual excitement with 

emission of mucus. Of 25 men, between the ages of 20 and 30, in 

15 all sexual feeling was absent, in 7 erotic ideas were 

suggested with congestion of the sexual organs without erection, 

and in 3 there was the beginning of erection. It should be added 

that both the women and the men in whom this sexual reflex was 

more especially marked were of somewhat nervous temperament; in 

such persons erotic reactions of all kinds generally occur most 

easily. (Gualino, "Il Rifflesso Sessuale nell' eccitamento alle 

labbre," _Archivio di Psichiatria_, 1904, p. 341.) 

 

As tumescence, under the influence of sensory stimulation, proceeds toward 

the climax when it gives place to detumescence, the physical phenomena 

become more and more acutely localized in the sexual organs. The process 

which was at first predominantly nervous and psychic now becomes more 

prominently vascular. The ancient sexual relationship of the skin asserts 

itself; there is marked surface congestion showing itself in various ways. 

The face tends to become red, and exactly the same phenomenon is taking 

place in the genital organs; "an erection," it has been said, "is a 

blushing of the penis." The difference is that in the genital organs this 

heightened vascularity has a definite and specific function to 

accomplish--the erection of the male organ which fits it to enter the 

female parts--and that consequently there has been developed in the penis 

that special kind of vascular mechanism, consisting of veins in connective 

tissue with unstriped muscular fibers, termed erectile tissue.[100] 

 

It is not only the man who is supplied with erectile tissue which in the 

process of tumescence becomes congested and swollen. The woman also, in 

the corresponding external genital region, is likewise supplied with 

erectile tissue now also charged with blood, and exhibits the same changes 

as have taken place in her partner, though less conspicuously visible. In 

the anthropoid apes, as the gorilla, the large clitoris and the nymphae 

become prominent in sexual excitement, but the less development of the 

clitoris in women, together with the specifically human evolution of the 

mons veneris and larger lips, renders this sexual turgescence practically 

invisible, though it is perceptible to touch in an increased degree of 

spongy and elastic tension. The whole feminine genital canal, including 

the uterus, indeed, is richly supplied with blood-vessels, and is capable 

during sexual excitement of a very high degree of turgescence, a kind of 

erection. 

 

The process of erection in woman is accompanied by the pouring out of 

fluid which copiously bathes all parts of the vulva around the entrance to 


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