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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 vagina. This is a bland, more or less odorless mucus which, under 

ordinary circumstances, slowly and imperceptibly suffuses the parts. When, 

however, the entrance to the vagina is exposed and extended, as during a 

gynaecological examination which occasionally produces sexual excitement, 

there may be seen a real ejaculation of the fluid which, as usually 

described, comes largely from the glands of Bartholin, situated at the 

mouth of the vagina. Under these circumstances it is sometimes described 

as being emitted in a jet which is thrown to a distance.[101] This mucous 

ejaculation was in former days regarded as analogous to the seminal 

ejaculation in man, and hence essential to conception. Although this 

belief was erroneous the fluid poured out in this manner whenever a high 

degree of tumescence is attained, and before the onset of detumescence, 

certainly performs an important function in lubricating the entrance to 

the genital canal and so facilitating the intromission of the male 

organ.[102] Menstruation has a similar influence in facilitating coitus, 

as Schurig long since pointed out.[103] A like process takes place during 

parturition when the same parts are being lubricated and stretched in 

preparation for the protrusion of the foetal head. The occurrence of the 

mucous flow in tumescence always indicates that that process is actively 

affecting the central sexual organs, and that voluptuous emotions are 

present.[104] 

 

The secretions of the genital canal and outlet in women are 

somewhat numerous. We have the odoriferous glands of sebaceous 

origin, and with them the prepuce of the clitoris which has been 

described as a kind of gigantic sebaceous follicle with the 

clitoris occupying its interior. (Hyrtl.) There is the secretion 

from the glands of Bartholin. There is again the vaginal 

secretion, opaque and albuminous, which appears to be alkaline 

when secreted, but becomes acid under the decomposing influence 

of bacteria, which are, however, harmless and not pathogenic. 

(Gow, _Obstetrical Society of London_, January 3, 1894.) There 

is, finally, the mucous uterine secretion, which is alkaline, 

and, being poured out during orgasm, is believed to protect the 

spermatozoa from destruction by the acid vaginal secretion. 

 

The belief that the mucus poured out in women during sexual 

excitement is feminine semen and therefore essential to 

conception had many remarkable consequences and was widespread 

until the seventeenth century. Thus, in the chapter "De Modo 

coeundi et de regimine eorum qui coeunt" of _De Secretis 

Mulierum_, there is insistence on the importance of the proper 

mixture of the male semen with the female semen and of arranging 

that it shall not escape from the vagina. The woman must lie 

quiet for several hours at least, not rising even to urinate, and 

when she gets up, be very temperate in eating and drinking, and 

not run or jump, pretending that she has a headache. It was the 

belief in feminine semen which led some theologians to lay down 

that a woman might masturbate if she had not experienced orgasm 

in coitus. Schurig in his _Muliebria_ (1729, pp. 159, et seq.) 


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