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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

detumescence has been mainly nervous and vascular in character; it has, in 

fact, been but the more acute stage of a process which has been going on 

throughout tumescence. But now we reach the point at which a new element 

comes in: muscular action. With the onset of muscular action, which is 

mainly involuntary, even when it affects the voluntary muscles, 

detumescence proper begins to take place. Henceforward purposeful psychic 

action, except by an effort, is virtually abolished. The individual, as a 

separate person, tends to disappear. He has become one with another 

person, as nearly one as the conditions of existence ever permit; he and 

she are now merely an instrument in the hands of a higher power--by 

whatever name we may choose to call that Power--which is using them for an 

end not themselves. 

 

The decisive moment in the production of the instinctive and involuntary 

orgasm occurs when, under the influence of the stimulus applied to the 

penis by friction with the vagina, the tension of the seminal fluid poured 

into the urethra arouses the ejaculatory center in the spinal cord and the 

bulbo-cavernosus muscle surrounding the urethra responsively contracts in 

rhythmic spasms. Then it is that ejaculation occurs.[106] 

 

"The circulation quickens, the arteries beat strongly," wrote Roubaud in a 

description of the physical state during coitus which may almost be termed 

classic; "the venous blood, arrested by muscular contraction, increases 

the general heat, and this stagnation, more pronounced in the brain by the 

contraction of the muscles of the neck and the throwing of the head 

backward, causes a momentary cerebral congestion, during which 

intelligence is lost and the faculties abolished. The eyes, violently 

injected, become haggard, and the look uncertain, or, in the majority of 

cases, the eyes are closed spasmodically to avoid the contact of the 

light. The respiration is hurried, sometimes interrupted, and may be 

suspended by the spasmodic contraction of the larynx, and the air, for a 

time compressed, is at last emitted in broken and meaningless words. The 

congested nervous centers only communicate confused sensations and 

volitions; mobility and sensation show extreme disorder; the limbs are 

seized by convulsions and sometimes by cramps, or are thrown wildly about 

or become stiff like iron bars. The jaws, tightly pressed, grind the 

teeth, and in some persons the delirium is carried so far that they bite 

to bleeding the shoulders their companions have imprudently abandoned to 

them. This frantic state of epilepsy lasts but a short time, but it 

suffices to exhaust the forces of the organism, especially in man. It is, 

I believe, Galen, who said: 'Omne animal post coitum triste praeter 

mulierem gallumque.'"[107] Most of the elements that make up this typical 

picture of the state of coitus are not absolutely essential to that state, 

but they all come within the normal range of variation. There can be no 

doubt that this range is considerable. There would appear to be not only 

individual, but also racial, differences; there is a remarkable passage in 

Vatsyayana's _Kama Sutra_ describing the varying behavior of the women of 

different races in India under the stress of sexual excitement--Dravidian 

women with difficulty attaining erethism, women of the Punjaub fond of 


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