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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

repose." This motor activity is of the essence of the impulse of 

detumescence, because without it the sperm cells could not be brought into 

the neighborhood of the germ cell and be propelled into the organic nest 

which is assigned for their conjunction and incubation. 

 

The motor activity is general as well as specifically sexual. There is a 

general tendency to more or less involuntary movement, without any 

increase of voluntary muscular power, which is, indeed, decreased, and 

Vaschide and Vurpas state that dynamometric results are somewhat lower 

than normal during sexual excitement, and the variations greater.[114] The 

tendency to diffused activity of involuntary muscle is well illustrated by 

the contraction of the bladder associated with detumescence. While this 

occurs in both sexes, in men erection produces a mechanical impediment to 

any evacuation of the bladder. In women there is not only a desire to 

urinate but, occasionally, actual urination. Many quite healthy and normal 

women have, as a rare accident supervening on the coincidence of an 

unusually full bladder with an unusual degree of sexual excitement, 

experienced a powerful and quite involuntary evacuation of the bladder at 

the moment of orgasm. In women with less normal nervous systems this has, 

more rarely, been almost habitual. Brantome has perhaps recorded the 

earliest case of this kind in referring to a lady he knew who "quand on 

lui faisait cela elle se compissait a bon escient."[115] The tendency to 

trembling, constriction of throat, sneezing, emission of internal gas, and 

the other similar phenomena occasionally associated with detumescence, are 

likewise due to diffusion of the motor disturbance. Even in infancy the 

motor signs of sexual excitement are the most obvious indications of 

orgasm; thus West, describing masturbation in a child of six or nine 

months who practiced thigh-rubbing, states that when sitting in her high 

chair she would grasp the handles, stiffen herself, and stare, rubbing her 

thighs quickly together several times, and then come to herself with a 

sigh, tired, relaxed, and sweating, these seizures, which lasted one or 

two minutes, being mistaken by the relations for epileptic fits.[116] 

 

The essentially motor character of detumescence is well shown by 

the extreme forms of erotic intoxication which sometimes appear 

as the result of sexual excitement. Fere, who has especially 

called attention to the various manifestations of this condition, 

presents an instructive case of a man of neurotic heredity and 

antecedents, in whom it occasionally happened that sexual 

excitement, instead of culminating in the normal orgasm, attained 

its climax in a fit of uncontrollable muscular excitement. He 

would then sing, dance, gesticulate, roughly treat his partner, 

break the objects around him, and finally sink down exhausted and 

stupefied. (Fere, _L'Instinct Sexuel_, Chapter X.) In such a case 

a diffused and general detumescence has taken the place of the 

normal detumescence which has its main focus in the sexual 

sphere. 

 

The same relationship is shown in a case of impotence accompanied 

by cramps in the calves and elsewhere, which has been recorded by 


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