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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

before detumescence, and is due mainly to the action of the sphincter 

cunni (analogous to the bulbo-cavernosus in the male), is only a part of 

the localized muscular process. At first there would appear to be a reflex 

peristaltic movement of the Fallopian tubes and uterus. Dembo observed 

that in animals stimulation of the upper anterior wall of the vagina 

caused gradual contraction of the uterus, which is erected by powerful 

contraction of its muscular fiber and round ligaments while at the same 

time it descends toward the vagina, its cavity becoming more and more 

diminished and mucus being forced out. In relaxing, Aristotle long ago 

remarked, it aspirates the seminal fluid. 

 

Although the active participation of the sexual organs in woman, to the 

end of directing the semen into the womb at the moment of detumescence, is 

thus a very ancient belief, and harmonizes with the Greek view of the womb 

as an animal in the body endowed with a considerable amount of 

activity,[117] precise observation in modern times has offered but little 

confirmation of the reality of this participation. Such observations as 

have been made have usually been the accidental result of sexual 

excitement and orgasm occurring during a gynaecological examination. As, 

however, such a result is liable to occur in erotic subjects, a certain 

number of precise observations have accumulated during the past century. 

So far as the evidence goes, it would seem that in women, as in mares, 

bitches, and other animals, the uterus becomes shorter, broader, and 

softer during the orgasm, at the same time descending lower into the 

pelvis, with its mouth open intermittently, so that, as one writer 

remarks, spontaneously recurring to the simile which commended itself to 

the Greeks, "the uterus might be likened to an animal gasping for 

breath."[118] This sensitive, responsive mobility of the uterus is, 

indeed, not confined to the moment of detumescence, but may occur at other 

times under the influence of sexual emotion. 

 

It would seem probable that in this erection, contraction, and descent of 

the uterus, and its simultaneous expulsion of mucus, we have the decisive 

moment in the completion of detumescence in woman, and it is probable that 

the thick mucus, unlike the earlier more limpid secretion, which women are 

sometimes aware of after orgasm, is emitted from the womb at this time. 

This is, however, not absolutely certain. Some authorities regard 

detumescence in women as accomplished in the pouring out of secretions, 

others in the rhythmic genital contractions; the sexual parts may, 

however, be copiously bathed in mucus for an indefinitely long period 

before the final stage of detumescence is achieved, and the rhythmic 

contractions are also taking place at a somewhat early period; in neither 

respect is there any obvious increase at the final moment of orgasm. In 

women this would seem to be more conspicuously a nervous manifestation 

than in men. On the subjective side it is very pronounced, with its 

feeling of relieved tension and agreeable repose--a moment when, as one 

woman expresses it, together with intense pleasure, there is, as it were, 

a floating up into a higher sphere, like the beginning of chloroform 

narcosis--but on the objective side this culminating moment is less easy 


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