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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

circumstances, such movement favoring aspiration toward the womb may be 

communicated to the external mouth of the vagina. 

 

Riolan (_Anthropographia_, 1626, p. 294) referred to the 

constriction and dilation of the vulva under the influence of 

sexual excitement. It is said that in Abyssinia women can, when 

adopting the straddling posture of coitus, by the movements of 

their own vaginal muscles alone, grasp the male organ and cause 

ejaculation, although the man remains passive. According to 

Lorion the Annamites, adopting the normal posture of coitus, 

introduce the penis when flaccid or only half erect, the 

contraction of the vaginal walls completing the process; the 

penis is very small in this people. It is recognized by 

gynaecologists that the condition of vaginismus, in which there is 

spasmodic contraction of the vagina, making intercourse painful 

or impossible, is but a morbid exaggeration of the normal 

contraction which occurs in sexual excitement. Even in the 

absence of sexual excitement there is a vague affection, 

occurring in both married and unmarried women, and not, it would 

seem, necessarily hysterical, characterized by quivering or 

twitching of the vulva; I am told that this is popularly termed 

"flackering of the shape" in Yorkshire and "taittering of the 

lips" in Ireland. It may be added that quivering of the gluteal 

muscles also takes place during detumescence, and that in Indian 

medicine this is likewise regarded as a sign of sexual desire in 

women, apart from coitus. 

 

A non-medical correspondent in Australia, W.J. Chidley, from whom 

I have received many communications on this subject, is strongly 

of opinion from his own observations that not only does the 

uterus take an active part in coitus, but that under natural 

conditions the vagina also plays an active part in the process. 

He was led to suspect such an action many years ago, as well by 

an experience of his own, as also by hearing from a young woman 

who met her lover after a long absence that by the excitement 

thus aroused a tape attached to the underclothes had been drawn 

into the vagina. Since then the confidences of various friends, 

together with observations of animals, have confirmed him in the 

view that the general belief that coitus must be effected by 

forcible entry of the male organ into a passive vagina is 

incorrect. He considers that under normal circumstances coitus 

should take place but rarely, and then only under the most 

favorable circumstances, perhaps exclusively in spring, and, most 

especially, only when the woman is ready for it. Then, when in 

the arms of the man she loves, the vagina, in sympathy with the 

active movements of the womb, becomes distended at the touch of 

the turgescent, but not fully erect, penis, "flashes open and 

draws in the male organ." "All animals," he adds, "have sexual 

intercourse by the male organ being _drawn_, not forced, into the 

female. I have been borne out in this by friends who have seen 

horses, camels, mules and other large animals in the coupling 

season. What is more absurd, for instance, than to say that an 


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