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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

adults, running from the eyes somewhat obliquely towards the 

nose. What these characters indicate may be learned from the male 

mandril, whose face, particularly in the breeding season, shows 

colored fleshy prominences each side of the nose, with 

conspicuous furrows and ridges. In the male mandril these 

characters have been developed because, being an unmistakable 

sign of sexual ardor, they gave the female particular evidence of 

sexual feelings. Thus such characters would come to be recognized 

as habitually symptomatic of pleasurable feelings. Finding 

similar features in human beings, and particularly in children, 

though not developed in the same degree, we may assume that in 

our monkey-like ancestors facial characters similar to those of 

the mandril were developed, though to a less extent, and that 

they were symptomatic of pleasure, because connected with the 

period of courtship. Then they became conventionalized as 

pleasurable symptoms." (S.S. Buckmann, "Human Babies: What They 

Teach," _Nature_, July 5, 1900.) If this view is accepted, it may 

be said that the smile, having in man become a generalized sign 

of amiability, has no longer any special sexual significance. It 

is true that a faint and involuntary smile is often associated 

with the later stages of tumescence, but this is usually lost 

during detumescence, and may even give place to an expression of 

ferocity. 

 

When we have realized how profound is the organic convulsion involved by 

the process of detumescence, and how great the general motor excitement 

involved, we can understand how it is that very serious effects may follow 

coitus. Even in animals this is sometimes the case. Young bulls and 

stallions have fallen in a faint after the first congress; boars may be 

seriously affected in a similar way; mares have been known even to fall 

dead.[125] In the human species, and especially in men--probably, as Bryan 

Robinson remarks, because women are protected by the greater slowness with 

which detumescence occurs in them--not only death itself, but innumerable 

disorders and accidents have been known to follow immediately after 

coitus, these results being mainly due to the vascular and muscular 

excitement involved by the processes of detumescence. Fainting, vomiting, 

urination, defaecation have been noted as occurring in young men after a 

first coitus. Epilepsy has been not infrequently recorded. Lesions of 

various organs, even rupture of the spleen, have sometimes taken place. In 

men of mature age the arteries have at times been unable to resist the 

high blood-pressure, and cerebral haemorrhage with paralysis has occurred. 

In elderly men the excitement of intercourse with strange women has 

sometimes caused death, and various cases are known of eminent persons who 

have thus died in the arms of young wives or of prostitutes.[126] 

 

These morbid results, are, however, very exceptional. They usually occur 

in persons who are abnormally sensitive, or who have imprudently 

transgressed the obvious rules of sexual hygiene. Detumescence is so 

profoundly natural a process; it is so deeply and intimately a function of 

the organism, that it is frequently harmless even when the bodily 


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