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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

III. 

 

The Constituents of Semen--Function of the Prostate--The Properties of 

Semen--Aphrodisiacs--Alcohol, Opium, etc.--Anaphrodisiacs--The Stimulant 

Influence of Semen in Coitus--The Internal Effects of Testicular 

Secretions--The Influence of Ovarian Secretion. 

 

 

The germ cell never comes into the sphere of consciousness and cannot 

therefore concern us in the psychological study of the phenomena of the 

sexual instinct. But it is otherwise with the sperm cell, and the seminal 

fluid has a relationship, both direct and indirect, to psychic phenomena 

which it is now necessary to discuss. 

 

While the spermatozoa are formed in the glandular tissue of the testes, 

the seminal fluid as finally emitted in detumescence is not a purely 

testicular product, but is formed by mixture with the fluids poured out at 

or before detumescence by various glands which open into the urethra, and 

notably the prostate.[129] This is a purely sexual gland, which in animals 

only becomes large and active during the breeding season, and may even be 

hardly distinguishable at other times; moreover, if the testes are removed 

in infancy, the prostate remains rudimentary, so that during recent years 

removal of the testes has been widely advocated and practiced for that 

hypertrophy of the prostate which is sometimes a distressing ailment of 

old age. It is the prostatic fluid, according to Fuerbringer, which imparts 

its characteristic odor to semen. It appears, however, to be the main 

function of the prostatic fluid to arouse and maintain the motility of the 

spermatozoa; before meeting the prostatic fluid the spermatozoa are 

motionless; that fluid seems to furnish a thinner medium in which they 

for the first time gain their full vitality.[130] 

 

When at length the semen is ejaculated, it contains various substances 

which may be separated from it,[131] and possesses various qualities, some 

of which have only lately been investigated, while others have evidently 

been known to mankind from a very early period. "When held for some time 

in the mouth," remarked John Hunter, "it produces a warmth similar to 

spices, which lasts some time."[132] Possibly this fact first suggested 

that semen might, when ingested, possess valuable stimulant qualities, a 

discovery which has been made by various savages, notably by the 

Australian aborigines, who, in many parts of Australia, administer a 

potion of semen to dying or feeble members of the tribe.[133] It is 

perhaps noteworthy that in Central Africa the testes of the goat are 

consumed as an aphrodisiac.[134] In eighteenth century Europe, Schurig, in 

his _Spermatologia_, still found it necessary to discuss at considerable 

length the possible medical properties of human semen, giving many 

prescriptions which contained it.[135] The stimulation produced by the 

ingestion of semen would appear to form in some cases a part of the 

attraction exerted by _fellatio_; De Sade emphasized this point; and in a 

case recorded by Howard semen appears to have acted as a stimulant for 

which the craving was as irresistible as is that for alcohol in 

dipsomania.[136] 

 

It must be remembered that the early history of this subject is 

more or less inextricably commingled with folk-lore practices of 

magical origin, not necessarily founded on actual observation of 


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