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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

with the woman whose qualities are of the heart and of the emotions. But 

it seems sufficiently clear that the practical observations of skilled and 

experienced observers agree in attributing to persons of erotic type 

certain general characteristics which accord with those negative and 

positive standards we may frame on the basis of castration, of puberty, 

and of detumescence. It may be worth while to note a few of these 

characteristics briefly. 

 

The abnormal lengthening of the long bones at the age of puberty in the 

castrated is, as we have seen, very pronounced. There is little tendency 

to associate length of limb with an erotic temperament, and a certain 

amount of data as well as of more vague opinion points in the opposite 

direction. The Arabs would appear to believe that it is short rather than 

tall people in whom the sexual instinct is strongly developed, and we read 

in the _Perfumed Garden_: "Under all circumstances little women love 

coitus more and evince a stronger affection for the virile member than 

women of a large size." In his elaborate investigation of criminals Marro 

found that prostitutes and women guilty of sexual offenses, as also male 

sexual offenders, tend to be short and thick set.[147] In European 

folk-lore the thick, bull neck is regarded as a sign of strong 

sexuality.[148] Mantegazza refers to a strong sexual temperament as being 

associated with arrest or disorder of bony development, and Marro suggests 

that the proverbial salacity of rachitic individuals may be due to an 

increased activity of the sexual organs.[149] It may be added that 

acromegaly, with its excessive bony growths, tends to be associated with 

premature sexual involution. 

 

A further point which is frequently mentioned in the case of women is the 

development of the chief secondary sexual regions: the pelvis and the 

breasts. It is, indeed, almost inevitable that there should be some degree 

of correlation between the aptitude for bearing children and the aptitude 

for experiencing detumescence. The reality of such a connection is not 

only evidenced by medical observations, but receives further testimony in 

popular beliefs. In Italy women with large buttocks are considered wanton, 

and among the South Slavs they are regarded as especially fruitful.[150] 

Blumenbach asserted that precocious venery will enlarge the breasts, and 

believed that he had found evidence of this among young London 

prostitutes.[151] 

 

 

 

 

 


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