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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

The association of the aptitude for detumescence with a tendency to a deep 

rather than to a high voice, both in men and women, has frequently been 

noted and has seldom been denied. The onset of puberty always affects the 

voice; in general, Bierent states, the more bass the voice is the more 

marked is the development of the sexual apparatus; "a very robust man, 

with very developed sexual organs, and very dark and abundant hairy 

system, a man of strong puberty in a word, is nearly always a bass."[152] 

The influence of sexual excitement in deepening the voice is shown by the 

rules of sexual hygiene prescribed to tenors, while a bass has less need 

to observe similar precautions. In women every phase of sexual 

life--puberty, menstruation, coitus, pregnancy--tends to affect the voice 

and always by giving it a deeper character. The deepening of the voice by 

sexual intercourse was an ancient Greek observation, and Martial refers to 

a woman's good or bad singing as an index to her recent sexual habits. 

Prostitutes tend to have a deep voice. Venturi points out that married 

women preserve a fresh voice to a more advanced age than spinsters, this 

being due to the precocious senility in the latter of an unused function. 

Such a phenomenon indicates that the relationship of detumescence to the 

deepening of the voice is not quite simple. This is further indicated by 

the fact that in robust men abstinence still further deepens the voice 

(the monk of melodrama always has a bass voice), while excessive or 

precocious sexual indulgence tends to be associated with the same kind of 

puerile voice as is found in those persons in whom pubertal development 

has not been carried very far, or who are of what Griffiths terms 

eunuchoid type. Idiot boys, who are often sexually undeveloped, tend to 

have a high voice, while idiot girls (who often manifest marked sexual 

proclivities) not infrequently have a deep voice.[153] 

 

Bright dilated eyes are among the phenomena of detumescence, and are very 

frequently noted in persons of a pronounced erotic temperament. This is, 

indeed, an ancient observation, and Burton says of people with a black, 

lively, and sparkling eye, "without question they are most amorous," 

drawing his illustrations mostly from classic literature.[154] Tardieu 

described the erotic woman as having bright eyes, and Heywood Smith states 

that the eyes of lascivious women resemble, though in a less degree, those 

of the insane.[155] Sexual excitement is one among many 

causes--intellectual excitement, pain, a loud noise, even any sensory 

irritation--which produce dilatation of the pupils and enlargement of the 

palpebral fissure, with some protrusion of the eyeball. The influence of 

the sexual system upon the eye appears to be far less potent in men than 

in women.[156] Sexual desire is, however, by no means the only irritant 

within the sexual sphere which may thus influence the eye; morbid 

irritations may produce the same effect. Milner Fothergill, in his book on 

_Indigestion_, vividly describes the appearance of the eyes sometimes 

seen in ovarian disorder: "The glittering flash which glances out from 

some female irides is the external indication of ovarian irritation, and 

'the ovarian gleam' has features quite its own. The most marked instance 


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