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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

which ever came under my notice was due to irritation in the ovaries, 

which had been forced down in front of the uterus and been fixed there by 

adhesions. Here there was little sexual proclivity, but the eyes were very 

remarkable. They flashed and glittered unceasingly, and at times perfect 

lightning bolts shot from them. Usually there is a bright glittering sheen 

in them which contrasts with the dead look in the irides of sexual excess 

or profuse uterine discharges." 

 

The activity of the glandular secretions, and especially those of the 

skin, during detumescence, would lead us to expect that such secretory 

activity is an index to an aptitude for detumescence. As a matter of fact 

it is occasionally, though not frequently, noted by medical observers. It 

is stated that the erotic temperament is characterized by a special 

odor.[157] The activity of the sweat-glands is seldom referred to by 

medical observers in describing persons of erotic temperament, although 

the descriptions of novelists not infrequently contain allusions to this 

point, and the literature of an earlier age shows that the tendency to 

perspiration, especially the moist hand, was regarded as a sure sign of a 

sensual temperament. "The moist-handed Madonna Imperia, a most rare and 

divine creature," remarks Lazarillo in Middleton's comedy _Blurt, 

Master-Constable_, to quote one of many allusions to this point in the 

Elizabethan drama. 

 

The lips are sometimes noted as red and everted, perhaps thick[158]; 

Tardieu remarked that the typically erotic woman has thick red lips. This 

corresponds with the characteristic type of the satyr in classic statues 

as in later paintings; his lips are always thick and everted. Fullness, 

redness, and eversion of the lips are correlated with good breathing, the 

absence of anaemia, laughter, a well-fleshed face. 

 

This kind of mouth indicates, perhaps, not so much a congenitally 

erotic temperament, as an abandonment to impulse. The opposite 

type of mouth--with inverted, thin, and retracted lips--would 

appear to be found with especial frequency in persons who 

habitually repress their impulses on moral grounds. Any kind of 

effort to restrain involuntary muscular action may lead to 

retraction of the lips: the effort to overcome anger or fear, or 

even the resistance to a strong desire to urinate or defecate. In 

religious young men, however, it becomes habitual and fixed. I 

recall a small band of medical students, gathered together from a 

large medical school, who were accustomed to meet together for 

prayer and Bible-reading; the majority showed this type of mouth 

to a very marked degree: pale faces, with drawn, retracted lips. 

It may be termed the Christian or pious _facies_. It is much less 

frequently seen in religious women (unless of masculine type), 

doubtless because religion for women is in a much less degree 

than for men a moral discipline. 

 

It may be added that an interesting form of this contraction of 

the lips, and one that is not purely repressive, is that which 

indicates the state of muscular tension associated with the 

impulse to guard and protect. In this form the contracted mouth 

is the index of tenderness, and is characteristic of the mother 


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