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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

discovered the significant fact that the eyes and hair darken _pari passu_ 

with sexual development. In women, during menstruation, there is a general 

tendency to pigmentation; this is especially obvious around the eyes, and 

in some cases black rings of true pigment form in this position. Even the 

skin of the negro women of Loango sometimes becomes a few shades darker 

during menstruation.[163] During pregnancy this tendency to pigmentation 

reaches its climax. Pregnancy constantly gives rise to pigmentation of the 

face, the neck, the nipples, the abdomen, and this is especially marked in 

brunettes. 

 

This association of pigmentation and sexual aptitudes has been recognized 

in the popular lore of some peoples. Thus the Sicilians, who admire brown 

skin and have no liking either for a fair skin or light hair, believe that 

a white woman is incapable of responding to love. It is the brown woman 

who feels love; as it is said in Sicilian dialect: "Fimmina scura, fimmina 

amurusa."[164] 

 

The dependence of pigmentation upon the sexual system is shown by 

the fact that irritation of the genital organs by disease will 

frequently suffice to produce a high degree of pigmentation. This 

may the neck, the trunk, the hands. Simpson long since noted that 

uterine irritation apart from pregnancy may produce pigmentation 

of the areolae of the nipples (_Obstetric Works_, vol. i, p. 345). 

Engelmann discussed the subject and gave cases, "The 

Hystero-Neuroses," pp. 124-139, in _Gynaecological Transactions_, 

vol. xii, 1887; and a summary of a memoir by Fouquet on this 

subject in _La Gynecologie_, February, 1903, will be found in 

_British Medical Journal_, March 28, 1903, 

 

Of all physical traits vigor of the hairy system has most frequently 

perhaps been regarded as the index of vigorous sexuality. In this matter 

modern medical observations are at one with popular belief and ancient 

physiognomical assertions.[165] The negative test of castration and the 

positive test of puberty point in the same direction. 

 

It is at puberty that all the hair on the body, except that on the head, 

begins to develop; indeed, the very word "puberty" has reference to this 

growth as the most obvious sign of the whole process. When castration 

takes place at an early age all this development of pubescent hair is 

arrested. When the primary sexual organs are undeveloped the sexual hair 

is also undeveloped, as in a case, recorded by Plant,[166] of a girl with 

rudimentary uterus and ovaries who had little or no axillary and pubic 

hair, although the hair of the head was long and strong.[167] 

 

The pseudo-Michael Scot among the _Signa mulieris calidae naturae 

et quae coit libenter_ stated that her hair, both on the head and 

body, is thick and coarse and crisp, and Della Porta, the 

greatest of the physiognomists, said that thickness of hair in 

women meant wantonness. Venette, in his _Generation de l'Homme_, 

remarked that men who have much hair on the body are most 

amorous. At a more recent period Roubaud has said that pubic hair 

in its quantity, color and curliness is an index of genital 

energy. A poor pilous system, on the other hand, Roubaud regarded 


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