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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 violent and criminal man who commits sexual crimes tends to 

be fair even amid a dark population. Criminals on the whole would 

appear to tend to be dark rather than fair; but Marro found in 

Italy that the group of sexual offenders differed from all other 

groups of criminals in that their hair was predominantly fair. 

(_Caratteri del Delinquenti_, p. 374.) Ottolenghi, in the same 

way, in examining 100 sexual offenders, found that they showed 17 

per cent., of fair hair, though criminals generally (on a basis 

of nearly 2000) showed only 6 per cent., and normal persons 

(nearly 1000) 9 per cent. Similarly while the normal persons 

showed only 20 per cent. of blue eyes and criminals generally 36 

per cent., the sexual offenders showed 50 per cent. of blue eyes. 

(Ottolenghi, _Archivio di Psichiatria_, fasc. vi, 1888, p. 573.) 

Burton remarked (_Anatomy of Melancholy_, Part III, Section II, 

Mem. II, Subs. II) that in all ages most amorous young men have 

been yellow-haired, adding, "Synesius holds every effeminate 

fellow or adulterer is fair-haired." In folk-lore, it has been 

noted (Kryptadia, vol. ii, p. 258), red or yellow hair is 

sometimes regarded as a mark of sexuality. 

 

In harmony with this fairness, sexual offenders would appear to 

be more dolichocephalic than other criminals. In Italy Marro 

found the foreheads of sexual offenders to be narrow, and in 

California Draehms found that while murderers had an average 

cephalic index of 83.5, and thieves of 80.5, that of sexual 

offenders was 79. 

 

On the other hand, high cheek-bones and broad faces--a condition 

most usually found associated with brachycephaly--have sometimes 

been noted as associated with undue or violent sexuality. Marro 

noted the excess of prominent cheek-bones in sexual offenders, 

and in America it has been found that unchaste girls tend to have 

broad faces. (_Pedagogical Seminary_, December, 1896, pp. 231, 

235.) 

 

It will be seen that, when we take a comprehensive view of the facts and 

considerations involved, it is possible to obtain a more definite and 

coherent picture of the physical signs of a marked aptitude for 

detumescence than has hitherto been usually supposed possible. But we also 

see that while the _ensemble_ of these signs is probably fairly reliable 

as an index of marked sexuality, the separate signs have no such definite 

significance, and under some circumstances their significance may even be 

reversed. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[144] See Bierent, _La Puberte_; Marro, _La Puberta_ (and enlarged French 

translation, _La Puberte_), and portions of G.S. Hall's _Adolescence_; 

also Havelock Ellis, _Man and Woman_ (fourth edition, revised and 

enlarged). 

 

[145] Adler, _Die Mangelhafte Geschlechtsempfindung des Weibes_, p. 174; 

Moll, "Perverse Sexualempfindung, Psychische Impotenz und Ehe" (Section 

II), in Senator and Kaminer, _Krankheiten und Ehe_. 

 

[146] Roubaud, _Traite de l'Impuissance_, p. 524. 

 

[147] Marro, _Caratteri del Delinquenti_, p. 374. 

 

[148] Kryptadia, vol. ii, p. 258. 

 

[149] Marro, _La Puberta_, p. 196. In Italy, the sensuality of the lame is 

the subject of proverbs. 

 

[150] _Archivio di Psichiatria_, 1896, p. 515; Kryptadia, vol. vi, p. 212. 


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