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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

response by congestion of the thyroid gland to sexual excitement. 

(_Parthenologia_, p. 283; Bierent, _La Puberte_, p. 150; Havelock 

Ellis, _Man and Woman_, fourth edition, p. 267.) 

 

Some say, Schurig tells us, that the voice, which in the virgin 

is shrill, becomes rougher and deeper after the first coitus. He 

quotes Riolan's statement that it is certain that the voice of 

those who indulge in venery is changed. On that account the 

ancients bound down the penis of their singers, and Martial said 

that those who wish to preserve their voices should avoid coitus. 

Democritus who one day had greeted a girl as "maiden" on the 

following day addressed her as "woman," while in the same way it 

is said that Albertus Magnus, observing from his study a girl 

going for wine for her master, knew that she had had sexual 

intercourse by the way because on her return her voice had become 

deeper. Here, again, the ancient belief has a solid basis, for 

the voice and the larynx are really affected by sexual 

conditions. (_Parthenologia_, p. 286; Marro, _La Puberte_, p. 

303; Havelock Ellis, op. cit., pp. 271, 289.) 

 

Others, again, Schurig proceeds, have judged that the goaty smell 

given out in the armpits during the venereal act is also no 

uncertain sign of defloration, such odor being perceptible in 

those who use much venery, and not seldom in harlots and the 

newly married, while, as Hippocrates said, it is not perceived in 

boys and girls. (_Parthenologia_, p. 286; cf. the previous volume 

of these _Studies_, "Sexual Selection in Man," p. 64.) 

 

In virgins, Schurig remarks, the pubic hair is said to be long 

and not twisted, while in women accustomed to coitus it is 

crisper. But it is only after long and repeated coitus, some 

authors add, that the pubic hairs become crisp. Some recent 

observers, it may be remarked, have noted a connection between 

sexual excitation and the condition of the pubic hair in women. 

(Cf. the present volume, _ante_ p. 127.) 

 

A sign to which the old authors often attached much importance 

was furnished by the urinary stream. In the _De Secretis 

Mulierum_, wrongly attributed to Albertus Magnus, it is laid down 

that "the virgin urinates higher than the woman." Riolan, in his 

_Anthropographia_, discussing the ability of virgins to ejaculate 

urine to a height, states that Scaliger had observed women who 

were virgins emit urine in a high jet against a wall, but that 

married women could seldom do this. Bouaciolus also stated that 

the urine of virgins is emitted in a small stream to a distance 

with an acute hissing sound. (_Parthenologia_, p. 281.) A 

folk-lore belief in the reality of this influence is evidenced by 

the Picardy _conte_ referred to already (_ante_, p. 53), "La 

Princesse qui pisse au dessus les Meules." There is no doubt a 

tendency for the various stresses of sexual life to produce an 

influence in this direction, though they act far too slowly and 

uncertainly to be a reliable index to the presence or the absence 

of virginity. 

 

Another common ancient test of virginity by urination rests on a 


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