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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

psychic basis, and appears in a variety of forms which are really 

all reducible to the same principle. Thus we are told in _De 

Secretis Mulierum_ that to ascertain if a girl is seduced she 

should be given to eat of powdered crocus flowers, and if she has 

been seduced she immediately urinates. We are here concerned with 

auto-suggestion, and it may well be believed that with nervous 

and credulous girls this test often revealed the truth. 

 

A further test of virginity discussed by Schurig is the presence 

of modesty of countenance. If a woman blushes her virtue is safe. 

In this way girls who have themselves had experience of the 

marriage bed are said to detect the virgin. The virgin's eyes are 

cast down and almost motionless, while she who has known a man 

has eyes that are bright and quick. But this sign is equivocal, 

says Schurig, for girls are different, and can simulate the 

modesty they do not feel. Yet this indication also rests on a 

fundamentally sound psychological basis. (See "The Evolution of 

Modesty," in the first volume of these _Studies_.) 

 

In his _Syllepsilogia_ (Section V, cap. I-II), published in 1731, 

Schurig discusses further the anciently recognized signs of 

pregnancy. The real or imaginary signs of pregnancy sought by 

various primitive peoples of the past and present are brought 

together by Ploss and Bartels, _Das Weib_, bd. i, Chapter XXVII. 

 

Both physically and psychically the occurrence of pregnancy is, however, a 

distinct event. It marks the beginning of a continuous physical process, 

which cannot fail to manifest psychic reactions. A great center of vital 

activity--practically a new center, for only the germinal form of it in 

menstruation had previously existed--has appeared and affects the whole 

organism. "From the moment that the embryo takes possession of the woman," 

Robert Barnes puts it, "every drop of blood, every fiber, every organ, is 

affected."[170] 

 

A woman artist once observed to Dr. Stratz, that as the final aim of a 

woman is to become a mother and pregnancy is thus her blossoming time, a 

beautiful woman ought to be most beautiful when she is pregnant. That is 

so, Stratz replied, if her moment of greatest physical perfection 

corresponds with the early months of pregnancy, for with the beginning of 

pregnancy metabolism is increased, the color of the skin becomes more 

lively and delicate, the breasts firmer.[171] Pregnancy may, indeed, often 

become visible soon after conception by the brighter eye, the livelier 

glance, resulting from greater vascular activity, though later, with the 

increase of strain, the face may tend to become somewhat thin and 

distorted. The hair, Barnes states, assumes a new vigor, even though it 

may have been falling out before. The temperature rises; the weight 

increases, even apart from the growth of the foetus. The efflorescence of 

pregnancy shows itself, as in the blossoming and fecundated flower, by 

increased pigmentation.[172] The nipples with their areolae, and the 

mid-line of the belly, become darker; brown flecks (lentigo) tend to 

appear on the forehead, neck, arms, and body; while striae--at first 

blue-red, then a brilliant white--appear on the belly and thighs, though 


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