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THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.1
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.2
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.3
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.4
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.5
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.6
FOOTNOTES
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.1
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.2
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.3
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.4
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.5
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.6
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.7
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.8
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.9
MARRIAGE-10.1
MARRIAGE-10.2
MARRIAGE-10.3
MARRIAGE-10.4
MARRIAGE-10.5
MARRIAGE-10.6
MARRIAGE-10.7
MARRIAGE-10.8
MARRIAGE-10.9
MARRIAGE-10.10
MARRIAGE-10.11
MARRIAGE-10.12
FOOTNOTES
THE ART OF LOVE-11.1
THE ART OF LOVE-11.2
THE ART OF LOVE-11.3
THE ART OF LOVE-11.4
THE ART OF LOVE-11.5
THE ART OF LOVE-11.6
THE ART OF LOVE-11.7
THE ART OF LOVE-11.8
THE ART OF LOVE-11.9
THE ART OF LOVE-11.10
THE ART OF LOVE-11.11
FOOTNOTES
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.1
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.2
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.3
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.4
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.5
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.6
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.7
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.8
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.9
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become chronically frigid, through the brutal inconsiderateness 

of her ignorant husband in carrying out what he conceives to be 

his marital duties. (It has already been necessary to touch on 

this point in discussing "The Sexual Impulse in Women" in vol. 

iii of these _Studies_.) Sometimes, indeed, serious physical 

injury has been inflicted on the bride owing to this ignorance of 

the husband. 

 

"I take it that most men have had pre-matrimonial 

sex-relationships," a correspondent writes. "But I have known one 

man at least who, up till the age of twenty, had not even a 

rudimentary idea of sex matters. At twenty-nine, a few months 

before marriage, he came to ask me how coitus was performed, and 

displayed an ignorance that I could not believe to exist in the 

mind of an otherwise intelligent man. He had evidently no 

instinct to guide him, as the brutes have, and his reason was 

unable to supply the necessary knowledge. It is very curious that 

man should lose this instinctive knowledge. I have known another 

man almost equally ignorant. He also came to me for advice in 

marital duties. Both of these men masturbated, and they were 

normally passionate." Such cases are not so very rare. Usually, 

however, a certain amount of information has been acquired from 

some for the most part unsatisfactory source, and the ignorance 

is only partial, though not on that account less dangerous. 

 

Balzac has compared the average husband to an orang-utan trying 

to play the violin. "Love, as we instinctively feel, is the most 

melodious of harmonies. Woman is a delicious instrument of 

pleasure, but it is necessary to know its quivering strings, 

study the pose of it, its timid keyboard, the changing and 

capricious fingering. How many orangs--men, I mean, marry without 

knowing what a woman is!... Nearly all men marry in the most 

profound ignorance of women and of love" (Balzac, _Physiologie du 

Mariage_, Meditation VII). 

 

Neugebauer (_Monatsschrift fuer Geburtshuelfe_, 1889, Bk. ix, pp. 

221 et seq.) has collected over one hundred and fifty cases of 

injury to women in coitus inflicted by the penis. The causes were 

brutality, drunkenness of one or both parties, unusual position 

in coitus, disproportion of the organs, pathological conditions 

of the woman's organs (Cf. R.W. Taylor, _Practical Treatise on 

Sexual Disorders_, Ch. XXXV). Blumreich also discusses the 

injuries produced by violent coitus (Senator and Kaminer, _Health 

and Disease in Relation to Marriage_, vol. ii, pp. 770-779). C.M. 

Green (_Boston Medical and Surgical Journal_, 13 Ap., 1893) 

records two cases of rupture of vagina by sexual intercourse in 

newly-married ladies, without evidence of any great violence. 

Mylott (_British Medical Journal_, Sept. 16, 1899) records a 

similar case occurring on the wedding night. The amount of force 

sometimes exerted in coitus is evidenced by the cases, occurring 

from time to time, in which intercourse takes place by the 

urethra. 

 

Eulenburg finds (_Sexuale Neuropathie_, p. 69) that vaginismus, a 

condition of spasmodic contraction of the vulva and exaggerated 

sensibility on the attempt to effect coitus, is due to forcible 

and unskilful attempts at the first coitus. Adler (_Die 

Mangelhafte Geschlechtsempfindung des Weibes_, p. 160) also 

believes that the scarred remains of the hymen, together with 

painful memories of a violent first coitus, are the most frequent 


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