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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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to-day to assert, even with the faintest plausibility, that there are some 

25 per cent. of women who may thus be described. 

 

The whole sexual structure of the world is built up on the general fact 

that the intimate contact of the male and female who have chosen each 

other is mutually pleasurable. Below this general fact is the more 

specific fact that in the normal accomplishment of the act of sexual 

consummation the two partners experience the acute gratification of 

simultaneous orgasm. Herein, it has been said, lies the secret of love. It 

is the very basis of love, the condition of the healthy exercise of the 

sexual functions, and, in many cases, it seems probable, the condition 

also of fertilization. 

 

 

Even savages in a very low degree of culture are sometimes 

patient and considerate in evoking and waiting for the signs of 

sexual desire in their females. (I may refer to the significant 

case of the Caroline Islanders, as described by Kubary in his 

ethnographic study of that people and quoted in volume iv of 

these _Studies_, "Sexual Selection in Man," Sect. III.) In 

Catholic days theological influence worked wholesomely in the 

same direction, although the theologians were so keen to detect 

the mortal sin of lust. It is true that the Catholic insistence 

on the desirability of simultaneous orgasm was largely due to the 

mistaken notion that to secure conception it was necessary that 

there should be "insemination" on the part of the wife as well as 

of the husband, but that was not the sole source of the 

theological view. Thus Zacchia discusses whether a man ought to 

continue with his wife until she has the orgasm and feels 

satisfied, and he decides that that is the husband's duty; 

otherwise the wife falls into danger either of experiencing the 

orgasm during sleep, or, more probably, by self-excitation, "for 

many women, when their desires have not been satisfied by coitus, 

place one thigh on the other, pressing and rubbing them together 

until the orgasm occurs, in the belief that if they abstain from 

using the hands they have committed no sin." Some theologians, he 

adds, favor that belief, notably Hurtado de Mendoza and Sanchez, 

and he further quotes the opinion of the latter that women who 

have not been satisfied in coitus are liable to become hysterical 

or melancholic (_Zacchiae Quaestionum Medico-legalium Opus_, lib. 

vii, tit. iii, quaest. VI). In the same spirit some theologians 

seem to have permitted _irrumatio_ (without ejaculation), so long 

as it is only the preliminary to the normal sexual act. 

 

Nowadays physicians have fully confirmed the belief of Sanchez. 

It is well recognized that women in whom, from whatever cause, 

acute sexual excitement occurs with frequency without being 

followed by the due natural relief of orgasm are liable to 

various nervous and congestive symptoms which diminish their 

vital effectiveness, and very possibly lead to a breakdown in 

health. Kisch has described, as a cardiac neurosis of sexual 

origin, a pathological tachycardia which is an exaggeration of 

the physiological quick heart of sexual excitement. J. Inglis 

Parsons (_British Medical Journal_, Oct. 22, 1904, p. 1062) 

refers to the ovarian pain produced by strong unsatisfied sexual 

excitement, often in vigorous unmarried women, and sometimes a 

cause of great distress. An experienced Austrian gynaecologist 

told Hirth (_Wege zur Heimat_, p. 613) that of every hundred 

women who come to him with uterine troubles seventy suffered from 


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