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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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that we must not be too shocked even when the idea of _fellatio_ 

spontaneously presents itself to a woman, for that idea has a 

harmless origin in the resemblance between the penis and the 

nipple. Similarly, it may be added, the desire for 

_cunnilinctus_, which seems to be much more often latently 

present in women than is the desire for its performance in men, 

has a natural analogy in the pleasure of suckling, a pleasure 

which is itself indeed often erotically tinged (see vol. iv of 

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

 

Every variation in this matter, remarks Remy de Gourmont 

(_Physique de l'Amour_, p. 264) partakes of the sin of luxury, 

and some of the theologians have indeed considered any position 

in coitus but that which is usually called normal in Europe as a 

mortal sin. Other theologians, however, regarded such variations 

as only venial sins, provided ejaculation took place in the 

vagina, just as some theologians would permit _irrumatio_ as a 

preliminary to coitus, provided there was no ejaculation. Aquinas 

took a serious view of the deviations from normal intercourse; 

Sanchez was more indulgent, especially in view of his doctrine, 

derived from the Greek and Arabic natural philosophers, that the 

womb can attract the sperm, so that the natural end may be 

attained even in unusual positions. 

 

Whatever difference of opinion there may have been among ancient 

theologians, it is well recognized by modern physicians that 

variations from the ordinary method of coitus are desirable in 

special cases. Thus Kisch points out (_Sterilitaet des Weibes_, p. 

107) that in some cases it is only possible for the woman to 

experience sexual excitement when coitus takes place in the 

lateral position, or in the _a posteriori_ position, or when the 

usual position is reversed; and in his _Sexual Life of Woman_, 

also, Kisch recommends several variations of position for coitus. 

Adler points out (op. cit., pp. 151, 186) the value of the same 

positions in some cases, and remarks that such variations often 

call forth latent sexual feelings as by a charm. Such cases are 

indeed, by no means infrequent, the advantage of the unusual 

position being due either to physical or psychic causes, and the 

discovery of the right variation is sometimes found in a merely 

playful attempt. It has occasionally happened, also, that when 

intercourse has habitually taken place in an abnormal position, 

no satisfaction is experienced by the woman until the normal 

position is adopted. The only fairly common variation of coitus 

which meets with unqualified disapproval is that in the erect 

posture. (See e.g., Hammond, op. cit. pp. 257 et seq.) 

 

Lucretius specially recommended the quadrupedal variation of 

coitus (Bk. iv, 1258), and Ovid describes (end of Bk. iii of the 

_Ars Amatoria_) what he regards as agreeable variations, giving 

the preference, as the easiest and simplest method, to that in 

which the woman lies half supine on her side. Perhaps, however, 

the variation which is nearest to the normal attitude and which 

has most often and most completely commended itself is that 

apparently known to Arabic erotic writers as _dok el arz_, in 

which the man is seated and his partner is astride his thighs, 

embracing his body with her legs and his neck with her arms, 

while he embraces her waist; this is stated in the Arabic 

_Perfumed Garden_ to be the method preferred by most women. 


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