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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
FOOTNOTES
INDEX OF AUTHORS

 

The theologians seem to have been less unfavorably disposed to 

the position normal among quadrupeds, _a posteriori_, though the 

old Penitentials were inclined to treat it severely, the 

Penitential of Angers prescribing forty days penance, and 

Egbert's three years, if practiced habitually. (It is discussed 

by J. Petermann, "Venus Aversa," _Sexual-Probleme_, Feb., 1909). 

There are good reasons why in many cases this position should be 

desirable, more especially from the point of view of women, who 

indeed not infrequently prefer it. It must be always remembered, 

as has already been pointed out, that in the progress from 

anthropoid to man it is the female, not the male, whose method of 

coitus has been revolutionized. While, however, the obverse human 

position represents a psychic advance, there has never been a 

complete physical readjustment of the female organs to the 

obverse method. More especially, in Adler's opinion (op. cit., 

pp. 117-119), the position of the clitoris is such that, as a 

rule, it is more easily excited by coitus from behind than from 

in front. A more recent writer, Klotz, in his book, _Der Mensch 

ein Vierfuessler_ (1908), even takes the too extreme position that 

the quadrupedal method of coitus, being the only method that 

insures due contact with the clitoris, is the natural human 

method. It must, however, be admitted that the posterior mode of 

coitus is not only a widespread, but a very important variation, 

in either of its two most important forms: the Pompeiian method, 

in which the woman bends forwards and the man approaches behind, 

or the method described by Boccaccio, in which the man is supine 

and the woman astride. 

 

_Fellatio_ and _cunnilinctus_, while they are not strictly 

methods of coitus, in so far as they do not involve the 

penetration of the penis into the vagina, are very widespread as 

preliminaries, or as vicarious forms of coitus, alike among 

civilized and uncivilized peoples. Thus, in India, I am told that 

_fellatio_ is almost universal in households, and regarded as a 

natural duty towards the paterfamilias. As regards _cunnilinctus_ 

Max Dessoir has stated (_Allgemeine Zeitschrift fuer Psychiatrie_, 

1894, Heft 5) that the superior Berlin prostitutes say that about 

a quarter of their clients desire to exercise this, and that in 

France and Italy the proportion is higher; the number of women 

who find _cunnilinctus_ agreeable is without doubt much greater. 

Intercourse _per anum_ must also be regarded as a vicarious form 

of coitus. It appears to be not uncommon, especially among the 

lower social classes, and while most often due to the wish to 

avoid conception, it is also sometimes practiced as a sexual 

aberration, at the wish either of the man or the woman, the anus 

being to some extent an erogenous zone. 

 

The ethnic variations in method of coitus were briefly discussed 

in volume v of these _Studies_, "The Mechanism of Detumescence," 

Section II. In all civilized countries, from the earliest times, 

writers on the erotic art have formally and systematically set 

forth the different positions for coitus. The earliest writing of 

this kind now extant seems to be an Egyptian papyrus preserved at 

Turin of the date B.C. 1300; in this, fourteen different 

positions are represented. The Indians, according to Iwan Bloch, 

recognize altogether forty-eight different positions; the _Ananga 

Ranga_ describes thirty-two main forms. The Mohammedan _Perfumed 


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