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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

tolerable satisfaction or spirit, but very strong and almost 

unconquerable attachments. To produce these, is it not fit they should 

be peculiarly sensible to the attention and regards of the men? Upon the 

same ground, does it not seem agreeable to the purposes of Providence, 

that the securing of this attention, and these regards, should be a 

principal aim? But can such an aim be pursued without frequent 

competition? And will not that too readily occasion jealousy, envy, and 

all the unamiable effects of mutual _rivalship_? Without the restraints 

of superior worth and sentiment, it certainly will. But can these be 

ordinarily expected from the prevailing turn of female education; or 

from the little pains that women, as well as other human beings, 

commonly take to _control_ themselves, and to act nobly? In this _last_ 

respect, the sexes appear pretty much on the same footing. 

 

This reasoning is not meant to justify the indulgence of those little 

and sometimes base passions towards one another, with which females 

have been so generally charged. It is only intended to represent such 

passions in the first approach; and, while not entertained, as less 

criminal than the men are apt to state them; and to prove that, in their 

attachments to each other, the latter have not always that merit above 

the women, which they are apt to claim. In the mean time, let it be the 

business of the ladies, by emulating the gentlemen, where they appear 

good-natured and disinterested, to disprove their imputation, and to 

show a temper open to _friendship_ as well as to _love_. 

 

To talk much of the latter is natural for both; to talk much of the 

former, is considered by the men as one way of doing themselves honor. 

Friendship, they well know, is that dignified form, which, in 

speculation at least every heart must respect. 

 

But in friendship, as in religion, which on many accounts it resembles, 

speculation is often substituted in the place of practice. People fancy 

themselves possessed of the thing, and hope that others will fancy so 

too, because they are fond of the name, and have learned to talk about 

it with plausibility. Such talk indeed imposes, till experience give it 

the lie. 

 

To say the truth, there seems in either sex but little of what a fond 

imagination, unacquainted with the falsehood of the world, and 

warmed by affections which its selfishness has not yet chilled, would 

reckon friendship. In theory, the standard is raised too high; we ought 

not, however, to wish it much lower. The honest sensibilities of 


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