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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

punishment nor crime is taken notice of in the men. This crime, however, 

we persuade ourselves, you are less guilty of, than is commonly 

believed: but there is another of a nature not more excusable, from 

which we cannot so much exculpate you; which is, that harsh and 

forbidding appearance you put on, and that ill treatment, which you no 

doubt think necessary, for the illustration of your own virtue, you 

should bestow on every one of your sex who has deviated from the path of 

rectitude. A behaviour of this nature, besides being so opposite to that 

meek and gentle spirit which should distinguish female nature, is in 

every respect contrary to the charitable and forgiving temper of the 

Christian religion, and infallibly shuts the door of repentance against 

an unfortunate sister, willing, perhaps, to abandon the vices into which 

heedless inadvertency had plunged her, and from which none of you can 

promise yourselves an absolute security. 

 

We wish not, fair countrywomen, like the declaimer and satirist, to 

paint you all vice and imperfection, nor, like the venal panegyrist, to 

exhibit you all virtue. As impartial historians, we confess that you 

have, in the present age, many virtues and good qualities, which were 

either nearly or altogether unknown to your ancestors; but do you not 

exceed them in some follies and vices also? Is not the levity, 

dissipation, and extravagance of the women of this century arrived to a 

pitch unknown and unheard of in former times? Is not the course which 

you steer in life, almost entirely directed by vanity and fashion? And 

are there not too many of you who, throwing aside reason and good 

conduct, and despising the counsel of your friends and relations, seem 

determined to follow the mode of the world, however it may be mixed with 

vice? Do not the generality of you dress, and appear above your station, 

and are not many of you ashamed to be seen performing the duties of it? 

To sum up all, do not too, too many of you act as if you thought the 

care of a family, and the other domestic virtues, beneath your 

attention, and that the sole end for which you were sent into the world, 

was to please and divert yourselves, at the expense of those poor 

wretches the men, whom you consider as obliged to support you in every 

kind of idleness and extravagance? While such is your conduct, and while 

the contagion is every day increasing, you are not to be surprised if 

the men, still fond of you as playthings in the hours of mirth and 

revelry, ever shun serious connection with you; and while they wish to 


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