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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

child's body there is one which certainly does not play the main role, 

and which cannot be the carrier of earliest sexual feeling--which, 

however, is destined for great things in later life. In both male and 

female it is connected with the voiding of urine (penis, clitoris), and 

in the former it is enclosed in a sack of mucous membrane, probably in 

order not to miss the irritations caused by the secretions which may 

arouse the sexual excitement at an early age. The sexual activities of 

this erogenous zone, which belongs to the real genitals, are the 

beginning of the later normal sexual life. 

 

Owing to the anatomical position, the overflowing of secretions, the 

washing and rubbing of the body, and to certain accidental excitements 

(the wandering of intestinal worms in the girl), it happens that the 

pleasurable feeling which these parts of the body are capable of 

producing makes itself noticeable to the child even during the sucking 

age, and thus awakens desire for its repetition. When we review all the 

actual arrangements, and bear in mind that the measures for cleanliness 

have the same effect as the uncleanliness itself, we can then scarcely 

mistake nature's intention, which is to establish the future primacy of 

these erogenous zones for the sexual activity through the infantile 

onanism from which hardly an individual escapes. The action of removing 

the stimulus and setting free the gratification consists in a rubbing 

contiguity with the hand or in a certain previously-formed pressure 

reflex effected by the closure of the thighs. The latter procedure seems 

to be the more primitive and is by far the more common in girls. The 

preference for the hand in boys already indicates what an important part 

of the male sexual activity will be accomplished in the future by the 

impulse to mastery (Bemaechtigungstrieb).[15] It can only help towards 

clearness if I state that the infantile masturbation should be divided 

into three phases. The first phase belongs to the nursing period, the 

second to the short flourishing period of sexual activity at about the 

fourth year, only the third corresponds to the one which is often 

considered exclusively as onanism of puberty. 

 

The infantile onanism seems to disappear after a brief time, but it may 

continue uninterruptedly till puberty and thus represent the first 

marked deviation from the development desirable for civilized man. At 

some time during childhood after the nursing period, the sexual impulse 

of the genitals reawakens and continues active for some time until it is 


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