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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

is immediately prepared to recognize it, and soon becomes envious of the 

penis; this envy reaches its highest point in the consequentially 

important wish that she also should be a boy. 

 

*Birth Theories.*--Many people can remember distinctly how intensely 

they interested themselves, in the prepubescent period, in the question 

where children came from. The anatomical solutions at that time read 

very differently; the children come out of the breast or are cut out of 

the body, or the navel opens itself to let them out. Outside of analysis 

one only seldom remembers the investigation corresponding to the early 

childhood years; it had long merged into repression but its results were 

thoroughly uniform. One gets children by eating something special (as in 

the fairy tale) and they are born through the bowel like a passage. 

These infantile theories recall the structures in the animal kingdom, 

especially do they recall the cloaca of the types which stand lower than 

the mammals. 

 

*Sadistic Conception of the Sexual Act.*--If children of so delicate an 

age become spectators of the sexual act between grown-ups, for which an 

occasion is furnished by the conviction of the grown-ups that little 

children cannot understand anything sexual, they cannot help conceiving 

the sexual act as a kind of maltreating or overpowering, that is, it 

impresses them in a sadistic sense. Psychoanalysis also teaches us that 

such an early childhood impression contributes much to the disposition 

for a later sadistic displacement of the sexual aim. Besides this 

children also occupy themselves with the problem of what the sexual act 

consists in or, as they grasp it, of what marriage consists, and seek 

the solution of the mystery mostly in an association to which the 

functions of urination and defecation give occasion. 

 

*The Typical Failure of the Infantile Sexual Investigation.*--It can be 

stated in general about the infantile sexual theories that they are 

reproductions of the child's own sexual constitution, and that despite 

their grotesque mistakes they evince more understanding of the sexual 

processes than is credited to their creators. Children also perceive the 

pregnancy of the mother and know how to interpret it correctly; the 

stork fable is very often related before auditors who confront it with a 

deep, but mostly mute suspicion. But as two elements remain unknown to 

the infantile sexual investigation, namely, the role of the propagating 

semen and the female genital opening--precisely the same points in which 


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