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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

gratification a certain amount of sexual tension appears even in 

infancy, though it is less constant and less abundant. We can now 

understand also why in the discussion of the sources of sexuality we had 

a perfectly good reason for saying that the process in question acts as 

sexual gratification as well as sexual excitement. We note that on our 

way towards the truth we have at first enormously exaggerated the 

distinctions between the infantile and the mature sexual life, and we 

therefore supplement what has been said with a correction. The infantile 

manifestations of sexuality determine not only the deviations from the 

normal sexual life but also the normal formations of the same. 

 

 

 

THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL EXCITEMENT 

 

It remains entirely unexplained whence the sexual tension comes which 

originates simultaneously with the gratification of erogenous zones and 

what is its nature. The obvious supposition that this tension originates 

in some way from the pleasure itself is not only improbable in itself 

but untenable, inasmuch as during the greatest pleasure which is 

connected with the voiding of sexual substance there is no production of 

tension but rather a removal of all tension. Hence, pleasure and sexual 

tension can be only indirectly connected. 

 

*The Role of the Sexual Substance.*--Aside from the fact that only the 

discharge of the sexual substance can normally put an end to the sexual 

excitement, there are other essential facts which bring the sexual 

tension into relation with the sexual products. In a life of continence 

the sexual activity is wont to discharge the sexual substance at night 

during pleasurable dream hallucinations of a sexual act, this discharge 

coming at changing but not at entirely capricious intervals; and the 

following interpretation of this process--the nocturnal pollution--can 

hardly be rejected, viz., that the sexual tension which brings about a 

substitute for the sexual act by the short hallucinatory road is a 

function of the accumulated semen in the reservoirs for the sexual 

products. Experiences with the exhaustibility of the sexual mechanism 

speak for the same thing. Where there is no stock of semen it is not 

only impossible to accomplish the sexual act, but there is also a lack 

of excitability in the erogenous zones, the suitable excitation of which 

can evoke no pleasure. We thus discover incidentally that a certain 

amount of sexual tension is itself necessary for the excitability of the 

erogenous zones. 

 

One would thus be forced to the assumption, which if I am not mistaken 


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