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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

the earth is happily delivered from the demons of torture and 

superstition; if beauty and innocence are no more in danger of being 

dragged to perish at the stake--perhaps there are situations, in female 

life, that require as much patience and magnanimity, as were formerly 

exerted in the fiery torments of the virgin martyr. It is more difficult 

to support an accumulation of _minute_ infelicities, than any single 

calamity of the most terrific magnitude. 

 

 

FEMALE DELICACY. 

 

Where the human race has little other culture than what it receives from 

nature, the two sexes live together, unconscious of almost any restraint 

on their words or on their actions. The Greeks, in the heroic ages, as 

appears from the whole history of their conduct, were totally 

unacquainted with delicacy. The Romans in the infancy of their empire, 

were the same. Tacitus informs us that the ancient Germans had not 

separate beds for the two sexes, but that they lay promiscuously on 

reeds or on heath, spread along the walls of their houses. This custom 

still prevails in Lapland, among the peasants of Norway, Poland, and 

Russia; and it is not altogether obliterated in some parts of the 

highlands of Scotland and Wales. 

 

In Otaheite, to appear naked or in clothes, are circumstances equally 

indifferent to both sexes; nor does any word in their language, nor any 

action to which they are prompted by nature, seem more indelicate or 

reprehensible than another. Such are the effects of a total want of 

culture. 

 

Effects not very dissimilar, are, in France and Italy, produced from a 

redundance of it. Though those are the polite countries in Europe, women 

there set themselves above shame, and despise delicacy. It is laughed 

out of existence, as a silly and unfashionable weakness. 

 

But in China, one of the politest countries in Asia, and perhaps not 

even, in this respect, behind France, or Italy, the case is quite 

otherwise. No human being can be more delicate than a Chinese woman in 

her dress, in her behavior, and in her conversation; and should she ever 

happen to be exposed in any unbecoming manner, she feels with the 

greatest poignancy the awkwardness of her situation, and if possible, 

covers her face, that she may not be known. 

 

In the midst of so many discordant appearances, the mind is perplexed, 

and can hardly fix upon any cause to which female delicacy is to be 

ascribed. If we attend, however, to the whole animal creation, if we 

consider it attentively wherever it falls under our observation, it will 

discover to us, that in the female there is a greater degree of delicacy 


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