Modesty, to do is good, to say is bad

Modesty of speech has a deep and primitive basis, although in modern Europe it only became conspicuous at the beginning of the eighteenth century. “All over the world,” as Dufour put it, “to do is good, to say is bad.” Reticences of speech are not adequately accounted for by the statement that modesty tends to […]

Modesty is itself a temptation

The great artistic elaboration often displayed by articles of ornament or clothing, even when very small, and the fact—as shown by Karl von den Steinen regarding the Brazilian uluri—that they may serve as common motives in general decoration, sufficiently prove that such objects attract rather than avoid attention. And while there is an invincible repugnance among […]

On the playful defence of the comedy of courtship

On the double object of concealing and attracting “…modesty is in its origin independent of clothing, physiological modesty takes precedence of anatomical modesty, and that the primary factors of modesty were certainly developed long before the discovery of either ornament or garments… ..The impulse which leads the female animal, as it leads some African women […]

Sexual shyness, not only in woman but in man

“…At an early stage of culture, again, menstruation is regarded as a process of purification, a dangerous expulsion of vitiated humours. Hence the term katharsis applied to it by the Greeks. Hence also the medieval view of women: “Mulier speciosa templum ædificatum super cloacam,” said Boethius. The sacro-pubic region in women, because it includes the […]

Primitive stage of sexual parts

…Nearly everywhere all over the world at a primitive stage of thought, and even to some extent in the highest civilisation, the sight of the sexual organs or of the sexual act, the image or even the names of the sexual parts of either man or woman, are believed to have a curiously potent influence, […]

Shaving Pubic Hair, a Pathological Fashion

In the present lecture we shall discuss experiments and observation upon the pathological fashion of shaving pubic hair. The inquiry is one of particular interest, on account of the special attention devoted to our teachers’ fundamental problem: for too many years they wasted their appetite licking stinging pussies, and feeling their big and voracious dicks […]

“Modesty, an expression of feminine erotic impulse”

It is the spontaneous and natural instinct of the lover to desire modesty in his mistress, and by no means any calculated opinion on his part that modesty is the sign of sexual emotion. It remains true, however, that modesty is an expression of feminine erotic impulse. We have here one of the instances, of […]

Modesty around the anus

On the sacro-pubic region, sexual centre and excretory centre It is, of course, impossible to argue that the fact of the sacro-pubic region of the body being the chief focus of concealment proves the importance of this factor of modesty. But it may fairly be argued that it owes this position not merely to being […]

The association of modesty and fear

That modesty—like all the closely-allied emotions—is based on fear, one of the most primitive of the emotions, seems to be fairly evident. The association of modesty and fear is even a very ancient observation, and is found in the fragments of Epicharmus, while according to one of the most recent definitions, “modesty is the timidity […]

Parisian women do not wear drawers

At St. Petersburg, in 1774, Sir Nicholas Wraxall observed “the promiscuous bathing of not less than two hundred persons, of both sexes. There are several of these public bagnios,” he adds, “in Petersburg, and every one pays a few copecks for admittance. There are, indeed, separate spaces for the men and women, but they seem […]

Ladies in a state of Nature, stark naked

“Ladies in a state of Nature; that is, in plain English, stark naked” James, Bishop of Nisibis, in the fourth century, was a man of great holiness. We are told by Thedoret that once, when James had newly come into Persia, it was vouchsafed to him to perform a miracle under the following circumstances: He […]

Modesty Washed Away in the Bath

In Rome, “when there was at first much less freedom in this matter than in Greece, the bath became common to both sexes, and though each had its basin and hot room apart, they could see each other, meet, speak, form intrigues, arrange meetings, and multiply adulteries. At first, the baths were so dark that […]

Women Exercising Naked

“It is very difficult to investigate the hairiness of Ainu women,” Baelz remarks, “for they possess a really incredible degree of modesty. Even when in summer they bathe—which happens but seldom—they keep their clothes on.” He records that he was once asked to examine a girl at the Mission School, in order to advise as […]

Modesty is a Question of Convention

  In the Gold Coast and surrounding countries complete nudity is extremely rare, except when circumstances make it desirable; on occasion clothing is abandoned with unconcern. “I have on several occasions,” says Dr. Freeman, “seen women at Accra walk from the beach, where they have been bathing, across the road to their houses, where they […]

Modesty of the Women of the African Tribes

The sense of modesty of the women of the African tribes Describing the loin-cloth worn by Nicobarese men, Man says: “From the clumsy mode in which this garment is worn by the Shom Pen—necessitating frequent readjustment of the folds—one is led to infer that its use is not de rigueur, but reserved for special occasions, […]

The principle of chastity

“The principle of chastity,” said Forster, of his experiences in the South Sea Islands in their unspoilt state, “we found in many families exceedingly well understood. I have seen many fine women who, with a modesty mixed with politeness, refuse the greatest and most tempting offers made them by our forward youths; often they excuse […]

Irradiations of the Sexual Act

“It is certain that very much of what is best in religion, art, and life,” remark Stanley Hall and Allin, “owes its charm to the progressively-widening irradiation of sexual feeling. Perhaps the reluctance of the female first long-circuited the exquisite sensations connected with sexual organs and acts to the antics of animal and human courtship, […]