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 […]

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 […]

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 […]