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Excerpt: Summary of the Factors of Modesty -- The Future of Modesty
-- Modesty an Essential Element of Love. We have seen that the
factors of modesty are numerous. To attempt to explain modesty by
dismissing it as merely an example of psychic paralysis, of
Stauung, is to elude the problem by the statement of what is little
more than a truism. Modesty is a complexus of emotions with their
concomitant ideas which we must unravel to comprehend. We have
found among the factors of modesty: (1) the primitive animal
gesture of sexual refusal on the part of the female, when she is
not at that moment of her generative life at which she desires the
male's advances; (2) the fear of arousing disgust, a fear primarily
due to the close proximity of the sexual centre to the points of
exit of those excretions which are useless and unpleasant, even in
many cases to animals; (3) the fear of the magic influence of
sexual phenomena, and the ceremonial and ritual practices primarily
based on this fear, and ultimately passing into simple rules of
decorum which are signs and guardians of modesty; (4) the
development of ornament and clothing, concomitantly fostering alike
the modesty which represses male sexual desire and the coquetry
which seeks to allure it; (5) the conception of women as property,
imparting a new and powerful sanction to an emotion already based
on more natural and primitive facts. It must always be remembered
that these factors do not usually occur separately. Very often they
are all of them implied in a single impulse of modesty. We unravel
the cord in order to investig...
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