Havelock Ellis

by Jason Stotts

I recently started reading Havelock Ellis’s Studies in the Psychology of Sex (if you don’t know who he is, he’s very important for sexual theory; see the wikipedia article linked). So far, I’m greatly enjoying them and I’ve only just begun!  In fact, I think I may love Ellis. Here’s some of my favorite quotes so far:

  • A resolve slowly grew up within me: one main part of my life-work should be to make clear the problems of sex.
  • As a youth, I had hoped to settle problems for those who came after; now I am quietly content if I do little more than state them. For even that, I now think, is much; it is at least the half of knowledge. In this particular field the evil of ignorance is magnified by our efforts to suppress that which never can be suppressed, though in the effort of suppression it may become perverted.
  • Let my friends try to transfer their feelings and theories from the reproductive region to, let us say, the nutritive region, the only other which can be compared to it for importance. Suppose that eating and drinking was never spoken of openly, save in veiled or poetic language, and that no one ever ate food publicly, because it was considered immoral and immodest to reveal the mysteries of this natural function. We know what would occur.

Amazon has all of Ellis’s Studies in the Kindle edition for free right now, so hurry up and get them!

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1: The Evolution of Modesty; The Phenomena of Sexual Periodicity; Auto-Erotism

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2: Sexual Inversion

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3: Analysis of the Sexual Impulse; Love and Pain; The Sexual Impulse in Women

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4: Sexual Selection In Man

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5: Erotic Symbolism; The Mechanism of Detumescence; The Psychic State in Pregnancy

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6: Sex in Relation to Society

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