Nymphomania: Collect Them All!

How many times have you heard or read the term nymphomaniac? Ever known it to be applied to a man? It’s surprising that many people seem to think this is an actual disease. Yes, there’s such a thing as sexual addiction. Nymphomania, applying only as it does to women and furthering the idea that sexual desire in a woman is unnatural, is a total slur. Sure, not too long ago it was definitely considered a disease, but I hardly think that the so-called symptoms can be considered anything but crap. Let’s take a look at the fun things that were written about nymphomania. It’s a hoot!

From Searchlights on Health, The Science of Eugenics by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols, 1920.

The indulgence of illicit pleasures, says Dr. S. Pancoast, sooner or later is sure to entail the most loathsome diseases on their votaries. Among these diseases are Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Spermatorrhoea (waste of semen by daily and nightly involuntary emissions), Satyriasis (a species of sexual madness, or a sexual diabolism, causing men to commit rape and other beastly acts and outrages, not only on women and children, but men and animals, as sodomy, pederasty, etc.), Nymphomania (causing women to assail every man they meet, and supplicate and excite him to gratify their lustful passions, or who resort to means of sexual pollutions, which is impossible to describe without shuddering), together with spinal diseases and many disorders of the most distressing and disgusting character filling the bones with rottenness, and eating away the flesh by gangrenous ulcers, until the patient dies, a horrible mass of putridity and corruption.

Isn’t that sweet? Men and women both where included in this warning to newly married couples against illicit pleasures. I wonder what those were considered back then. Sex with the torches lit? What a horrifying specter hangs over the head of a man should he stray from the straight and narrow: the waste of semen, insanity that forces him to plunge his penis into anything with a hole, and so much more! Women, of course, become nymphomaniacs whose acts are too shuddersome to describe. Fortunately, these evildoers contracted diseases that transformed them into puddles of stinky, rotten sludge.

Women’s fashion was supposed to contribute to this hysterical disease, too.

From Plain Facts for Old and Young, by John Harvey Kellogg, published in 1881.

Fashion and Vice.—Let us glance at the second manner in which dress lends its influence to vice, by obstructing the normal functions of the body. 1. Fashion requires a woman to compress her waist with bands or corsets. In consequence, the circulation of the blood toward the heart is obstructed. The venous blood is crowded back into the delicate organs of generation. Congestion ensues, and with it, through reflex action, the unnatural excitement of the animal propensities. 2. The manner of wearing the clothing, suspending several heavy garments from the hips, increases the same difficulty by bringing too large a share of clothing where it is least needed, thus generating unnatural local heat. 3. The custom of clothing the feet and limbs so thinly that they are exposed to constant chilling, by still further unbalancing the circulation, adds another element to increase the local mischief.

All of these causes combined, operating almost constantly, with others that might be mentioned, produce permanent local congestions, with ovarian and uterine derangements. The latter affections have long been recognized as the chief pathological condition in hysteria, and especially in that peculiar form of disease known as nymphomania, under the excitement of which a young woman, naturally chaste and modest, may be impelled to the commission of the most wanton acts. The pernicious influence of fashionable dress in occasioning this disorder cannot be doubted.

The above is just absolutely ridiculous. Naturally chaste and modest. Yuck. Tight clothes make women horny. Horny is bad, therefore we must not let women wear tight clothes. That’ll fix ’em. Here’s some more from the same source (the comments are mine, of course):

Various diseases which cause local irritation and congestion of the reproductive organs are the causes of unchastity in both sexes, as previously explained. It not unfrequently happens that by constantly dwelling upon unchaste subjects [sex and stuff] until a condition of habitual congestion of the sexual organs [arousal] is produced, young women become seized with a furor for libidinous commerce [a good lay] which nothing but the desired object [cock, pussy, cucumber, whatever] will appease, unless active remedial measures are adopted under the direction of a skillful physician [unless a doctor gets her off by masturbation or something similar]. This disease, known as nymphomania, has been the occasion of the fall of many young women of the better classes who have been bred in luxury and idleness, but were never taught even the first lessons of purity or self-control [touching private parts is a big no-no]. Constipation, piles, worms, pruritis of the genitals, and some other less common diseases of the urinary and genital systems, have been causes of sexual excitement which has resulted in moral degradation.

In light of this foolishness, I submit that nymphomania should revert to its true meaning: the collection of cutesy little porcelain dolls dressed in a variety of foliage. I just had to share this picture from 1940 (Photoplay). I really really really want a pair of nymphs for my very own.

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