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Friday, October 24, 2008

Obelisks of Erotic Gratification

I recently acquired a pile of Sexology: The Door to Sex Enlightenment, a digest started by Hugo Gernsback (of Amazing Stories fame). The magazine ran from the 1930s well into the 70s and features some fantastically batty sexual advice and history.

This diagram illustrating the "differing amounts of gratification offered by the auto-erotic act and the normal marital act" is one of my favorites.

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You can easily see--through the dramatic difference in "the height and girth of the obelisk[s]"--that the "gratification derived from the auto-erotic act is only about 60% as much as that of the normal marital act". But hey, I'm an obelisk half-full kind of guy.

2 comments:

Elf Sternberg said...

Oh, my goodness. I have a few of those in my old books collection. They're a hoot. The most disturbing is an article from the Agriculture Department at the time on the use of electrostimulation to assist artificial insemination in farm animals.

Eric said...

What!?! Has anyone shown this to Jocelyn Elders?!?