Bi-sexual Man: Or, Evolution of the Sexes

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M. A. Donohue, 1912 - Androgyny (Psychology) - 83 pages
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Page 44 - It has long been known that in the vertebrate kingdom one sex bears rudiments of various accessory parts, appertaining to the reproductive system, which properly belong to the opposite sex; and it has now been ascertained that at a very early embryonic period both sexes possess true male and female glands.
Page 40 - In order to understand the existence of rudimentary organs, we have only to suppose that a former progenitor possessed the parts in question in a perfect state, and that under changed habits of life they became greatly reduced, either from simple disuse, or through the natural selection of those individuals which were least encumbered with a superfluous part, aided by the other means previously indicated.
Page 52 - In every living creature we may feel assured that a host of long-lost characters lie ready to be evolved under proper conditions.
Page 42 - ... separate parts having been specially created, how utterly inexplicable is it that organs bearing the plain stamp of inutility, such as the teeth in the embryonic calf or the shrivelled wings under the soldered wing-covers of many beetles, should so frequently occur. Nature may be said to have taken pains to reveal her scheme of modification, by means of rudimentary organs, of embryological and homologous structures, but we are too blind to understand her meaning.
Page 44 - This relation has a clear meaning on my view : I look at all the species of the same genus as having as certainly descended from a common progenitor, as have the two sexes of any one species. Consequently, whatever part of the structure of the common progenitor, or of its early descendants, became...
Page 54 - Could'st them in vision see Thyself the man God meant, Thou never more would'st be The man thou art, content.
Page vi - He who conceals a useful truth, is equally guilty with the propagator of an injurious falsehood.
Page 27 - Bruce" noted it in Abyssinia, Mungo Park in the Mandingos and Ibbos, etc. "Sonniru" stated it was a common custom among the females, all ancient Egyptian and Jewish tribes, while Dehouset records the fact that the ancient Egyptians not only removed a great part of the body of the clitoris with the prepuce but adjacent portions of the nymphae as well, as though to root out all vestiges of maleness because it interfered with intercourse —all testify that operations on both sexes was an art, "Excision"...
Page 25 - ... are identical in both sexes; the uterus masculinus found in males is identical with the womb or vagina of the female, resultant from arrested development, and is frequently referred to as a defective uterus. In ancient periods, removal of these so-called defective parts was common, indicating that maleness or femaleness was increased thereby.
Page 40 - ... more useful than--parts or organs that are functional, in tracing genealogical descendants. They may be compared to letters in a word, still retained in the spelling but useless in the pronunciation, nevertheless serving as a link or clue for identification, derivation, or origin.

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