Indeed, prostitutes, as a rule, have a horror and dread of the man with a big and long penis, and prefer by far the less ostentatiously decorated individual, whose member reaches the clitoris equally well, producing the same pleasure without the attending pain, and, best of all, for their purposes at least, producing the same revenue.1 This statement, I know, takes a spoke out of the wheel of the fellow who prides himself on the weight and caliber of his artillery, and puts a premium rather upon small and active "quick firers;" but I think it is borne out by the facts; and, indeed, outside of those cases where the normal development of the penis has been arrested by masturbation in boyhood, or other causes, I have found little difference in the relative sizes of the various adult organs in a state of erection, in the same sized men. Through differences in vascularity, one penis will become flaccid, and nearly" invisible," by loss of blood, during the intervals of erections; while another, always retaining a great quantity of the vital fluid, will seem both larger and longer; but, when the parts are fully engorged, and the muscles distended under sexual excitement, there will be found, I think, less diversity as to size in the penises than in the bodies of different men.
1 Dupouy tells us that the first temple of Venus was built from the revenue derived from the licensing of prostitution in Rome. But;rlius Barrus, and other professed libertines having debauched three of the vestals, .Emilia, Licinia, and Marcia, and the contagion of sexual vice becoming so flagrant and widespread, it was determined to resort to legislation for its suppression. The tax on courtesans was increased, and from this source, chiefly, a temple was built and dedicated to Venus, under the surname Vertieordia, signifying that the goddess was invoked to (urn men's hearts from lust to purity.
Venus, under the surname Etaira, was regarded as the especial patroness of prostitutes (hetairae). In Athens and Corinth these were the legal, sometimes taxed, courtesans, of whom the most noted names are Aspasia, Phryne, and Lais. Hospitality with the last, whose headquarters were at Corinth, was fixed at such fabulous prices that it leave rise to the old saying—non licet omnibus adire Corinthum—"not everyone can afford a good time at Corinth." In addition to the hetairtB at Athena were the dicter-ioda, a sort of non-professional prostitutes who were sometimes called on—as, I have been told, some of our shop and factory-girls are here—to help out at certain seasons of unusual activity in those lines. From the lines—"the girls whom Eridon nourishes in its sacred waves"—it is probable that the dicterions were recruited from countries bordering on the Po; and Eubulus gives some advice to the young Athenians which could be very well applied by youths of our own large cities, to go to the diclerions.