Having thus briefly glanced at the, presumed .criminal status of the principal sexual acts, and before addressing myself to their more serious consideration, as they stand related to law in the abstract, I take the liberty of appending a partial glossary of sexual terms, as they are uniformly employed in medical practice, and by medico-legal writers, hoping to live to see the day when they shall be adopted by the legal profession, and when a certain bill of indictment in the near future will readó"You are charged in this bill of indictment with having, on the first day of January, 1910, committed pederasty on the person of John Doe, etc. How say you, guilty or not guilty?" And that the old "infamous crime against nature," sodomy,onanism, and other meaningless terms, will be forgotten forever as features in legal prosecutions.
Abortion: Foeticide, up to the fourth month of pregnancy. Androgyny: Psychical, and partially physical, sex-transformation. Anesthesia, Sexual: Complete absence of sexual desire. Bestiality: Sexual intercourse with all living animals except man.
Cunnilingus: The apposition of the tongue to the clitoris; stupration by the tongue instead of the penis. Effemination: Psychical sex-transformation, from male to female. Exhibition: Public and indecent exposure of the genitals, Fetichism: Association of lust with certain portions of the body, or dress.
Frottage: Stupration by contact of the genitals with parts, articles and substances, not sexually suggestive. Gynandry: Psychical, and partially physical, sex-transformation, Homosexuality: Love and sexual desire for the same sex only. Hyperesthesia, Sexual: Abnormally increased sexual desire. Incest: Sexual intercourse between relatives, within the degree of kinship prescribed by law. Lesbianism: Sexual intercourse between females. Normal female homosexuality.
Lust-murder: Homicide, whether accidental or designed, occurring in the attempt to commit rape. Masochism: Sexual lust, associated with passive cruelty, or the desire to suffer pain. Masturbation: Stupration by the hand. Necrophilia: Sexual intercourse with a dead body. Negrophilia: Preference of a white man for a black woman, or of a white woman for a black man. Orastupr.nl ion: Stupration by the mouth,
Paradoxia: Sexual desire occurring independently of the period of the physiological processes in the generative organs. Paresthesia: Perversion of the sex-instinct. Premature Birth: Birth before ninth month, and after fourth. Rape: Forcible sexual intercourse of a male with a female, or a female with a male. Sadism: Sexual lust, associated with active cruelty, or the desire to inflict pain.
Violation: Rape, lustful handling, masturbation, or other sexually defiling acts, practised with, or upon, sexually immature persons. Viraginity: Psychical sex-transformation, from female to male.
The above terms are commonly used, not only by physicians, but by the entire list of medico-legalistsóLombroso, Mac Donald, Fern, Garofalo, Cone, Topinard and the rest; and it is only a marvel to me that the legal profession has so long delayed such a revision, and amendment, in its nomenclature; not only urgently needed, but sanctioned by the best and most authoritative usage.