And now, having given these cautionary directions, the way is clearfor the making of definite statements and the giving of positiveinstruction.
Here, then, is a brief description of the sex organs in man and woman.At first, only the names of the parts will be given, with such slightcomments and explanations as are necessary for making this part of thesubject clear. A detailed setting forth of the functions and properexercise of these organs will be given later.
The sex organs in a male human being consists, broadly speaking, ofthe penis and the testicles. All these are located at the base of theabdomen, between the thighs and on the forward part of the body. Thepenis is a fleshy, muscular organ, filled with most sensitive nerves,and blood vessels that are capable of extension to a much greaterdegree than any of their similars in other parts of the body. In aquiescent, or unexcited condition, in the average man, this organ isfrom three to four inches long and about an inch or more in diameter.It hangs limp and pendent in this state, retired and in evidence notat all. In its excited, or tumescent condition (the word tumescentmeans swelled, and is the technical word for describing the erectcondition of the penis) it becomes enlarged and rigid, its size inthis state being, on an average, six or seven inches long, and froman inch-and-a-half to two inches in diameter. It is almost perfectlycylindrical, slightly thicker at the base than at its forward part.
The testicles are two kidney shaped glands, not far from the size ofa large hickory nut, and are contained in a sort of sack, or pocket,called the scrotum, which is made for their comfortable and safecarrying. The scrotum hangs directly between the thighs, at the baseof the penis, and in it are the testicles, suspended by vital cordsthat are suspended from the body above. The left testicle hangs alittle higher in the sack than the right, so that, in case the thighsare crowded together, one testicle will slip over the other, and sothe danger of crushing them will be avoided. This is one of the manyways which the Maker of the human body has devised to insure theproper preservation of the vital organs from harm, a fact whichshould inspire all human beings with profound reverence for this mostwonderful of all life forms, the beautiful human body, the "temple ofthe Holy Spirit."
The part of the body upon which the sex organs, male and female, arelocated is known as the pubic region. It is covered with hair, which,in both sexes, extends well up the lower belly. This is known as pubichair, and in general corresponds in quality and quantity to the hairupon the individual head, being coarse or fine, soft or bristly, tomatch, the head covering, in each case. This hair is usually more orless curly, and forms a covering an inch or more in depth over thewhole pubic region, extending back between the thighs slightly beyondthe rectum. In occasional cases this hair is straight and silky, andsometimes grows to great length, instances being known, in some women,where it has extended to the knees. A well-grown and abundant supplyof fine pubic hair is a possession highly prized by women, of whichthey are justly proud, though few of them would acknowledge the fact,even to themselves. None the less it is a fact.
The female sex organs, speaking generally also, are as follows: Thevulva, or outward portion of the parts; the vaginal passage; theuterus, or womb, and the ovaries. All but the first named lie withinthe body of the woman. The vulva is made up of several parts whichwill be named and described later. The vaginal passage is a tube, orcanal leading from the vulva to the womb. In length and diameter itcorresponds almost exactly with that of the penis, being six or seveninches in depth, and capable of a lateral extension which willreadily admit the entrance of the male organ when the two are broughttogether. The vaginal passage opens into, and terminates in theuterine, or womb cavity.
The womb is a pear shaped sack which is suspended in the womb cavityby cords and muscles from above. It hangs, neck downwards, and is, inits unimpregnated condition, about two and a half inches in diameterat its upper, or widest part, tapering to a thin neck at its lowerend. It is hard and muscular in its quiescent state, filled withdelicate and most sensitive nerves and capacious blood vessels. At itslower, or neck end, it opens directly into the vaginal passage.
The ovaries are two in number, and are situated on each side of, andabove the womb, in the region of the upper groins. They are small, fanshaped glands, and are connected with the uterus by small ducts whichare known as the fallopian tubes.
As already stated, the exterior parts of the body, in which the female sex organs are located, are covered with hair for their adornment andprotection.
Such in brief, are the male and female sex organs in human beings. Afurther description of them and their functions and proper use we arenow ready to consider.