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of urination--has been recorded by Moraglia in a woman. It is the
case of a beautiful and attractive young woman of 18, with thick
black hair, and expressive vivacious eyes, but sallow complexion.
Married a year previously, but childless, she experienced a
certain amount of pleasure in coitus, but she preferred
masturbation, and frankly acknowledged that she was highly
excited by the odor of fermented urine. So strong was this
fetichism that when, for instance, she passed a street urinal she
was often obliged to go aside and masturbate; once she went for
this purpose into the urinal itself and was almost discovered in
the act, and on another occasion into a church. Her perversion
caused her much worry because of the fear of detection. She
preferred, when she could, to obtain a bottle of urine--which
must be stale and a man's (this, she said, she could detect by
the smell)--and to shut herself up in her own room, holding the
bottle in one hand and repeatedly masturbating with the other.
(Moraglia, "Psicopatie Sessuali," _Archivio di Psichiatria_, vol.
xiii, fasc. 6, p. 267, 1892.) This case is of especial interest
because of the great rarity of fully developed fetichism in
women. In a slight and germinal degree I believe that cases of
fetichism are not uncommon in women, but they are certainly rare
in a well-marked form, and Krafft-Ebing declared, even in the
late editions of his _Psychopathia Sexualis_, that he knew of no
cases in women.
So far we have been concerned with the urolagnic rather than the
coprolagnic variety of scatalogical symbolism. Although the two are
sometimes associated there is no necessary connection, and most usually
there is no tendency for the one to involve the other. Urolagnia is
certainly much the more frequently found; the act of urination is far more
apt to suggest erotically symbolical ideas than the idea of defecation.
It is not difficult to understand why this should be so. The act of
urination lends itself more easily to sexual symbolism; it is more
intimately associated with the genital function; its repetition is
necessary at more frequent intervals so that it is more in evidence;
moreover, its product, unlike that of the act of defecation, is not
offensive to the senses. Still coprolagnia occurs and not so very
infrequently. Burton remarked that even the normal lover is affected by
this feeling: "immo nec ipsum amicae stercus foctet."
Of Caligula who, however, was scarcely sane, it was said "et quidem
stercus uxoris degustavit." In Parisian brothels (according to Taxil
and others) provision is made for those who are sexually excited by the
spectacle of the act of defecation (without reference to contact or odor)
by means of a "tabouret de verre," from under the glass floor of which the
spectacle of the defecating women may be closely observed. It may be added
that the erotic nature of such a spectacle is referred to in the Marquis
de Sade's novels.
There is one motive for the existence of coprolagnia which must not be
passed over, because it has doubtless frequently served as a mode of
transition to what, taken by itself, may well seem the least aesthetically
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