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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

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."[29] 

 

Of Caligula who, however, was scarcely sane, it was said "et quidem 

stercus uxoris degustavit."[30] 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 

attractive of erotic symbols. I refer to the tendency of the nates to 

become a sexual fetich. The nates have in all ages and in all parts of the 

world been frequently regarded as one of the most aesthetically beautiful 

parts of the feminine body.[31] It is probable that on the basis of this 

entirely normal attraction more than one form of erotic symbolism is at 

all events in part supported. Duehren and others have considered that the 

aesthetic charm of the nates is one of the motives which prompt the desire 

to inflict flagellation on women. In the same way--certainly in some and 

probably in many cases--the sexual charm of the nates progressively 

extends to the anal region, to the act of defecation, and finally to the 

feces. 

 

In a case of Krafft-Ebing's (_Op. cit._, p. 183) the subject, 

when a child of 6, accidentally placed his hand in contact with 

the nates of the little girl who sat next to him in school, and 

experienced so great a pleasure in this contact that he 

frequently repeated it; when he was 10 a nursery governess, to 

gratify her own desires, placed his finger in her vagina; in 

adult life he developed urolagnic tendencies. 


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