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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

V. 

 

Exhibitionism--Illustrative Cases--A Symbolic Perversion of Courtship--The 

Impulse to Defile--The Exhibitionist's Psychic Attitude--The Sexual Organs 

as Fetichs--Phallus Worship--Adolescent Pride in Sexual 

Development--Exhibitionism of the Nates--The Classification of the Forms 

of Exhibitionism--Nature of the Relationship of Exhibitionism to Epilepsy. 

 

 

There is a remarkable form of erotic symbolism--very definite and standing 

clearly apart from all other forms--in which sexual gratification is 

experienced in the simple act of exhibiting the sexual organ to persons of 

the opposite sex, usually by preference to young and presumably innocent 

persons, very often children. This is termed exhibitionism.[54] It would 

appear to be a not very infrequent phenomenon, and most women, once or 

more in their lives, especially when young, have encountered a man who has 

thus deliberately exposed himself before them. 

 

The exhibitionist, though often a young and apparently vigorous man, is 

always satisfied with the mere act of self-exhibition and the emotional 

reaction which that act produces; he makes no demands on the woman to whom 

he exposes himself; he seldom speaks, he makes no effort to approach her; 

as a rule, he fails even to display the signs of sexual excitation. His 

desires are completely gratified by the act of exhibition and by the 

emotional reaction it arouses in the woman. He departs satisfied and 

relieved. 

 

A case recorded by Schrenck-Notzing very well represents both the 

nature of the impulse felt by the exhibitionist and the way in 

which it may originate. It is the case of a business man of 49, 

of neurotic heredity, an affectionate husband and father of a 

family, who, to his own grief and shame, is compelled from time 

to time to exhibit his sexual organs to women in the street. As a 

boy of 10 a girl of 12 tried to induce him to coitus; both had 

their sexual parts exposed. From that time sexual contacts, as of 

his own naked nates against those of a girl, became attractive, 

as well as games in which the boys and girls in turn marched 

before each other with their sexual parts exposed, and also 

imitation of the copulation of animals. Coitus was first 

practiced about the age of 20, but sight and touch of the woman's 

sexual parts were always necessary to produce sexual excitement. 

It was also necessary--and this consideration is highly important 

as regards the development of the tendency to exhibition--that 

the woman should be excited by the sight of his organs. Even when 

he saw or touched a woman's parts orgasm often occurred. It was 

the naked sexual organs in an otherwise clothed body which 

chiefly excited him. He was not possessed of a high degree of 

potency. Girls between the ages of 10 and 17 chiefly excited him, 

and especially if he felt that they were quite ignorant of sexual 

matters. His self-exhibition was a sort of psychic defloration, 

and it was accompanied by the idea that other people felt as he 

did about the sexual effects of the naked organs, that he was 

shocking but at the same time sexually exciting a young girl. He 

was thus gratifying himself through the belief that he was 


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