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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

It is of interest to point out that the sexual symbolism of active 

flagellation is very closely analogous to this symbolism of exhibitionism. 

The flagellant approaches a woman with the rod (itself a symbol of the 

penis and in some countries bearing names which are also applied to that 

organ) and inflicts on an intimate part of her body the signs of blushing 

and the spasmodic movements which are associated with sexual excitement, 

while at the same time she feels, or the flagellant imagines that she 

feels, the corresponding emotions of delicious shame.[58] This is an even 

closer mimicry of the sexual act than the exhibitionist attains, for the 

latter fails to secure the consent of the woman nor does he enjoy any 

intimate contact with her naked body. The difference is connected with the 

fact that the active flagellant is usually a more virile and normal person 

than the exhibitionist. In the majority of cases the exhibitionist's 

sexual impulse is very feeble, and as a rule he is either to some degree a 

degenerate, or else a person who is suffering from an early stage of 

general paralysis, dementia, or some other highly enfeebling cause of 

mental disorganization, such as chronic alcoholism. Sexual feebleness is 

further indicated by the fact that the individuals selected as witnesses 

are frequently mere children. 

 

 

It seems probable that a form of erotic symbolism somewhat 

similar to exhibitionism is to be found in the rare cases in 

which sexual gratification is derived from throwing ink, acid or 

other defiling liquids on women's dresses. Thoinot has recorded a 

case of this kind (_Attentats aux Moeurs_, 1898, pp. 484, _et 

seq._). An instructive case has been presented by Moll. In this 

case a young man of somewhat neuropathic heredity had as a youth 

of 16 or 17, when romping with his young sister's playfellows, 

experienced sexual sensations on chancing to see their white 

underlinen. From that time white underlinen and white dresses 

became to him a fetich and he was only attracted to women so 

attired. One day, at the age of 25, when crossing the street in 

wet weather with a young lady in a white dress, a passing vehicle 

splashed the dress with mud. This incident caused him strong 

sexual excitement, and from that time he had the impulse to throw 

ink, perchloride of iron, etc., on to ladies' white dresses, and 

sometimes to cut and tear them, sexual excitement and ejaculation 

taking place every time he effected this. (Moll, "Gutachten ueber 

einem Sexual Perversen [Besudelungstrieb]," _Zeitschrift fuer 

Medizinalbeamte_, Heft XIII, 1900). Such a case is of 

considerable psychological interest. Thoinot considers that in 

these cases the fleck is a fetich. That is an incorrect account 

of the matter. In this case the white garments constituted the 

primary fetich, but that fetich becomes more acutely realized, 

and at the same time both parties are thrown into an emotional 

state which to the fetichist becomes a mimicry of coitus, by the 

act of defilement. We may perhaps connect with this phenomenon 

the attraction which muddy shoes often exert over the 

shoe-fetichist, and the curious way in which, as we have seen (p. 


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