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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

18), Restif de la Bretonne associates his love of neatness in 

women with his attraction to the feet, the part, he remarks, 

least easy to keep clean. 

 

Garnier applied the term _sadi-fetichism_ to active flagellation 

and many similar manifestations such as we are here concerned 

with, on the grounds that they are hybrids which combine the 

morbid adoration for a definite object with the impulse to 

exercise a more or less degree of violence. From the standpoint 

of the conception of erotic symbolism I have adopted there is no 

need for this term. There is here no hybrid combination of two 

unlike mental states. We are simply concerned with states of 

erotic symbolism, more or less complete, more or less complex. 

 

The conception of exhibitionism as a process of erotic symbolism, involves 

a conscious or unconscious attitude of attention in the exhibitionist's 

mind to the psychic reaction of the woman toward whom his display is 

directed. He seeks to cause an emotion which, probably in most cases, he 

desires should be pleasurable. But from one cause or another his finer 

sensibilities are always inhibited or in abeyance, and he is unable to 

estimate accurately either the impression he is likely to produce or the 

general results of his action, or else he is moved by a strong impulsive 

obsession which overpowers his judgment. In many cases he has good reason 

for believing that his act will be pleasurable, and frequently he finds 

complacent witnesses among the low-class servant girls, etc. 

 

It may be pointed out here that we are quite justified in 

speaking of a penis-fetichism and also of a vulva-fetichism. This 

might be questioned. We are obviously justified in recognizing a 

fetichism which attaches itself to the pubic hair, or, as in a 

case with which I am acquainted, to the clitoris, but it may seem 

that we cannot regard the central sexual organs as symbols of 

sex, symbols, as it were, of themselves. Properly regarded, 

however, it is the sexual act rather than the sexual organ which 

is craved in normal sexual desire; the organ is regarded merely 

as the means and not as the end. Regarded as a means the organ is 

indeed an object of desire, but it only becomes a fetich when it 

arrests and fixes the attention. An attention thus pleasurably 

fixed, a vulva-fetichism or a penis-fetichism, is within the 

normal range of sexual emotion (this point has been mentioned in 

the previous volume when discussing the part played by the 

primary sexual organs in sexual selection), and in coarse-grained 

natures of either sex it is a normal allurement in its 

generalized shape, apart from any attraction to the person to 

whom the organs belong. In some morbid cases, however, this 

penis-fetichism may become a fully developed sexual perversion. A 

typical case of this kind has been recorded by Howard in the 

United States. Mrs. W., aged 39, was married at 20 to a strong, 

healthy man, but derived no pleasure from coitus, though she 

received great pleasure from masturbation practiced immediately 

after coitus, and nine years after marriage she ceased actual 

coitus, compelling her husband to adopt mutual masturbation. She 


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