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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

would introduce men into the house at all times of the day or 

night, and after persuading them to expose their persons would 

retire to her room to masturbate. The same man never aroused 

desire more than once. This desire became so violent and 

persistent that she would seek out men in all sorts of public 

places and, having induced them to expose themselves, rapidly 

retreat to the nearest convenient spot for self-gratification. 

She once abstracted a pair of trousers she had seen a man wear 

and after fondling them experienced the orgasm. Her husband 

finally left her, after vainly attempting to have her confined in 

an asylum. She was often arrested for her actions, but through 

the intervention of friends set free again. She was a highly 

intelligent woman, and apart from this perversion entirely 

normal. (W.L. Howard, "Sexual Perversion," _Alienist and 

Neurologist_, January, 1896.) It is on the existence of a more or 

less developed penis-fetichism of this kind that the 

exhibitionist, mostly by an ignorant instinct, relies for the 

effects he desires to produce. 

 

The exhibitionist is not usually content to produce a mere titillated 

amusement; he seeks to produce a more powerful effect which must be 

emotional whether or not it is pleasurable. A professional man in 

Strassburg (in a case reported by Hoche[59]) would walk about in the 

evening in a long cloak, and when he met ladies would suddenly throw his 

cloak back under a street lamp, or igniting a red-fire match, and thus 

exhibit his organs. There was an evident effort--on the part of a weak, 

vain, and effeminate man--to produce a maximum of emotional effect. The 

attempt to heighten the emotional shock is also seen in the fact that the 

exhibitionist frequently chooses a church as the scene of his exploits, 

not during service, for he always avoids a concourse of people, but 

perhaps toward evening when there are only a few kneeling women scattered 

through the edifice. The church is chosen, often instinctively rather than 

deliberately, from no impulse to commit a sacrilegious outrage--which, as 

a rule, the exhibitionist does not feel his act to be--but because it 

really presents the conditions most favorable to the act and the effects 

desired. The exhibitionist's attitude of mind is well illustrated by one 

of Garnier's patients who declared that he never wished to be seen by more 

than two women at once, "just what is necessary," he added, "for an 

exchange of impressions." After each exhibition he would ask himself 

anxiously: "Did they see me? What are they thinking? What do they say to 

each other about me? Oh! how I should like to know!" Another patient of 

Garnier's, who haunted churches for this purpose, made this very 

significant statement: "Why do I like going to churches? I can scarcely 

say. _But I know that it is only there that my act has its full 

importance_. The woman is in a devout frame of mind, and she must see that 

such an act in such a place is not a joke in bad taste or a disgusting 

obscenity; _that if I go there it is not to amuse myself; it is more 

serious than that!_ I watch the effect produced on the faces of the ladies 


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