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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

to whom I show my organs. I wish to see them express a profound joy. I 

wish, in fact, that they may be forced to say to themselves: _How 

impressive Nature is when thus seen!_" 

 

Here we trace the presence of a feeling which recalls the 

phenomena of the ancient and world-wide phallic worship, still 

liable to reappear sporadically. Women sometimes took part in 

these rites, and the osculation of the male sexual organ or its 

emblematic representation by women is easily traceable in the 

phallic rites of India and many other lands, not excluding Europe 

even in comparatively recent times. (Dulaure in his _Divinites 

Generatices_ brings together much bearing on these points; cf.: 

Ploss and Bartels, _Das Weib_, vol. i, Chapter XVII, and Bloch, 

_Beitraege zur Psychopathia Sexualis_, Teil I, pp. 115-117. Colin 

Scott has some interesting remarks on phallic worship and the 

part it has played in aiding human evolution, "Sex and Art," 

_American Journal of Psychology_, vol. vii, No. 2, pp. 191-197. 

Irving Rosse describes some modern phallic rites in which both 

men and women took part, similar to those practiced in vaudouism, 

"Sexual Hypochondriasis," _Virginia Medical Monthly_, October, 

1892.) 

 

Putting aside any question of phallic worship, a certain pride 

and more or less private feeling of ostentation in the new 

expansion and development of the organs of virility seems to be 

almost normal at adolescence. "We have much reason to assume," 

Stanley Hall remarks, "that in a state of nature there is a 

certain instinctive pride and ostentation that accompanies the 

new local development. I think it will be found that 

exhibitionists are usually those who have excessive growth here, 

and that much that modern society stigmatizes as obscene is at 

bottom more or less spontaneous and perhaps in some cases not 

abnormal. Dr. Seerley tells me he has never examined a young man 

largely developed who had the usual strong instinctive tendency 

of modesty to cover himself with his hands, but he finds this 

instinct general with those whose development is less than the 

average." (G. Stanley Hall, _Adolescence_, vol. ii, p. 97.) This 

instinct of ostentation, however, so far as it is normal, is held 

in check by other considerations, and is not, in the strict 

sense, exhibitionism. I have observed a full-grown telegraph boy 

walking across Hampstead Heath with his sexual organs exposed, 

but immediately he realized that he was seen he concealed them. 

The solemnity of exhibitionism at this age finds expression in 

the climax of the sonnet, "Oraison du Soir," written at 16 by 

Rimbaud, whose verse generally is a splendid and insolent 

manifestation of rank adolescence:-- 

 

"Doux comme le Seigneur du cedre et des hysopes, 

Je pisse vers les cieux bruns tres haut et tres loin, 

Avec l'assentiment des grands heliotropes." 

 

(J.A. Rimbaud, _Oeuvres_, p. 68.) 

 

 

In women, also, there would appear to be traceable a somewhat 

similar ostentation, though in them it is complicated and largely 

inhibited by modesty, and at the same time diffused over the body 


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