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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

and when they approached a town the women on the boats would 

insult the women of the town by injurious language and by 

exposing themselves. Among the Arabs, however, the specific 

gesture we are concerned with is noted, and a man to whom 

vengeance is forbidden would express his feelings by exposing his 

posterior and strewing earth on his head (Wellhausen, _Rests 

Arabischen Heidentums_, 1897, p. 195). It is in Europe and in 

mediaeval and later times that this emphatic gesture seems to have 

flourished as a violent method of expressing contempt. It was by 

no means confined to the lower classes, and Kleinpaul, in 

discussing this form of "speech without words," quotes examples 

of various noble persons, even princesses, who are recorded thus 

to have expressed their feelings. (Kleinpaul, _Sprache ohne 

Worte_, pp. 271-273.) In more recent times the gesture has become 

merely a rare and extreme expression of unrestrained feeling in 

coarse-grained peasants. Zola, in the figure of Mouquette in 

_Germinal_, may be said to have given a kind of classic 

expression to the gesture. In the more remote parts of Europe it 

appears to be still not altogether uncommon. This seems to be 

notably the case among the South Slavs, and Krauss states that 

"when a South Slav woman wishes to express her deepest contempt 

for anyone she bends forward, with left hand raising her skirts, 

and with the right slapping her posterior, at the same time 

exclaiming: 'This for you!'" (Kryptadia, vol. vi, p. 200.) 

 

A verbal survival of this gesture, consisting in the contemptuous 

invitation to kiss this region, still exists among us in remote 

parts of the country, especially as an insult offered by an angry 

woman who forgets herself. It is said to be commonly used in 

Wales. ("Welsh AEdoelogy," Kryptadia, vol. ii, pp. 358, et seq.) 

In Cornwall, when addressed by a woman to a man it is sometimes 

regarded as a deadly insult, even if the woman is young and 

attractive, and may cause a life-long enmity between related 

families. From this point of view the nates are a symbol of 

contempt, and any sexual significance is excluded. (The 

distinction is brought out by Diderot in _Le Neveu de Rameau:_ 

"_Lui:_--Il y a d'autres jours ou il ne m'en couterait rien pour 

etre vil tant qu'on voudrait; ces jours-la, pour un liard, je 

baiserais le cul a la petite Hus. _Moi:_--Eh! mais, l'ami, elle 

est blanche, jolie, douce, potelee, et c'est un acte d'humilite 

auquel un plus delicat que vous pourrait quelquefois s'abaisser. 

_Lui:_--Entendons-nous; c'est qu'il y a baiser le cul au simple, 

et baiser le cul au figure.") 

 

It must be added that a sexual form of exhibitionism of the nates 

must still be recognized. It occurs in masochism and expresses 

the desire for passive flagellation. Rousseau, whose emotional 

life was profoundly affected by the castigations which as a child 

he received from Mlle Lambercier, has in his _Confessions_ told 

us how, when a youth, he would sometimes expose himself in this 

way in the presence of young women. Such masochistic 


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