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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

centers of growth in the life of humanity--and feels this larger 

life within himself, subjective, if you like, and yet intensely 

objective. And more. For is it not also evident that the woman, 

the mortal woman who excites his Vision, _has_ some closest 

relation to it, and is, indeed, far more than a mere mask or 

empty formula which reminds him of it? For she indeed has within 

her, just as much as the man has, deep subconscious Powers 

working; and the ideal which has dawned so entrancingly on the 

man is in all probability closely related to that which has been 

working most powerfully in the heredity of the woman, and which 

has most contributed to mold _her_ form and outline. No wonder, 

then, that her form should remind him of it. Indeed, when he 

looks into her eyes he sees _through_ to a far deeper life even 

than she herself may be aware of, and yet which is truly hers--a 

life perennial and wonderful. The more than mortal in him beholds 

the more than mortal in her; and the gods descend to meet." 

(Edward Carpenter, _The Art of Creation_, pp. 137, 186.) 

 

It is this mighty force which lies behind and beneath the aberrations we 

have been concerned with, a great reservoir from which they draw the 

life-blood that vivifies even their most fantastic shapes. Fetichism and 

the other forms of erotic symbolism are but the development and the 

isolation of the crystallizations which normally arise on the basis of 

sexual selection. Normal in their basis, in their extreme forms they 

present the utmost pathological aberrations of the sexual instinct which 

can be attained or conceived. In the intermediate space all degrees are 

possible. In the slightest degree the symbol is merely a specially 

fascinating and beloved feature in a person who is, in all other respects, 

felt to be lovable; as such its recognition is a legitimate part of 

courtship, an effective aid to tumescence. In a further degree the symbol 

is the one arresting and attracting character of a person who must, 

however, still be felt as a sexually attractive individual. In a still 

further degree of perversion the symbol is effective, even though the 

person with whom it is associated is altogether unattractive. In the final 

stage the person and even all association with a person disappear 

altogether from the field of sexual consciousness; the abstract symbol 

rules supreme. 

 

Long, however, before the symbol has reached that final climax of morbid 

intensity we may be said to have passed beyond the sphere of sexual love. 

A person, not an abstracted quality, must be the goal of love. So long as 

the fetich is subordinated to the person it serves to heighten love. But 

love must be based on a complexus of attractive qualities, or it has no 

stability.[70] As soon as the fetich becomes isolated and omnipotent, so 

that the person sinks into the background as an unimportant appendage of 

the fetich, all stability is lost. The fetichist now follows an impersonal 

and abstract symbol withersoever it may lead him. 

 

It has been seen that there are an extraordinary number of forms in which 

erotic symbolism may be felt. It must be remembered, and it cannot be too 


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