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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

gynaecological monograph--to her sensations or feelings."[208] Yet when we 

contemplate the mystery of pregnancy and all that it involves, how trivial 

all such considerations become! We are here lifted into a region where our 

highest intelligence can only lead us to adoration, for we are gazing at a 

process in which the operations of Nature become one with the divine task 

of Creation. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[169] See, e.g., Groos, _AEsthetische Genuss_, p. 249. "We have to admit," 

Groos observes, "the entrance of another instinct, the impulse to tend and 

foster, so closely connected with the sexual life. It is seemingly due to 

the co-operation of this impulse that the little female bird during 

courtship is so often fed by the male like a young fledgling. In man 

'love' from the biological standpoint is also an amalgamation of two 

needs; when the tender need to protect and foster and serve is lacking the 

emotion is not quite perfect. Heine's expression, 'With my mantle I 

protect you from the storm,' has always seemed to me very characteristic." 

Sometimes the sexual impulse may undergo a complete transformation in this 

direction. "I believe there is really a tendency in women," a lady writes 

in a letter, "to allow maternal feeling to take the place of sexual 

feeling. Very often a woman's feeling for her husband becomes this (though 

he may be twenty years older than herself); sometimes it does not, 

remaining purely sex feeling. Sometimes it is for some other man she has 

this curious self-obliterating maternal feeling. It is not necessarily 

connected with sex intercourse. A prostitute, who has relations with 

dozens of men, may have it for some feeble drunken fool, who perhaps goes 

after other women. I once saw the change from sex feeling to mother 

feeling, as I call it, come almost suddenly over a woman after she had 

lived about four years with a man who was unfaithful to her. Then, when 

all real sex feeling, the hatred of the woman he followed, the desire he 

should give her love and tenderness, had all gone, came the other feeling, 

and she said to me, 'You don't understand at all; he's only my little 

baby; nothing he does can make any difference to me now.' As I grow older 

and understand women's natures better, I can see almost at once which 

relation it is a woman has to her husband, or any given man. It is this 

feeling, and not sex passion, that keeps woman from being free." Not only 

is there a sexual association in the impulse to foster and protect, there 

would appear to be a similar element also in the response to that impulse. 

Freud has especially insisted on the partly sexual character of the 

child's feelings for those who care for it and tend it and satisfy its 

needs. It is begun in earliest infancy; "whoever has seen the sated infant 

sink back from the breast, to fall asleep with flushed cheeks and happy 

smile, must say that the picture is adequate to the expression of the 

sexual satisfaction of later life." The lips, moreover, are the earliest 

erogenous zone. "There will, perhaps, be some opposition," Freud remarks 

(_Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie_, pp. 36, 64), "to the 

identification of the child's feelings of tenderness and appreciation for 

those who tend it with sexual love, but I believe that exact psychological 


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