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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

II. 

 

Foot-fetichism and Shoe-fetichism--Wide Prevalence and Normal 

Basis--Restif de la Bretonne--The Foot a Normal Focus of Sexual Attraction 

Among Some Peoples--The Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Spaniards, etc.--The 

Congenital Predisposition in Erotic Symbolism--The Influence of Early 

Association and Emotional Shock--Shoe-fetichism in Relation to 

Masochism--The Two Phenomena Independent Though Allied--The Desire to be 

Trodden On--The Fascination of Physical Constraint--The Symbolism of 

Self-inflicted Pain--The Dynamic Element in Erotic Symbolism--The 

Symbolism of Garments. 

 

 

Of all forms of erotic symbolism the most frequent is that which idealizes 

the foot and the shoe. The phenomena we here encounter are sometimes so 

complex and raise so many interesting questions that it is necessary to 

discuss them somewhat fully. 

 

It would seem that even for the normal lover the foot is one of the most 

attractive parts of the body. Stanley Hall found that among the parts 

specified as most admired in the other sex by young men and women who 

answered a _questionnaire_ the feet came fourth (after the eyes, hair, 

stature and size).[13] Casanova, an acute student and lover of women who 

was in no degree a foot fetichist, remarks that all men who share his 

interest in women are attracted by their feet; they offer the same 

interest, he considers, as the question of the particular edition offers 

to the book-lover.[14] 

 

In a report of the results of a _questionnaire_ concerning 

children's sense of self, to which over 500 replies were 

received, Stanley Hall thus summarizes the main facts ascertained 

with reference to the feet: "A special period of noticing the 

feet comes somewhat later than that in which the hands are 

discovered to consciousness. Our records afford nearly twice as 

many cases for feet as for hands. The former are more remote from 

the primary psychic focus or position, and are also more often 

covered, so that the sight of them is a more marked and 

exceptional event. Some children become greatly excited whenever 

their feet are exposed. Some infants show signs of fear at the 

movement of their own knees and feet covered, and still more 

often fright is the first sensation which signalizes the child's 

discovery of its feet.... Many are described as playing with them 

as if fascinated by strange, newly-discovered toys. They pick 

them up and try to throw them away, or out of the cradle, or 

bring them to the mouth, where all things tend to go.... Children 

often handle their feet, pat and stroke them, offer them toys and 

the bottle, as if they, too, had an independent hunger to 

gratify, an _ego_ of their own.... Children often develop [later] 

a special interest in the feet of others, and examine, feel them, 

etc., sometimes expressing surprise that the pinch of the 

mother's toe hurts her and not the child, or comparing their own 

and the feet of others point by point. Curious, too, are the 

intensifications of foot-consciousness throughout the early years 

of childhood, whenever children have the exceptional privilege of 

going barefoot, or have new shoes. The feet are often 

apostrophized, punished, beaten sometimes to the point of pain 


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