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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

for breaking things, throwing the child down, etc. Several 

children have habits, which reach great intensity, and then 

vanish, of touching or tickling the feet, with gales of laughter, 

and a few are described as showing an almost morbid reluctance to 

wear anything upon the feet, or even to having them touched by 

others.... Several almost fall in love with the great toe or the 

little one, especially admiring some crease or dimple in it, 

dressing it in some rag of silk or bit of ribbon, or cut-off 

glove fingers, winding it with string, prolonging it by tying on 

bits of wood. Stroking the feet of others, especially if they are 

shapely, often becomes almost a passion with young children, and 

several adults confess a survival of the same impulse which it is 

an exquisite pleasure to gratify. The interest of some mothers in 

babies' toes, the expressions of which are ecstatic and almost 

incredible, is a factor of great importance." (G. Stanley Hall, 

"Some Aspects of the Early Sense of Self," _American Journal of 

Psychology_, April, 1898.) In childhood, Stanley Hall remarks 

elsewhere (_Adolescence_, vol. ii, p. 104), "a form of courtship 

may consist solely in touching feet under the desk." It would 

seem that even animals have a certain amount of sexual 

consciousness in the feet; I have noticed a male donkey, just 

before coitus, bite the feet of his partner. 

 

At the same time it is scarcely usual for the normal lover, in most 

civilized countries to-day, to attach primary importance to the foot, such 

as he very frequently attaches to the eyes, though the feet play a very 

conspicuous part in the work of certain novelists.[15] 

 

In a small but not inconsiderable minority of persons, however, the foot 

or the boot becomes the most attractive part of a woman, and in some 

morbid cases the woman herself is regarded as a comparatively unimportant 

appendage to her feet or her boots. The boots under civilized conditions 

much more frequently constitute the sexual symbol than do the feet 

themselves; this is not surprising since in ordinary life the feet are not 

often seen. 

 

It is usually only under exceptionally favoring conditions that 

foot-fetichism occurs, as in the case recorded by Marandon de 

Montyel of a doctor who had been brought up in the West Indies. 

His mother had been insane and he himself was subject to 

obsessions, especially of being incapable of urinating; he had 

had nocturnal incontinence of urine in childhood. All the women 

of the people in the West Indies go about with naked feet, which 

are often beautiful. His puberty evolved under this influence, 

and foot-fetichism developed. He especially admired large, fat, 

arched feet, with delicate skin and large, regular toes. He 

masturbated with images of feet. At 15 he had relations with a 

colored chambermaid, but feared to mention his fetichism, though 

it was the touch of her feet that chiefly excited him. He now 

gave up masturbation, and had a succession of mistresses, but was 

always ashamed to confess his fancies until, at the age of 33, in 

Paris, a very intelligent woman who had become his mistress 


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