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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

felt a tender affection for the boy whose excessive love and 

reverence for her were not always successfully concealed. 

"Madonna Parangon," he tells us, "possessed a charm which I could 

never resist, a pretty little foot; it is a charm which arouses 

more than tenderness. Her shoes, made in Paris, had that 

voluptuous elegance which seems to communicate soul and life. 

Sometimes Colette wore shoes of simple white drugget or with 

silver flowers; sometimes rose-colored slippers with green heels, 

or green with rose heels; her supple feet, far from deforming her 

shoes, increased their grace and rendered the form more 

exciting." One day, on entering the house, he saw Madame Parangon 

elegantly dressed and wearing rose-colored shoes with tongues, 

and with green heels and a pretty rosette. They were new and she 

took them off to put on green slippers with rose heels and 

borders which he thought equally exciting. As soon as she had 

left the room, he continues, "carried away by the most impetuous 

passion and idolizing Colette, I seemed to see her and touch her 

in handling what she had just worn; my lips pressed one of these 

jewels, while the other, deceiving the sacred end of nature, from 

excess of exaltation replaced the object of sex (I cannot express 

myself more clearly). The warmth which she had communicated to 

the insensible object which had touched her still remained and 

gave a soul to it; a voluptuous cloud covered my eyes." He adds 

that he would kiss with rage and transport whatever had come in 

close contact with the woman he adored, and on one occasion 

eagerly pressed his lips to her cast-off underlinen, _vela 

secretiora penetralium_. 

 

At this period Restif's foot-fetichism reached its highest point 

of development. It was the aberration of a highly sensitive and 

very precocious boy. While the preoccupation with feet and shoes 

persisted throughout life, it never became a complete perversion 

and never replaced the normal end of sexual desire. His love for 

Madam Parangon, one of the deepest emotions in his whole life, 

was also the climax of his shoe-fetichism. She represented his 

ideal woman, an ethereal sylph with wasp-waist and a child's 

feet; it was always his highest praise for a woman that she 

resembled Madame Parangon, and he desired that her slipper should 

be buried with him. (Restif de la Bretonne, _Monsieur Nicolas_, 

vols. i-iv, vol. xiii, p. 5; id., _Mes Inscriptions_, pp. ci-cv.) 

 

Shoe-fetichism, more especially if we include under this term all 

the cases of real or pseudo-masochism in which an attraction to 

the boots or slippers is the chief feature, is a not infrequent 

phenomenon, and is certainly the most frequently occurring form 

of fetichism. Many cases are brought together by Krafft-Ebing in 

his _Psychopathia Sexualis_. Every prostitute of any experience 

has known men who merely desire to gaze at her shoes, or possibly 

to lick them, and who are quite willing to pay for this 

privilege. In London such a person is known as a "bootman," in 

Germany as a "Stiefelfrier." 

 

The predominance of the foot as a focus of sexual attraction, while among 


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