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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

us to-day it is a not uncommon phenomenon, is still not sufficiently 

common to be called normal; the majority of even ardent lovers do not 

experience this attraction in any marked degree. But these manifestations 

of foot-fetichism which with us to-day are abnormal, even when they are 

not so extreme as to be morbid, may perhaps become more intelligible to us 

when we realize that in earlier periods of civilization, and even to-day 

in some parts of the world, the foot is generally recognized as a focus of 

sexual attraction, so that some degree of foot-fetichism becomes a normal 

phenomenon. 

 

The most pronounced and the best known example of such normal 

foot-fetichism at the present day is certainly to be found among the 

Southern Chinese. For a Chinese husband his wife's foot is more 

interesting than her face. A Chinese woman is as shy of showing her feet 

to a man as a European woman her breasts; they are reserved for her 

husband's eyes alone, and to look at a woman's feet in the street is 

highly improper and indelicate. Chinese foot-fetichism is connected with 

the custom of compressing the feet. This custom appears to rest on the 

fact that Chinese women naturally possess a very small foot and is thus an 

example of the universal tendency in the search for beauty to accentuate, 

even by deformation, the racial characteristics. But there is more than 

this. Beauty is largely a name for sexual attractiveness, and the energy 

expended in the effort to make the Chinese woman's small foot still 

smaller is a measure of the sexual fascination which it exerts. The 

practice arose on the basis of the sexual attractiveness of the foot, 

though it has doubtless served to heighten that attractiveness, just as 

the small waist, which (if we may follow Stratz) is a characteristic 

beauty of the European woman, becomes to the average European man still 

more attractive when accentuated, even to the extent of deformity, by the 

compression of the corset. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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