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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

 

 

Referring to the sexual fascination exerted by the foot in China, 

Matignon writes: "My attention has been drawn to this point by a 

large number of pornographic engravings, of which the Chinese are 

very fond. In all these lascivious scenes we see the male 

voluptuously fondling the woman's foot. When a Celestial takes 

into his hand a woman's foot, especially if it is very small, the 

effect upon him is precisely the same as is provoked in a 

European by the palpation of a young and firm bosom. All the 

Celestials whom I have interrogated on this point have replied 

unanimously: 'Oh, a little foot! You Europeans cannot understand 

how exquisite, how sweet, how exciting it is!' The contact of the 

genital organ with the little foot produces in the male an 

indescribable degree of voluptuous feeling, and women skilled in 

love know that to arouse the ardor of their lovers a better 

method than all Chinese aphrodisiacs--including 'giusen' and 

swallows' nests--is to take the penis between their feet. It is 

not rare to find Chinese Christians accusing themselves at 

confession of having had 'evil thoughts on looking at a woman's 

foot.'" (Dr. J. Matignon, "A propos d'un Pied de Chinoise," 

_Archives d'Anthropologie Criminelle_, 1898.) 

 

It is said that a Chinese Empress, noted for her vice and having 

a congenital club foot, about the year 1100 B.C., desired all 

women to resemble her, and that the practice of compressing the 

foot thus arose. But this is only tradition, since, in 300 B.C., 

Chinese books were destroyed (Morache, Art. "Chine," 

_Dictionnaire Encyclopedique des Sciences Medicales_, p. 191). It 

is also said that the practice owes its origin to the wish to 

keep women indoors. But women are not secluded in China, nor does 

foot compression usually render a woman unable to walk. Many 

intelligent Chinese are of opinion that its object is to promote 

the development of the sexual parts and of the thighs, and so to 

aid both intercourse and parturition. There is no ground for 

believing that it has any such influence, though Morache found 

that the mons veneris and labia are largely developed in Chinese 

women, and not in Tartar women living in Pekin (who do not 

compress the foot). If there is any correlation between the feet 

and the pelvic regions, it is more probably congenital than due 

to the artificial compression of the feet. The ancients seem to 

have believed that a small foot indicated a small vagina. Restif 

de la Bretonne, who had ample opportunities for forming an 

opinion on a matter in which he took so great an interest, 

believed that a small foot, round and short, indicated a large 

vagina (_Monsieur Nicolas_, vol. i, reprint of 1883, p. 92). 

Even, however, if we admit that there is a real correlation 

between the foot and the vagina, that would by no means suffice 

to render the foot a focus of sexual attraction. 

 

It remains the most reasonable view that the foot bandage must be 

regarded as strictly analogous to the waist bandage or corset 

which also tends to produce deformity of the constricted region. 

Stratz has ingeniously remarked (_Frauenkleidung_, third edition, 


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