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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

wedding night, and sometimes the bridegroom for his wife, not as 

a token of love, but as a nuptial ceremony. Among the 

professional classes and small nobility in Russia parents place 

money in the stocking of their child at marriage as a present for 

the other partner, it being supposed that the couple mutually 

remove each other's foot raiment, as an act of sexual possession, 

the emblem of coitus." (Paul Jacoby, _Archives d'Anthropologie 

Criminelle_, December, 1903, p. 793.) The practice among 

ourselves of children hanging up their stockings at night for 

presents would seem to be a relic of the last-mentioned custom. 

 

While we may witness the sexual symbolism of the foot, with or without an 

associated foot-fetichism, most highly developed in Asia and Eastern 

Europe, it has by no means been altogether unknown in some stages of 

western civilization, and traces of it may be found here and there even 

yet. Schinz refers to the connection between the feet and sexual pleasure 

as existing not only among the Egyptians and the Arabs, but among the 

ancient Germans and the modern Spaniards,[16] while Jacoby points out that 

among the Greeks, the Romans, and especially the Etruscans, it was usual 

to represent chaste and virgin goddesses with their feet covered, even 

though they might be otherwise nude. Ovid, again, is never weary of 

dwelling on the sexual charm of the feminine foot. He represents the 

chaste matron as wearing a weighted _stola_ which always fell so as to 

cover her feet; it was only the courtesan, or the nymph who is taking part 

in an erotic festival, who appears with raised robes, revealing her 

feet.[17] So grave a historian as Strabo, as well as AElian, refers to the 

story of the courtesan Rhodope whose sandal was carried off by an eagle 

and dropped in the King of Egypt's lap as he was administering justice, so 

that he could not rest until he had discovered to whom this delicately 

small sandal belonged, and finally made her his queen. Kleinpaul, who 

repeats this story, has collected many European sayings and customs 

(including Turkish), indicating that the slipper is a very ancient symbol 

of a woman's sexual parts.[18] 

 

In Rome, Dufour remarks, "Matrons having appropriated the use of 

the shoe (_soccus_) prostitutes were not allowed to use it, and 

were obliged to have their feet always naked in sandals or 

slippers (_crepida_ and _solea_), which they fastened over the 

instep with gilt bands. Tibullus delights to describe his 

mistress's little foot, compressed by the band that imprisoned 

it: _Ansaque compressos colligat arcta pedes_. Nudity of the foot 

in woman was a sign of prostitution, and their brilliant 

whiteness acted afar as a pimp to attract looks and desires." 

(Dufour, _Histoire de la Prostitution_, vol. II., ch. xviii.) 

 

This feeling seems to have survived in a more or less vague and 

unconscious form in mediaeval Europe. "In the tenth century," 

according to Dufour (_Histoire de la Prostitution_, vol. VI., p. 

11), "shoes _a la poulaine_, with a claw or beak, pursued for 

more than four centuries by the anathemas of popes and the 

invectives of preachers, were always regarded by mediaeval 


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