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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

shoe-fetichists seem, however, to be equally attracted by high 

heels. Restif de la Bretonne frequently referred to this point, 

and he gave a number of reasons for the attractiveness of high 

heels: (1) They are unlike men's boots and, therefore, have a 

sexual fascination; (2) they make the leg and foot look more 

charming; (3) they give a less bold and more sylph-like character 

to the walk; (4) they keep the feet clean. (Restif de la 

Bretonne, _Nuits de Paris_, vol. v, quoted in Preface to his _Mes 

Inscriptions_, p. ciii.) It is doubtless the first reason--the 

fact that high heels are a kind of secondary sexual 

character--which is most generally potent in this attraction. 

 

The foregoing history, while it very distinctly brings before us a case of 

erotic symbolism, is not strictly an example of shoe-fetichism. The 

symbolism is more complex. The focus of beauty in a desirable woman is 

transferred and concentrated in the region below the knee; in that sense 

we have foot-fetichism. But the act of coitus itself is also symbolically 

transferred. Not only has the foot become the symbol of the vulva, but 

trampling has become the symbol of coitus; intercourse takes place 

symbolically _per pedem_. It is a result of this symbolization of the foot 

and of trampling that all acts of treading take on a new and symbolical 

sexual charm. The element of masochism--of pleasure in being a woman's 

slave--is a parasitic growth; that is to say, it is not founded in the 

subject's constitution, but chances to have found a favorable soil in the 

special circumstances under which his sexual life developed. It is not 

primary, but secondary, and remains an unimportant and merely occasional 

element. 

 

It may be instructive to bring forward for comparison a case in which also 

we have a symbolism involving boot-fetichism, but extending beyond it. In 

this case there is a basis of inversion (as is not infrequent in erotic 

symbolisms), but from the present point of view the psychological 

significance of the case remains the same. 

 

A.N., aged 29, unmarried, healthy, though not robust, and without 

any known hereditary taint. Has followed various avocations 

without taking great interest in them, but has shown some 

literary ability. 

 

"I am an Englishman," his own narrative runs, "the third of three 

children. At my birth my father was 41 and my mother 34. My 

mother died of cancer when I was 15. My father is still alive, a 

reserved man, who still nurses his sorrow for his wife's death. I 

have no reason to believe my parents anything but normal and 

useful members of society. My sister is normal and happily 

married. My brother I have reason to believe to be an invert. 

 

"A horoscope cast for me describes me in a way I think correct, 

and so do my friends: 'A mild, obliging, gentle, amiable person, 

with many fine traits of character; timid in nature, fond of 

society, loving peace and quietude, delighting in warm and close 

friendships. There is much that is firm, steadfast and 

industrious, some self-love, a good deal of diplomacy, a little 

that is subtle, or what is called finesse. You are reserved with 


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