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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

a time than eating and drinking. ("Early Sense of Self," 

_American Journal of Psychology_, April, 1898, p. 361.) 

"Micturitional obscenities," the same writer observes again, 

"which our returns show to be so common before adolescence, 

culminate at 10 or 12, and seem to retreat into the background as 

sex phenomena appear." They are, he remarks, of two classes: 

"Fouling persons or things, secretly from adults, but openly with 

each other," and less often "ceremonial acts connected with the 

act or the product that almost suggest the scatalogical rites of 

savages, unfit for description here, but of great interest and 

importance." (G. Stanley Hall, _Adolescence_, vol. i, p. 116.) 

The nature of such scatalogical phenomena in childhood--which are 

often clearly the instinctive manifestations of an erotic 

symbolism--and their wide prevalence among both boys and girls, 

are very well illustrated in a narrative which I include in 

Appendix B, History II. 

 

In boys as they approach the age of puberty, this attraction to the 

scatalogic, when it exists, tends to die out, giving place to more normal 

sexual conceptions, or at all events it takes a subordinate and less 

serious place in the mind. In girls, on the other hand, it often tends to 

persist. Edmond de Goncourt, a minute observer of the feminine mind, 

refers in _Cherie_ to "those innocent and triumphant gaieties which 

scatalogic stories have the privilege of arousing in women who have 

remained still children, even the most distinguished women." The extent to 

which innocent young women, who would frequently be uninterested or 

repelled in presence of the sexually obscene are sometimes attracted by 

the scatalogically obscene, becomes intelligible, however, if we realize 

that a symbolism comes here into play. In women the more specifically 

sexual knowledge and experience of life frequently develop much later than 

in men or even remains in abeyance, and the specifically sexual phenomena 

cannot therefore easily lend themselves to wit, or humor, or imagination. 

But the scatalogic sphere, by the very fact that in women it is a 

specially intimate and secret region which is yet always liable to be 

unexpectedly protruded into consciousness, furnishes an inexhaustible 

field for situations which have the same character as those furnished by 

the sexually obscene. It thus happens that the sexually obscene which in 

men tends to overshadow the scatalogically obscene, in women--partly from 

inexperience and partly, it is probable, from their almost physiological 

modesty--plays a part subordinate to the scatalogical. In a somewhat 

analogous way scatalogical wit and humor play a considerable part in the 

work of various eminent authors who were clergymen or priests. 

 

In addition to the anatomical and psychological associations which 

contribute to furnish a basis on which erotic symbolisms may spring up, 

there are also physiological connections between the genital and urinary 

spheres which directly favor such symbolisms. In discussing the analysis 

of the sexual impulse in a previous volume of these _Studies_, I have 

pointed out the remarkable relationship--sometimes of transference, 


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