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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

preoccupation with physiological acts which, by associations of contiguity 

and still more of resemblance, have gained the virtue of stimulating in 

slight cases, and replacing in more extreme cases, the normal 

preoccupation with the central physiological act itself. We have seen that 

there are various considerations which amply suffice to furnish a basis 

for such associations. And when we reflect that in the popular mind, and 

to some extent in actual fact, the sexual act itself is, like urination 

and defecation, an excretory act, we can understand that the true 

excretory acts may easily become symbols of the pseudo-excretory act. It 

is, indeed, in the muscular release of accumulated pressures and tensions, 

involved by the act of liberating the stored-up excretion, that we have 

the closest simulacrum of the tumescence and detumescence of the sexual 

process.[32] 

 

In this way the erotic symbolism of urolagnia and coprolagnia is 

completely analogous with that dynamic symbolism of the clinging and 

swinging garments which Herrick has so accurately described, with the 

complex symbolism of flagellation and its play of the rod against the 

blushing and trembling nates, with the symbols of sexual strain and stress 

which are embodied in the foot and the act of treading. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[24] Fuchs (_Das Erotische Element In der Karikatur_, p. 26), 

distinguishing sharply between the "erotic" and the "obscene," reserves 

the latter term exclusively for the representation of excretory organs and 

acts. He considers that this is etymologically the most exact usage. 

However that may be, it seems to me that, in any case, "obscene" has 

become so vague a term that it is now impracticable to give it a 

restricted and precise sense. 

 

[25] In this connection we may profitably contemplate the hand and recall 

the vast gamut of functions, sacred and profane, which that organ 

exercises. Many savages strictly reserve the left hand to the lowlier 

purposes of life; but in civilization that is not considered necessary, 

and it may be wholesome for some of us to meditate on the more humble uses 

of the same hand which is raised in the supreme gesture of benediction and 

which men have often counted it a privilege to kiss. 

 

[26] See, e.g., Morselli, _Una Causa di Nullita del Matrimonio_, 1902, p. 

39. 

 

[27] Fere, _Comptes-Rendus Societe de Biologie_, July 23, 1904. 

 

[28] Transactions of the International Medical Congress, Moscow, vol. iv, 

p. 19. A similar symbolism may be traced in many of the cases in which the 

focus of modesty becomes in modest women centered in the excretory sphere 

and sometimes exaggerated to the extent of obsession. It must not be 

supposed, however, that every obsession in this sphere has a symbolical 

value of an erotic kind. In the case, for instance, which has been 

recorded by Raymond and Janet (_Les Obsessions_, vol. ii, p. 306) of a 

woman who spent much of her time in the endeavor to urinate perfectly, 

always feeling that she failed in some respect, the obsession seems to 

have risen fortuitously on a somewhat neurotic basis without reference to 

the sexual life. 

 

[29] _Anatomy of Melancholy_, Part III, Section II, Mem. III, Subs. I. 

 

[30] It may be remarked here that while the eating of excrement (apart 


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