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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

 

The hair despoiler (_Coupeur des Nattes_ or _Zopfabschneider_) 

may be found in any civilized country, though the most carefully 

studied cases have occurred in Paris. (Several medico-legal 

histories of hair-despoilers are summarized by Krafft-Ebing, _Op. 

cit._, pp. 329-334). Such persons are usually of nervous 

temperament and bad heredity; the attraction to hair occasionally 

develops in early life; sometimes the morbid impulse only appears 

in later life after fever. The fetich may be either flowing hair 

or braided hair, but is usually one or the other, and not both. 

Sexual excitement and ejaculation may be produced in the act of 

touching or cutting off the hair, which is subsequently, in many 

cases, used for masturbation. As a rule the hair-despoiler is a 

pure fetichist, no element of sadistic pleasure entering into his 

feelings. In the case of a "capillary kleptomaniac" in Chicago--a 

highly intelligent and athletic married young man of good 

family--the impulse to cut off girls' braids appeared after 

recovery from a severe fever. He would gaze admiringly at the 

long tresses and then clip them off with great rapidity; he did 

this in some fifty cases before he was caught and imprisoned. He 

usually threw the braids away before he reached home. (_Alienist 

and Neurologist_, April, 1889, p. 325.) In this case there is no 

history of sexual excitement, probably because no proper 

medico-legal examination was made. (It may be added that 

hair-despoilers have been specially studied by Motet, "Les 

Coupeurs de Nattes," _Annales d'Hygiene_, 1890.) 

 

The stuff-fetiches are most usually fur and velvet; feathers, silk, and 

leathers also sometimes exert this influence; they are all, it will be 

noted, animal substances.[38] The most interesting is probably fur, the 

attraction of which is not uncommon in association with passive 

algolagnia. As Stanley Hall has shown, the fear of fur, as well as the 

love of it, is by no means uncommon in childhood; it may appear even in 

infancy and in children who have never come in contact with animals.[39] 

It is noteworthy that in most cases of uncomplicated stuff-fetichism the 

attraction apparently arises on a congenital basis, as it appears in 

persons of nervous or sensitive temperament at an early age and without 

being attached to any definite causative incident. The sexual excitation 

is nearly always produced by the touch rather than by the sight. As we 

found, when dealing with the sense of touch in the previous volume, the 

specific sexual sensations may be regarded as a special modification of 

ticklishness. The erotic symbolism in the case of these stuff-fetichisms 

would seem to be a more or less congenital perversion of ticklishness in 

relation to specific animal contacts. 

 

A further degree of perversion in this direction is reached in a case of 

erotic _zoophilia_, recorded by Krafft-Ebing.[40] In this case a 

congenital neuropath, of good intelligence but delicate and anaemic, with 

feeble sexual powers, had a great love of domestic animals, especially 

dogs and cats, from an early age; when petting them he experienced sexual 

emotions, although he was innocent in sexual matters. At puberty he 


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