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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

always preserving them in a gold casket, is mentioned by 

Brantome. Mantegazza knew a man who kept for many years on his 

desk the skull of his dead mistress, making it his dearest 

companion. "Some," he remarks, "have slept for months and years 

with a book, a garment, a trifle. I once had a friend who would 

spend long hours of joy and emotion kissing a thread of silk 

which _she_ had held between her fingers, now the only relic of 

love." (Mantegazza, _Fisiologia dell' Amore_, cap. X.) In the 

same way I knew a lady who in old age still treasured in her 

desk, as the one relic of the only man she had ever been 

attracted to, a fragment of paper he had casually twisted up in a 

conversation with her half a century before. 

 

The tendency to treasure the relics of a beloved person, more especially 

the garments, is the simplest and commonest foundation of erotic 

symbolism. It is without doubt absolutely normal. It is inevitable that 

those objects which have been in close contact with the beloved person's 

body, and are intimately associated with that person in the lover's mind, 

should possess a little of the same virtue, the same emotional potency. It 

is a phenomenon closely analogous to that by which the relics of saints 

are held to possess a singular virtue. But it becomes somewhat less normal 

when the garment is regarded as essential even in the presence of the 

beloved person.[10] 

 

While an extremely large number of objects and acts may be found to 

possess occasionally the value of erotic symbols, such symbols most 

frequently fall into certain well-defined groups. A vast number of 

isolated objects or acts may be exceptionally the focus of erotic 

contemplation, but the objects and acts which frequently become thus 

symbolic are comparatively few. 

 

It seems to me that the phenomena of erotic symbolism may be most 

conveniently grouped in three great classes, on the basis of the objects 

or acts which arouse them. 

 

I. PARTS OF THE BODY.--_A. Normal:_ Hand, foot, breasts, nates, hair, 

secretions and excretions, etc. 

 

_B. Abnormal:_ Lameness, squinting, pitting of smallpox, etc. Paidophilia 

or the love of children, presbyophilia or the love of the aged, and 

necrophilia or the attraction for corpses, may be included under this 

head, as well as the excitement caused by various animals. 

 

 

II. INANIMATE OBJECTS.[11]--_A. Garments:_ Gloves, shoes and stockings and 

garters, caps, aprons, handkerchiefs, underlinen. 

 

_B. Impersonal Objects:_ Here may be included all the various objects that 

may accidentally acquire the power of exciting sexual feeling in 

auto-erotism. Pygmalionism may also be included. 

 

 

III. ACTS AND ATTITUDES.--_A. Active:_ Whipping, cruelty, exhibitionism. 

_B. Passive:_ Being whipped, experiencing cruelty. Personal odors and the 

sound of the voice may be included under this head. _C. Mixoscopic:_ The 

vision of climbing, swinging, etc. The acts of urination and defecation. 

The coitus of animals. 

 

Although the three main groups into which the phenomena of erotic 

symbolism are here divided may seem fairly distinct, they are yet very 

closely allied, and indeed overlap, so that it is possible, as we shall 

see, for a single complex symbol to fall into all three groups. 


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