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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

p. 101) that the success of the Chinese in dwarfing trees may 

have suggested a similar attempt in regard to women's feet, and 

adds that in any case both dwarfed trees and bound feet bear 

witness in the Mongolian to the same love for small and elegant, 

not to say deformed, things. For a Chinaman the deformed foot is 

a "golden water-lily." 

 

Many facts (together with illustrations) bearing on Chinese 

deformation of the foot will be found in Ploss, _Das Weib_, vol. 

i, Section IV. 

 

The significance of the sexual emotion aroused by the female foot in China 

and the origin of its compression begin to become clear when we realize 

that this foot-fetichism is merely an extreme development of a tendency 

which is fairly well marked among nearly all the peoples of yellow race. 

Jacoby, who has brought together a number of interesting facts bearing on 

the sexual significance of the foot, states that a similar tendency is to 

be found among the Mongol and Turk peoples of Siberia, and in the east and 

central parts of European Russia, among the Permiaks, the Wotiaks, etc. 

Here the woman, at all events when young, has always her feet, as well as 

head, covered, however little clothing she may otherwise wear. 

 

"On hot nights or on baking days," Jacoby states, "you may see 

these women with uncovered breasts, or even entirely naked 

without embarrassment, but you will never see them with bare 

feet, and no male relations, except the husband, will ever see 

the feet and lower part of the legs of the women in the house. 

These women have their modesty in their feet, and also their 

coquetry; to unbind the feet of a woman is for a man a voluptuous 

act, and the touch of the bands produces the same effect as a 

corset still warm from a woman's body on a European man. A 

woman's beauty, that which attracts and excites a man, lies in 

her foot; in Mordvin love poems celebrating the beauty of women 

there is much about her attire, especially her embroidered 

chemise, but as regards the charms of her person the poet is 

content to state that 'her feet are beautiful;' with that 

everything is said. The young peasant woman of the central 

provinces as part of her holiday raiment puts on great woolen 

stockings which come up to the groin and are then folded over to 

below the knee. To uncover the feet of a person of the opposite 

sex is a sexual act, and has thus become the symbol of sexual 

possession, so that the stocking or foot-gear became the emblem 

of marriage, as later the ring. (It was so among the Jews, as we 

see in the book of _Ruth_, Chapter III, v. 4, and Chapter IV, vv. 

7 and 8). St. Vladimir the Great asked in marriage the daughter 

of Prince Rogvold; as Vladimir's mother had been a serf, the 

princess proudly replied that she 'would not uncover the feet of 

a slave.' At the present time in the east of Russia when a young 

girl tries to find out by divination whom she will have as a 

husband the traditional formula is 'Come and take my stockings 

off.' Among the populations of the north and east, it is 

sometimes the bride who must do this for her husband on the 


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