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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

72.) 

 

In a curious case recorded in detail by Moll, a philologist of 

sensitive temperament but sound heredity, who had always been 

fond of flowers, at the age of 21 became engaged to a young lady 

who wore large roses fastened in her jacket; from this time roses 

became to him a sexual fetich, to kiss them caused erection, and 

his erotic dreams were accompanied by visions of roses and the 

hallucination of their odor; the engagement was finally broken 

off and the rose-fetichism disappeared (_Untersuchungen ueber 

Libido Sexualis_, bd. i, p. 540). 

 

Such associations may naturally occur in the early experiences of even the 

most normal persons. The degree to which they will influence the 

subsequent life and thought and feeling depends on the degree of the 

individual's morbid emotional receptivity, on the extent to which he is 

hereditarily susceptible of abnormal deviation. Precocity is undoubtedly a 

condition which favors such deviation; a child who is precociously and 

abnormally sensitive to persons of the opposite sex before puberty has 

established the normal channels of sexual desire, is peculiarly liable to 

become the prey of a chance symbolism. All degrees of such symbolism are 

possible. While the average insensitive person may fail to perceive them 

at all, for the more alert and imaginative lover they are a fascinating 

part of the highly charged crystallization of passion. A more nervously 

exceptional person, when once such a symbolism has become firmly 

implanted, may find it an absolutely essential element in the charm of a 

beloved and charming person. Finally, for the individual who is thoroughly 

unsound the symbol becomes generalized; a person is no longer desired at 

all, being merely regarded as an appendage of the symbol, or being 

dispensed with altogether; the symbol is alone desired, and is fully 

adequate to impart by itself complete sexual gratification. While it must 

be considered a morbid state to demand a symbol as an almost essential 

part of the charm of a desired person, it is only in the final condition, 

in which the symbol becomes all-sufficing, that we have a true and 

complete perversion. In the less complete forms of symbolism it is still 

the woman who is desired, and the ends of procreation may be served; when 

the woman is ignored and the mere symbol is an adequate and even preferred 

stimulus to detumescence the pathological condition becomes complete. 

 

Krafft-Ebing regarded shoe-fetichism as, in large measure, a more or less 

latent form of masochism, the foot or the shoe being the symbol of the 

subjection and humiliation which the masochist feels in the presence of 

the beloved object. Moll is also inclined to accept such a connection. 

 

"The very numerous class of boot-and-shoe-fetichists," 

Krafft-Ebing wrote, "forms the transition to the manifestations 

of another independent perversion, i.e., fetichism itself; but it 

stands in closer relationship to the former.... It is highly 

probable, and shown by a correct classification of the observed 

cases, that the majority, and perhaps all of the cases of 

shoe-fetichism, rest upon a basis of more or less conscious 

masochistic desire for self-humiliation.... The majority or all 


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