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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

may be looked upon as instances of latent masochism (the motive 

remaining unconscious) in which the _female foot or shoe, as the 

masochist's fetich_, has acquired an independent significance." 

(_Psychopathia Sexualis_, English translation of tenth edition, 

pp. 159, et seq.) "Though Krafft-Ebing may not have cleared up 

the whole matter," Moll remarks, "I regard his deductions 

concerning the connection of foot-and-shoe fetichism to masochism 

as the most important progress that has been made in the 

theoretic study of sexual perversions.... In any case, the 

connection is very frequent." (_Kontraere Sexualempfindung_, third 

edition, p. 306.) 

 

It is quite easy to see that this supposed identity of masochism and 

foot-fetichism forms a seductive theory. It is also undoubtedly true that 

a masochist may very easily be inclined to find in his mistress's foot an 

aid to the ecstatic self-abnegation which he desires to attain.[20] But 

only confusion is attained by any general attempt to amalgamate masochism 

and foot-fetichism. In the broad sense in which erotic symbolism is here 

understood, both masochism and foot-fetichism may be cooerdinated as 

symbolisms; for the masochist his self-humiliating impulses are the symbol 

of ecstatic adoration; for the foot-fetichist his mistress's foot or shoe 

is the concentrated symbol of all that is most beautiful and elegant and 

feminine in her personality. But if in this sense they are cooerdinated, 

they remain entirely distinct and have not even any necessary tendency to 

become merged. Masochism merely simulates foot-fetichism; for the 

masochist the boot is not strictly a symbol, it is only an instrument 

which enables him to carry out his impulse; the true sexual symbol for him 

is not the boot, but the emotion of self-subjection. For the 

foot-fetichist, on the other hand, the foot or the shoe is not a mere 

instrument, but a true symbol; the focus of his worship, an idealized 

object which he is content to contemplate or reverently touch. He has no 

necessary impulse to any self-degrading action, nor any constant emotion 

of subjection. It may be noted that in the very typical case of 

foot-fetichism which is presented to us in the person of Restif de la 

Bretonne (_ante_, p. 18), he repeatedly speaks of "subjecting" the woman 

for whom he feels this fetichistic adoration, and mentions that even when 

still a child he especially admired a delicate and fairy-like girl in this 

respect because she seemed to him easier to subjugate. Throughout life 

Restif's attitude toward women was active and masculine, without the 

slightest trace of masochism.[21] 

 

To suppose that a fetichistic admiration of his mistress's foot is due to 

a lover's latent desire to be kicked, is as unreasonable as it would be to 

suppose that a fetichistic admiration for her hand indicated a latent 

desire to have his ears boxed. In determining whether we are concerned 

with a case of foot-fetichism or of masochism we must take into 

consideration the whole of the subject's mental and emotional attitude. An 

act, however definite, will not suffice as a criterion, for the same act 

in different persons may have altogether different implications. To 


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