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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

Clothes," and notably "Julia's Petticoat." "A sweet disorder in the 

dress," he tells us, "kindles in clothes a wantonness;" it is not on the 

garment itself, but on the character of its movement that he insists; on 

the "erring lace," the "winning wave" of the "tempestuous petticoat;" he 

speaks of the "liquefaction" of clothes, their "brave vibration each way 

free," and of Julia's petticoat he remarks with a more specific symbolism 

still, 

 

"Sometimes 'twould pant and sigh and heave, 

As if to stir it scarce had leave; 

But having got it, thereupon, 

'Twould make a brave expansion." 

 

In the play of the beloved woman's garment, he sees the whole process of 

the central act of sex, with its repressions and expansions, and at the 

sight is himself ready to "fall into a swoon." 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[13] G. Stanley Hall, _Adolescence_, vol. ii, p. 113. It will be noted 

that the hand does not appear among the parts of the body which are 

normally of supreme interest. An interest in the hand is by no means 

uncommon (it may be noted, for instance, in the course of History XII in 

Appendix B to vol. iii of these _Studies_), but the hand does not possess 

the mystery which envelops the foot, and hand-fetichism is very much less 

frequent than foot-fetichism, while glove-fetichism is remarkably rare. An 

interesting case of hand-fetichism, scarcely reaching morbid intensity, is 

recorded by Binet, _Etudes de Psychologie Experimentale_, pp. 13-19; and 

see Krafft-Ebing, _Op. cit._, pp. 214 et seq. 

 

[14] _Memoires_, vol. i, Chapter VII. 

 

[15] Among leading English novelists Hardy shows an unusual but by no 

means predominant interest in the feet and shoes of his heroines; see, 

e.g., the observations of the cobbler in _Under the Greenwood Tree_, 

Chapter III. A chapter in Goethe's _Wahlverwandtschaften_ (Part I, Chapter 

II) contains an episode involving the charm of the foot and the kissing of 

the beloved's shoe. 

 

[16] Schinz, "Philosophie des Conventions Sociales," _Revue 

Philosophique_, June, 1903, p. 626. Mirabeau mentions in his _Erotika 

Biblion_ that modern Greek women sometimes use their feet to provoke 

orgasm in their lovers. I may add that simultaneous mutual masturbation by 

means of the feet is not unknown to-day, and I have been told by an 

English shoe-fetichist that he at one time was accustomed to practice this 

with a married lady (Brazilian)--she with slippers on and he without--who 

derived gratification equal to his own. 

 

[17] Jacoby (loc. cit. pp. 796-7) gives a large number of references to 

Ovid's works bearing on this point. "In reading him," he remarks, "one is 

inclined to say that the psychology of the Romans was closely allied to 

that of the Chinese." 

 

[18] R. Kleinpaul, _Sprache ohne Worte_, p. 308. See also Moll, _Kontraere 

Sexualempfindung_, third edition, pp. 306-308. Bloch brings together many 

interesting references bearing on the ancient sexual and religious 

symbolism of the shoe, _Beitraege zur AEtiologie der Psychopathia, 

Sexualis_, Teil II, p. 324. 

 

[19] Jacoby (loc. cit. p. 797) appears to regard shoe-fetichism as a true 

atavism: "The sexual adoration of feminine foot-gear," he concludes, 

"perhaps the most enigmatic and certainly the most singular of 


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