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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

what you have just now done is not so peculiar as you think. One 

may be a very estimable man and yet love women even in what is 

lowliest in their bodies." In harmony with this passage from 

Regnier's novel are the remarks of a correspondent who writes to 

me of the function of urination that it "appeals sexually to most 

normal individuals. My own observations and inquiries prove this. 

Women themselves instinctively feel it. The secrecy surrounding 

the matter lends, too, I think, a sexual interest." 

 

The fact that scatalogic processes may in some degree exert an 

attraction even in normal love has been especially emphasized by 

Bloch (_Beitraege zur AEtiologie der Psychopathia Sexualis_, Teil 

II, pp. 222, et seq.): "The man whose intellect and aesthetic 

sense has been 'clouded by the sexual impulse' sees these things 

in an entirely different light from him who has not been overcome 

by the intoxication of love. For him they are idealized (sit 

venia verbo) since they are a part of the beloved person, and in 

consequence associated with love." Bloch quotes the _Memoiren 

einer Saengerin_ (a book which is said to be, though this seems 

doubtful, genuinely autobiographical) in the same sense: "A man 

who falls in love with a girl is not dragged out of his poetic 

sphere by the thought that his beloved must relieve certain 

natural necessities every day. It seems, indeed, to him to be 

just the opposite. If one loves a person one finds nothing 

obscene or disgusting in the object that pleases me." The 

opposite attitude is probably in extreme cases due to the 

influence of a neurotic or morbidly sensitive temperament. Swift 

possessed such a temperament. The possession of a similar 

temperament is doubtless responsible for the little prose poem, 

"L'Extase," in which Huysmans in his first book, _Le Drageloir a 

Epices_, has written an attenuated version of "Strephon and 

Chloe" to express the disillusionment of love; the lover lies in 

a wood clasping the hand of the beloved with rapturous emotion; 

"suddenly she rose, disengaged her hand, disappeared in the 

bushes, and I heard as it were the rustling of rain on the 

leaves." His dream has fled. 

 

In estimating the significance of the lover's attitude in this matter, it 

is important to realize the position which scatologic conceptions took in 

primitive belief. At certain stages of early culture, when all the 

emanations of the body are liable to possess mysterious magic properties 

and become apt for sacred uses, the excretions, and especially the urine, 

are found to form part of religious ritual and ceremonial function. Even 

among savages the excreta are frequently regarded as disgusting, but under 

the influence of these conceptions such disgust is inhibited, and those 

emanations of the body which are usually least honored become religious 

symbols. 

 

Urine has been regarded as the original holy water, and many 

customs which still survive in Italy and various parts of Europe, 

involving the use of a fluid which must often be yellow and 

sometimes salt, possibly indicate the earlier use of urine. (The 


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