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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

the methods by which it may be most precisely measured. It is 

fundamentally a psychological process, and should be approached from the 

psychological side. This is the reason for dealing with it here. Obscure 

as the psychological aspects of sexual selection still remain, they are 

full of fascination, for they reveal to us the more intimate sides of 

human evolution, of the process whereby man is molded into the shapes we 

know. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

Carbis Water, 

 

Lelant, Cornwall, England. 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS. 

 

 

SEXUAL SELECTION IN MAN. 

 

The External Sensory Stimuli Affecting Selection in Man. The Four Senses 

Involved. 

 

 

TOUCH. 

 

I. 

 

The Primitive Character of the Skin. Its Qualities. Touch the Earliest 

Source of Sensory Pleasure. The Characteristics of Touch. As the Alpha and 

Omega of Affection. The Sexual Organs a Special Adaptation of Touch. 

Sexual Attraction as Originated by Touch. Sexual Hyperaesthesia to Touch. 

The Sexual Associations of Acne. 

 

II. 

 

Ticklishness. Its Origin and Significance. The Psychology of Tickling. 

Laughter. Laughter as a Kind of Detumescence. The Sexual Relationships of 

Itching. The Pleasure of Tickling. Its Decrease with Age and Sexual 

Activity. 

 

III. 

 

The Secondary Sexual Skin Centres. Orificial Contacts. Cunnilingus and 

Fellatio. The Kiss. The Nipples. The Sympathy of the Breasts with the 

Primary Sexual Centres. This Connection Operative both through the Nerves 

and through the Blood. The Influence of Lactation on the Sexual Centres. 

Suckling and Sexual Emotion. The Significance of the Association between 

Suckling and Sexual Emotion. The Association as a Cause of Sexual 

Perversity. 

 

IV. 

 

The Bath. Antagonism of Primitive Christianity to the Cult of the Skin. 

Its Cult of Personal Filth. The Reasons which Justified this Attitude. The 

World-wide Tendency to Association between Extreme Cleanliness and Sexual 

Licentiousness. The Immorality Associated with Public Baths in Europe down 

to Modern Times. 

 

V. 

 

Summary. Fundamental Importance of Touch. The Skin the Mother of All the 

Other Senses. 

 

 

SMELL. 

 

I. 

 

The Primitiveness of Smell. The Anatomical Seat of the Olfactory Centres. 

Predominance of Smell among the Lower Mammals. Its Diminished Importance 

in Man. The Attention Paid to Odors by Savages. 

 

II. 

 

Rise of the Study of Olfaction. Cloquet. Zwaardemaker. The Theory of 

Smell. The Classification of Odors. The Special Characteristics of 

Olfactory Sensation in Man. Smell as the Sense of Imagination. Odors as 

Nervous Stimulants. Vasomotor and Muscular Effects. Odorous Substances as 

Drugs. 

 

III. 

 

The Specific Body Odors of Various Peoples. The Negro, etc. The European. 

The Ability to Distinguish Individuals by Smell. The Odor of Sanctity. The 

Odor of Death. The Odors of Different Parts of the Body. The Appearance of 

Specific Odors at Puberty. The Odors of Sexual Excitement. The Odors of 

Menstruation. Body Odors as a Secondary Sexual Character. The Custom of 


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