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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

Salutation by Smell. The Kiss. Sexual Selection by Smell. The Alleged 

Association between Size of Nose and Sexual Vigor. The Probably Intimate 

Relationship between the Olfactory and Genital Spheres. Reflex Influences 

from the Nose. Reflex Influences from the Genital Sphere. Olfactory 

Hallucinations in Insanity as Related to Sexual States. The Olfactive 

Type. The Sense of Smell in Neurasthenic and Allied States. In Certain 

Poets and Novelists. Olfactory Fetichism. The Part Played by Olfaction in 

Normal Sexual Attraction. In the East, etc. In Modern Europe. The Odor of 

the Armpit and its Variations. As a Sexual and General Stimulant. Body 

Odors in Civilization Tend to Cause Sexual Antipathy unless some Degree 

of Tumescence is Already Present. The Question whether Men or Women are 

more Liable to Feel Olfactory Influences. Women Usually more Attentive to 

Odors. The Special Interest in Odors Felt by Sexual Inverts. 

 

IV. 

 

The Influence of Perfumes. Their Aboriginal Relationship to Sexual Body 

Odors. This True even of the Fragrance of Flowers. The Synthetic 

Manufacture of Perfumes. The Sexual Effects of Perfumes. Perfumes perhaps 

Originally Used to Heighten the Body Odors. The Special Significance of 

the Musk Odor. Its Wide Natural Diffusion in Plants and Animals and Man. 

Musk a Powerful Stimulant. Its Widespread Use as a Perfume. Peau 

d'Espagne. The Smell of Leather and its Occasional Sexual Effects. The 

Sexual Influence of the Odors of Flowers. The Identity of many Plant Odors 

with Certain Normal and Abnormal Body Odors. The Smell of Semen in this 

Connection. 

 

V. 

 

The Evil Effects of Excessive Olfactory Stimulation. The Symptoms of 

Vanillism. The Occasional Dangerous Results of the Odors of Flowers. 

Effects of Flowers on the Voice. 

 

VI. 

 

The Place of Smell in Human Sexual Selections. It has given Place to the 

Predominance of Vision largely because in Civilized Man it Fails to Act at 

a Distance. It still Plays a Part by Contributing to the Sympathies or the 

Antipathies of Intimate Contact. 

 

 

HEARING 

 

I. 

 

The Physiological Basis of Rhythm. Rhythm as a Physiological Stimulus. The 

Intimate Relation of Rhythm to Movement. The Physiological Influence of 

Music on Muscular Action, Circulation, Respiration, etc. The Place of 

Music in Sexual Selection among the Lower Animals. Its Comparatively Small 

Place in Courtship among Mammals. The Larynx and Voice in Man. The 

Significance of the Pubertal Changes. Ancient Beliefs Concerning the 

Influence of Music in Morals, Education and Medicine. Its Therapeutic 

Uses. Significance of the Romantic Interest in Music at Puberty. Men 

Comparatively Insusceptible to the Specifically Sexual Influence of Music. 

Rarity of Sexual Perversions on the Basis of the Sense of Hearing. The 

Part of Music in Primitive Human Courtship. Women Notably Susceptible to 

the Specifically Sexual Influence of Music and the Voice. 

 

II. 

 

Summary. Why the Influence of Music in Human Sexual Selection is 


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