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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

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 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. 

 

 

In approaching the specifically sexual aspect of odor in the human species 

we may start from the fundamental fact--a fact we seek so far as possible 

to disguise in our ordinary social relations--that all men and women are 

odorous. This is marked among all races. The powerful odor of many, though 

not all, negroes is well known; it is by no means due to uncleanly habits, 

and Joest remarks that it is even increased by cleanliness, which opens 

the pores of the skin; according to Sir H. Johnston, it is most marked in 

the armpits and is stronger in men than in women. Pruner Bey describes it 

as "ammoniacal and rancid; it is like the odor of the he-goat." The odor 

varies not only individually, but according to the tribe; Castellani 

states that the negress of the Congo has merely a slight "_gout de 

noisette_" which is agreeable rather than otherwise. Monbuttu women, 

according to Parke, have a strong Gorgonzola perfume, and Emin told Parke 

that he could distinguish the members of different tribes by their 

characteristic odor. In the same way the Nicobarese, according to Man, can 

distinguish a member of each of the six tribes of the archipelago by 

smell. The odor of Australian blacks is less strong than that of negroes 

and has been described as of a phosphoric character. The South American 

Indians, d'Orbigny stated, have an odor stronger than that of Europeans, 

though not as strong as most negroes; it is marked, Latcham states, even 

among those who, like the Araucanos, bathe constantly. The Chinese have a 

musky odor. The odor of many peoples is described as being of garlic.[30] 

 

A South Sea Islander, we are told by Charles de Varigny, on coming to 


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