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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

specific odor of the male sexual organs which she describes as 

fishy has no attraction. A man writes that in his relations with 

women he has never been able to detect that they were influenced 

by the axillary or other specific odors. A woman writes: "To me 

any personal odor, as that of perspiration, is very disagreeable, 

and the healthy _naked_ human body is very free from any odor. 

Fresh perspiration has no disagreeable smell; it is only by 

retention in the clothing that it becomes objectionable. The 

faint smell of smoke which lingers round men who smoke much is 

rather exciting to me, but only when it is _very_ faint. If at 

all strong it becomes disagreeable. As most of the men who have 

attracted me have been great smokers, there is doubtless a direct 

association of ideas. It has only once occurred to me that an 

indifferent unpleasant smell became attractive in connection with 

some particular person. In this case it was the scent of stale 

tobacco, such as comes from the end of a cold cigar or cigarette. 

It was, and is now, very disagreeable to me, but, for the time 

and in connection with a particular person, it seemed to me more 

delightful and exciting than the most delicious perfume. I think, 

however, only a very strong attraction could overcome a dislike 

of this sort, and I doubt if I could experience such a 

twist-round if it had been a personal odor. Stale tobacco, though 

nasty, conveys no mentally disagreeable idea. I mean it does not 

suggest dirt or unhealthiness." 

 

It is probably significant of the somewhat considerable part 

which, in one way or another, odors and perfumes play in the 

emotional life of women, that, of the 4 women whose sexual 

histories are recorded in Appendix B of vol. iii of these 

_Studies_, all are liable to experience sexual effects from 

olfactory stimuli, 3 of them from personal odors (though this 

fact is not in every case brought out in the histories as 

recorded), while of the 8 men not one has considered his 

olfactory experiences in this respect as worthy of mention. 

 

The very marked sexual fascination which odor, associated with 

the men they love, exerts on women has easily passed unperceived, 

since women have not felt called upon to proclaim it. In sexual 

inversion, however, when the woman takes a more active and 

outspoken part than in normal love, it may very clearly be 

traced. Here, indeed, it is often exaggerated, in consequence of 

the common tendency for neurotic and neurasthenic persons to be 

more than normally susceptible to the influence of odors. In the 

majority of inverted women, it may safely be said, the odor of 

the beloved person plays a very considerable part. Thus, one 

inverted woman asks the woman she loves to send her some of her 

hair that she may intoxicate herself in solitude with its perfume 


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