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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

supposition that on one of these early occasions sexual excitement was 

produced by the contact with the stool (in a way that is not infrequent in 

young girls) and that the accidentally associated odor of leather 

permanently affected the nervous system, while the really significant 

contact left no permanent impression. Even on such a supposition it might, 

however, still be maintained that a real potency of the leather odor is 

illustrated by this case, and this is likewise suggested by the fact that 

the same subject is also sexually affected by various perfumes and odorous 

flowers not recalling leather.[70] 

 

It has been suggested to me by a lady that the odor of leather suggests 

that of the sexual organs. The same suggestion is made by Hagen,[72] and I 

find it stated by Gould and Pyle that menstruating girls sometimes smell 

of leather. The secret of its influence may thus be not altogether 

obscure; in the fact that leather is animal skin, and that it may thus 

vaguely stir the olfactory sensibilities which had been ancestrally 

affected by the sexual stimulus of the skin odor lies the probable 

foundation of the mystery. 

 

In the absence of all suggestion of personal or animal odors, in its most 

exquisite forms in the fragrance of flowers, olfactory sensations are 

still very frequently of a voluptuous character. Mantegazza has remarked 

that it is a proof of the close connection between the sense of smell and 

the sexual organs that the expression of pleasure produced by olfaction 

resembles the expression of sexual pleasures.[73] Make the chastest woman 

smell the flowers she likes best, he remarks, and she will close her eyes, 

breathe deeply, and, if very sensitive, tremble all over, presenting an 

intimate picture which otherwise she never shows, except perhaps to her 

lover. He mentions a lady who said: "I sometimes feel such pleasure in 

smelling flowers that I seem to be committing a sin."[74] It is really the 

case that in many persons--usually, if not exclusively, women--the odor of 

flowers produces not only a highly pleasurable, but a distinctly and 

specifically sexual, effect. I have met with numerous cases in which this 

effect was well marked. It is usually white flowers with heavy, 

penetrating odors which exert this influence. Thus, one lady (who is 

similarly affected by various perfumes, forget-me-nots, ylang-ylang, 

etc.) finds that a number of flowers produce on her a definite sexual 

effect, with moistening of the pudenda. This effect is especially produced 

by white flowers like the gardenia, tuberose, etc. Another lady, who lives 

in India, has a similar experience with flowers. She writes: A scent to 

cause me sexual excitement must be somewhat heavy and _penetrating_. 

Nearly all white flowers so affect me and many Indian flowers with heavy, 

almost pungent scents. (All the flower scents are quite unconnected with 

me with any individual.) Tuberose, lilies of the valley, and frangipani 


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