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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

their wives' genital parts would disgust them, and that they have 

never seen them. 

 

"If the sexual parts cannot be called aesthetic, they have still a 

strong charm for many passionate lovers, of both sexes, though 

not often, I believe, among the unimaginative and the uneducated, 

who are apt to ridicule the organs or to be repelled by them. 

Many women confess that they are revolted by the sight of even a 

husband's complete nudity, though they have no indifference for 

sexual embraces. I think that the stupid bungle of Nature in 

making the generative organs serve as means of relieving the 

bladder has much to do with this revulsion. But some women of 

erotic temperament find pleasure in looking at the penis of a 

husband or lover, in handling it, and kissing it. Prostitutes do 

this in the way of business; some chaste, passionate wives act 

thus voluntarily. This is scarcely morbid, as the mammalia of 

most species smell and lick each others' genitals. Probably 

primitive man did the same." 

 

Brantome (_Vie des Dames Galantes_, Discours II) has some remarks 

to much the same effect concerning the difference between men, 

some of whom take no pleasure in seeing the private parts of 

their wives or mistresses, while others admire them and delight 

to kiss them. 

 

I must add that, however natural or legitimate the attraction of 

the sexual parts may be to either sex, the question of their 

purely aesthetic beauty remains unaffected. 

 

Remy de Gourmont, in a discussion of the aesthetic element in 

sexual beauty, considers that the invisibility of the sexual 

organs is the decisive fact in rendering women more beautiful 

than men. "Sex, which is sometimes an advantage, is always a 

burden and always a flaw; it exists for the race and not for the 

individual. In the human male, and precisely because of his erect 

attitude, sex is the predominantly striking and visible fact, the 

point of attack in a struggle at close quarters, the point aimed 

at from a distance, an obstacle for the eye, whether regarded as 

a rugosity on the surface or as breaking the middle of a line. 

The harmony of the feminine body is thus geometrically much more 

perfect, especially when we consider the male and the female at 

the moment of desire when they present the most intense and 

natural expression of life. Then the woman, whose movements are 

all interior, or only visible by the undulation of her curves, 

preserves her full aesthetic value, while the man, as it were, all 

at once receding toward the primitive state of animality, seems 

to throw off all beauty and become reduced to the simple and 

naked condition of a genital organism." (Remy de Gourmont, 

_Physique de l'Amour_, p. 69.) Remy de Gourmont proceeds, 

however, to point out that man has his revenge after a woman has 


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