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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

illustrious physiologist,--but also caused it to reveal its sex 

by laying an egg." 

 

The sexual significance of tickling is very clearly indicated by the fact 

that the general ticklishness of the body, which is so marked in children 

and in young girls, greatly diminishes, as a rule, after sexual 

relationships have been established. Dr. Gina Lombroso, who investigated 

the cutaneous reflexes, found that both the abdominal and plantar 

reflexes, which are well marked in childhood and in young people between 

the ages of 15 and 18, were much diminished in older persons, and to a 

greater extent in women than in men, to a greater extent in the abdominal 

region than on the soles of the feet;[16] her results do not directly show 

the influence of sexual relationship, but they have an indirect bearing 

which is worth noting. 

 

The difference in ticklishness between the unmarried woman and the married 

woman corresponds to their difference in degree of modesty. Both modesty 

and ticklishness may be said to be characters which are no longer needed. 

From this point of view the general ticklishness of the skin is a kind of 

body modesty. It is so even apart from any sexual significance of 

tickling, and Louis Robinson has pointed out that in young apes, puppies, 

and other like animals the most ticklish regions correspond to the most 

vulnerable spots in a fight, and that consequently in the mock fights of 

early life skill in defending these spots is attained. 

 

In Iceland, according to Margarethe Filhes (as quoted by Max 

Bartels, _Zeitschrift fuer Ethnologie_, 1900, ht. 2-3, p. 57), it 

may be known whether a youth is pure or a maid is intact by their 

susceptibility to tickling. It is considered a bad sign if that 

is lost. 

 

I am indebted to a medical correspondent for the following 

communication: "Married women have told me that they find that 

after marriage they are not ticklish under the arms or on the 

breasts, though before marriage any tickling or touching in these 

regions, especially by a man, would make them jump or get 

hysterical or 'queer,' as they call it. Before coitus the sexual 

energy seems to be dissipated along all the nerve-channels and 

especially along the secondary sexual routes,--the breasts, nape 

of neck, eyebrows, lips, cheeks, armpits, and hair thereon, 

etc.,--but after marriage the surplus energy is diverted from 

these secondary channels, and response to tickling is diminished. 

I have often noted in insane cases, especially mania in 

adolescent girls, that they are excessively ticklish. Again, in 

ordinary routine practice I have observed that, though married 

women show no ticklishness during auscultation and percussion of 

the chest, this is by no means always so in young girls. Perhaps 

ticklishness in virgins is Nature's self-protection against rape 

and sexual advances, and the young girl instinctively wishing to 


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