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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 Secondary Sexual Skin Centres--Orificial Contacts--Cunnilingus and 

Fellatio--The Kiss--The Nipples--The Sympathy of the Breasts with the 

Primary Sexual Centres--This Connection Operative both through the Nerves 

and through the Blood--The Influence of Lactation on the Sexual 

Centres--Suckling and Sexual Emotion--The Significance of the Association 

between Suckling and Sexual Emotion--This Association as a Cause of Sexual 

Perversity. 

 

 

We have seen that the skin generally has a high degree of sensibility, 

which frequently tends to be in more or less definite association with the 

sexual centres. We have seen also that the central and specific sexual 

sensation, the sexual embrace itself, is, in large measure, a specialized 

kind of skin reflex. Between the generalized skin sensations and the great 

primary sexual centre of sensation there are certain secondary sexual 

centres which, on account of their importance, may here be briefly 

considered. 

 

These secondary centres have in common the fact that they always involve 

the entrances and the exits of the body--the regions, that is, where skin 

merges into mucous membrane, and where, in the course of evolution, 

tactile sensibility has become highly refined. It may, indeed, be said 

generally of these frontier regions of the body that their contact with 

the same or a similar frontier region in another person of opposite sex, 

under conditions otherwise favorable to tumescence, will tend to produce a 

minimum and even sometimes a maximum degree of sexual excitation. Contact 

of these regions with each other or with the sexual region itself so 

closely simulates the central sexual reflex that channels are set up for 

the same nervous energy and secondary sexual centres are constituted. 

 

It is important to remember that the phenomena we are here concerned with 

are essentially normal. Many of them are commonly spoken of as 

perversions. In so far, however, as they are aids to tumescence they must 

be regarded as coming within the range of normal variation. They may be 

considered unaesthetic, but that is another matter. It has, moreover, to be 

remembered that aesthetic values are changed under the influence of sexual 

emotion; from the lover's point of view many things are beautiful which 

are unbeautiful from the point of view of him who is not a lover, and the 

greater the degree to which the lover is swayed by his passion the greater 

the extent to which his normal aesthetic standard is liable to be modified. 

A broad consideration of the phenomena among civilized and uncivilized 

peoples amply suffices to show the fallacy of the tendency, so common 

among unscientific writers on these subjects, to introduce normal aesthetic 

standards into the sexual sphere. From the normal standpoint of ordinary 

daily life, indeed, the whole process of sex is unaesthetic, except the 

earlier stages of tumescence.[17] 

 

So long as they constitute a part of the phase of tumescence, the 


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