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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

utilization of the sexual excitations obtainable through these channels 

must be considered within the normal range of variation, as we may 

observe, indeed, among many animals. When, however, such contacts of the 

orifices of the body, other than those of the male and female sexual 

organs proper, are used to procure not merely tumescence, but 

detumescence, they become, in the strict and technical sense, perversions. 

They are perversions in exactly the same sense as are the methods of 

intercourse which involve the use of checks to prevent fecundation. The 

aesthetic question, however, remains the same as if we were dealing with 

tumescence. It is necessary that this should be pointed out clearly, even 

at the risk of misapprehension, as confusions are here very common. 

 

The essentially sexual character of the sensitivity of the 

orificial contacts is shown by the fact that it may sometimes be 

accidentally developed even in early childhood. This is well 

illustrated in a case recorded by Fere. A little girl of 4, of 

nervous temperament and liable to fits of anger in which she 

would roll on the ground and tear her clothes, once ran out into 

the garden in such a fit of temper and threw herself on the lawn 

in a half-naked condition. As she lay there two dogs with whom 

she was accustomed to play came up and began to lick the 

uncovered parts of the body. It so happened that as one dog 

licked her mouth the other licked her sexual parts. She 

experienced a shock of intense sensation which she could never 

forget and never describe, accompanied by a delicious tension of 

the sexual organs. She rose and ran away with a feeling of shame, 

though she could not comprehend what had happened. The impression 

thus made was so profound that it persisted throughout life and 

served as the point of departure of sexual perversions, while the 

contact of a dog's tongue with her mouth alone afterward sufficed 

to evoke sexual pleasure. (Fere, _Archives de Neurologie_, 1903, 

No. 90.) 

 

I do not purpose to discuss here either _cunnilingus_ (the 

apposition of the mouth to the female pudendum) or _fellatio_ 

(the apposition of the mouth to the male organ), the agent in the 

former case being, in normal heterosexual relationships, a man, 

in the latter a woman; they are not purely tactile phenomena, but 

involve various other physical and psychic elements. 

_Cunnilingus_ was a very familiar manifestation in classic times, 

as shown by frequent and mostly very contemptuous references in 

Aristophanes, Juvenal, and many other Greek and Roman writers; 

the Greeks regarded it as a Phoenician practice, just as it is 

now commonly considered French; it tends to be especially 

prevalent at all periods of high civilization. _Fellatio_ has 

also been equally well known, in both ancient and modern times, 

especially as practiced by inverted men. It may be accepted that 


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