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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

impassioned lover eager to give a final proof of his or her 

devotion. It must be added that from a scientific point of view 

we are not entitled to take either side. 

 

Of the whole of this group of phenomena, the most typical and the most 

widespread example is certainly the kiss. We have in the lips a highly 

sensitive frontier region between skin and mucous membrane, in many 

respects analogous to the vulvo-vaginal orifice, and reinforcible, 

moreover, by the active movements of the still more highly sensitive 

tongue. Close and prolonged contact of these regions, therefore, under 

conditions favorable to tumescence sets up a powerful current of nervous 

stimulation. After those contacts in which the sexual regions themselves 

take a direct part, there is certainly no such channel for directing 

nervous force into the sexual sphere as the kiss. This is nowhere so well 

recognized as in France, where a young girl's lips are religiously kept 

for her lover, to such an extent, indeed, that young girls sometimes come 

to believe that the whole physical side of love is comprehended in a kiss 

on the mouth; so highly intelligent a woman as Madam Adam has described 

the agony she felt as a girl when kissed on the lips by a man, owing to 

the conviction that she had thereby lost her virtue. Although the lips 

occupy this highly important position as a secondary sexual focus 

in the sphere of touch, the kiss is--unlike _cunnilingus_ and 

_fellatio_--confined to man and, indeed, to a large extent, to civilized 

man. It is the outcome of a compound evolution which had its beginning 

outside the sphere of touch, and it would therefore be out of place to 

deal with the interesting question of its development in this place. It 

will be discussed elsewhere.[18] 

 

There is yet another orificial frontier region which is a highly important 

tactile sexual focus: the nipple. The breasts raise, indeed, several 

interesting questions in their intimate connection with the sexual sphere 

and it may be worth while to consider them at this point. 

 

The breasts have from the present point of view this special significance 

among the sexual centres that they primarily exist, not for the contact of 

the lover, but the contact of the child. This is doubtless, indeed, the 

fundamental fact on which all the touch contacts we are here concerned 

with have grown up. The sexual sensitivity of the lover's lips to 

orificial contacts has been developed from the sensitivity of the infant's 

lips to contact with his mother's nipple. It is on the ground of that 

evolution that we are bound to consider here the precise position of the 

breasts as a sexual centre. 

 

As the great secreting organs of milk, the function of the breasts must 

begin immediately the child is cut off from the nutrition derived from 

direct contact with his mother's blood. It is therefore essential that the 

connection between the sexual organs proper, more especially the womb, and 


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