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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

organ, richly supplied with nerves and vessels, which, under the 

stimulation of the infant's lips--or any similar compression, and even 

under the influence of emotion or cold,--becomes firm and projects, mainly 

as a result of muscular contraction; for, unlike the penis and the 

clitoris, the nipple contains no true erectile tissue and little capacity 

for vascular engorgement.[19] We must then suppose that an impetus tends 

to be transmitted through the spinal cord to the sexual organs, setting up 

a greater or less degree of nervous and muscular excitement with uterine 

contraction. These being the objective manifestations, what manifestations 

are to be noted on the subjective side? 

 

It is a remarkable proof of the general indifference with which in Europe 

even the fairly constant and prominent characteristics of the psychology 

of women have been treated until recent times that, so far as I am 

aware,--though I have made no special research to this end,--no one before 

the end of the eighteenth century had recorded the fact that the act of 

suckling tends to produce in women voluptuous sexual emotions. Cabanis in 

1802, in the memoir on "Influence des Sexes" in his _Rapports du Physique 

et du Moral de l'Homme_, wrote that several suckling women had told him 

that the child in sucking the breast made them experience a vivid 

sensation of pleasure, shared in some degree by the sexual organs. There 

can be no doubt that in healthy suckling women this phenomenon is 

exceedingly common, though in the absence of any methodical and precise 

investigation it cannot be affirmed that it is experienced by every woman 

in some degree, and it is highly probable that this is not the case. One 

lady, perfectly normal, states that she has had stronger sexual feelings 

in suckling her children than she has ever experienced with her husband, 

but that so far as possible she has tried to repress them, as she regards 

them as brutish under these circumstances. Many other women state 

generally that suckling is the most delicious physical feeling they have 

ever experienced. In most cases, however, it does not appear to lead to a 

desire for intercourse, and some of those who make this statement have no 

desire for coitus during lactation, though they may have strong sexual 

needs at other times. It is probable that this corresponds to the normal 

condition, and that the voluptuous sensations aroused by suckling are 

adequately gratified by the child. It may be added that there are probably 

many women who could say, with a lady quoted by Fere,[20] that the only 

real pleasures of sex they have ever known are those derived from their 

suckling infants. 

 

It is not difficult to see why this normal association of sexual emotion 

with suckling should have come about. It is essential for the preservation 

of the lives of young mammals that the mothers should have an adequate 

motive in pleasurable sensation for enduring the trouble of suckling. The 


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