Studies in the Psychology of Sex - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483199993, 9781483225029

Studies in the Psychology of Sex

1st Edition

Volume 2

Authors: Havelock Ellis
eBook ISBN: 9781483225029
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1937
Page Count: 760
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Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume II presents studies that explore the psychology of sex by addressing topics ranging from erotic symbolism and the mechanism of detumescence to the psychic state in pregnancy. Eonism and sex in relation to society are also discussed.

Divided into three parts, this volume first deals with erotic symbolism, focusing on erotic fetishism such as foot-fetishism and shoe-fetishism, and scatalogic symbolism. The reader is then introduced to the mechanism and object of detumescence; the constituents of semen; and the aptitude for detumescence. Erogenous zones and erection and mucous emission in women are also considered. The final section is devoted to the psychic state in pregnancy and pays particular attention to the relationship of maternal and sexual emotion; conception and loss of virginity; the pervading effects of pregnancy; the longings of pregnant women; and the significance of pregnancy.

This book will be of interest to physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, criminologists, and educators.

Table of Contents

Erotic Symbolism


The Definition of Erotic Symbolism

Symbolism of Act and Symbolism of Object

Erotic Fetichism

Wide Extension of the Symbols of Sex

The Immense Variety of Possible Erotic Fetiches

The Normal Foundations of Erotic Symbolism

Classification of the Phenomena

The Tendency to Idealize the Defects of a Beloved Person

Stendhal's "Crystallization


Foot-Fetichism and Shoe-Fetichism

Wide Prevalence and Normal Basis

Restif de la Bretonne

The Foot a Normal Focus of Sexual Attraction Among Some Peoples

The Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Spaniards, etc.

The Congenital Predisposition in Erotic Symbolism

The Influence of Early Association and Emotional Shock

Shoe-Fetichism in Relation to Masochism

The Two Phenomena Independent Though Allied

The Desire to be Trodden On

The Fascination of Physical Constraint

The Symbolism of Self-Inflicted Pain

The Dynamic Element in Erotic Symbolism

The Symbolism of Garments


Scatalogic Symbolism



The Ascetic Attitude Towards the Flesh

Normal Basis of Scatalogic Symbolism Scatalogic Conceptions Among Primitive Peoples

Urine as a Primitive Holy Water

Sacredness of Animal Excreta

Scatalogy in Folk-Lore

The Obscene as Derived from the Mythological

The Immature Sexual Impulse Tends to Manifest Itself in Scatalogic Forms

The Basis of Physiological Connection Between the Urinary and Genital Spheres

Urinary Fetichism Sometimes Normal in Animals

The Urolagnia of Masochists

The Seatalogy of Saints, Urolagnia More Often a Symbolism of Act Than a Symbolism of Object

Only Occasionally an Olfactory Fetichism

Comparative Rarity of Coprolagnia

Influence of Nates Fetichism as a Transition to Coprolagnia

Ideal Copro-


The Object of Detumescence

Erogenous Zones

The Lips

The Vascular Characters of Detumescence

Erectile Tissue

Erection in Woman

Mucous Emission in Women

Sexual Connection

The Human Mode of Intercourse

Normal Variations

The Motor Characters of Detumescence


The Virile Reflex

The Greneral Phenomena of Detumescence

The Circulatory and Respiratory Phenomena

Blood Pressure

Cardiac Disturbance

Glandular Activity. Distillatio

The Essentially Motor Character of Detumescence

Involuntary Muscular Irradiation to Bladder, etc.

Erotic Intoxication

Analogy of Sexual Detumescence and Vesical Tension

The Specifically Sexual Movements of Detumescence in Man

In Woman

The Spontaneous Movements of the Genital Canal in Woman

Their Function in Conception

Part Played by Active Movement of the Spermatozoa

The Artificial Injection of Semen

The Facial Expression During Detumescence

The Expression of Joy

The Occasional Serious Effects of Coitus


The Constituents of Semen

Function of the Prostate

The Properties of Semen


Alcohol, Opium, etc.


The Stimulant Influence of Semen in Coitus

The Internal Effects of Testicular Secretions

The Influence of Ovarian Secretion


The Aptitude for Detumeseenee

Is There an Erotic Temperament?

The Available Standards of Comparison

Characteristics of the Castrated

Characteristics of Puberty

Characteristics of the State of Detumescence

Shortness of Stature

Development of the Secondary Sexual Characters

Deep Voice

Bright Eyes

Glandular Activity

Everted Lips


Profuse Hair

Dubious Significance of Many of These Characters

The Psychic State in Pregnancy

The Relationship of Maternal and Sexual Emotion

Conception and Loss of Virginity

The Anciently Accepted Signs of This Condition

The Pervading Effects of Pregnancy on the Organism


The Blood and Circulation

The Thyroid

Changes in the Nervous System

The Vomiting of Pregnancy

The Longings of Pregnant Women

Mental Impressions

Evidence for and Against Their Validity

The Question Still Open

Imperfection of Our Knowledge

The Significance of Pregnancy


Histories of Sexual Development

Index of Authors

Index of Subjects


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