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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

2. DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM 

 

The union of the genitals in the characteristic act of copulation is 

taken as the normal sexual aim. It serves to loosen the sexual tension 

and temporarily to quench the sexual desire (gratification analogous to 

satisfaction of hunger). Yet even in the most normal sexual process 

those additions are distinguishable, the development of which leads to 

the aberrations described as _perversions_. Thus certain intermediary 

relations to the sexual object connected with copulation, such as 

touching and looking, are recognized as preliminary to the sexual aim. 

These activities are on the one hand themselves connected with pleasure 

and on the other hand they enhance the excitement which persists until 

the definite sexual aim is reached. One definite kind of contiguity, 

consisting of mutual approximation of the mucous membranes of the lips 

in the form of a kiss, has received among the most civilized nations a 

sexual value, though the parts of the body concerned do not belong to 

the sexual apparatus but form the entrance to the digestive tract. This 

therefore supplies the factors which allow us to bring the perversions 

into relation with the normal sexual life, and which are available also 

for their classification. The perversions are either (_a_) anatomical 

_transgressions_ of the bodily regions destined for sexual union, or (_b_) 

a _lingering_ at the intermediary relations to the sexual object which 

should normally be rapidly passed on the way to the definite sexual aim. 

 

 

(_a_) _Anatomical Transgression_ 

 

*Overestimation of the Sexual Object.*--The psychic estimation in which 

the sexual object as a goal of the sexual impulse shares is only in the 

rarest cases limited to the genitals; generally it embraces the whole 

body and tends to include all sensations emanating from the sexual 

object. The same overestimation spreads over the psychic sphere and 

manifests itself as a logical blinding (diminished judgment) in the face 

of the psychic attainments and perfections of the sexual object, as well 

as a blind obedience to the judgments issuing from the latter. The full 

faith of love thus becomes an important, if not the primordial source of 

authority.[14] 

 

It is this sexual overvaluation, which so ill agrees with the 

restriction of the sexual aim to the union of the genitals only, that 

assists other parts of the body to participate as sexual aims.[15] In 

the development of this most manifold anatomical overestimation there is 

an unmistakable desire towards variation, a thing denominated by Hoche 


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