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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

within reach, and even the big toe--may be taken as objects for sucking. 

Simultaneously, there is also a desire to grasp things, which manifests 

itself in a rhythmical pulling of the ear lobe and which may cause the 

child to grasp a part of another person (generally the ear) for the same 

purpose. The pleasure-sucking is connected with an entire exhaustion of 

attention and leads to sleep or even to a motor reaction in the form of 

an orgasm.[10] Pleasure-sucking is often combined with a rubbing contact 

with certain sensitive parts of the body, such as the breast and 

external genitals. It is by this road that many children go from 

thumb-sucking to masturbation. 

 

Lindner himself has recognized the sexual nature of this action and 

openly emphasized it. In the nursery thumbsucking is often treated in 

the same way as any other sexual "naughtiness" of the child. A very 

strong objection was raised against this view by many pediatrists and 

neurologists which in part is certainly due to the confusion of the 

terms "sexual" and "genital." This contradiction raises the difficult 

question, which cannot be rejected, namely, in what general traits do we 

wish to recognize the sexual manifestations of the child. I believe that 

the association of the manifestations into which we gained an insight 

through psychoanalytic investigation justify us in claiming thumbsucking 

as a sexual activity and in studying through it the essential features 

of the infantile sexual activity. 

 

*Autoerotism.*--It is our duty here to arrange this state of affairs 

differently. Let us insist that the most striking character of this 

sexual activity is that the impulse is not directed against other 

persons but that it gratifies itself on its own body; to use the happy 

term invented by Havelock Ellis, we will say that it is autoerotic.[11] 

 

It is, moreover, clear that the action of the thumbsucking child is 

determined by the fact that it seeks a pleasure which has already been 

experienced and is now remembered. Through the rhythmic sucking on a 

portion of the skin or mucous membrane it finds the gratification in the 

simplest way. It is also easy to conjecture on what occasions the child 

first experienced this pleasure which it now strives to renew. The first 

and most important activity in the child's life, the sucking from the 

mother's breast (or its substitute), must have acquainted it with this 

pleasure. We would say that the child's lips behaved like an _erogenous 

zone_, and that the excitement through the warm stream of milk was 


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