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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

of the sexual object are therefore also called "attractions." This 

attraction is on the one hand already connected with pleasure, and on 

the other hand it either results in an increase of the sexual excitation 

or in an evocation of the same where it is still wanting. The effect is 

the same if the excitation of another erogenous zone, _e.g._, the 

touching hand, is added to it. There is on the one hand the feeling of 

pleasure which soon becomes enhanced by the pleasure from the 

preparatory changes, and on the other hand there is a further increase 

of the sexual tension which soon changes into a most distinct feeling of 

displeasure if it cannot proceed to more pleasure. Another case will 

perhaps be clearer; let us, for example, take the case where an 

erogenous zone, like a woman's breast, is excited by touching in a 

person who is not sexually excited at the time. This touching in itself 

evokes a feeling of pleasure, but it is also best adapted to awaken 

sexual excitement which demands still more pleasure. How it happens that 

the perceived pleasure evokes the desire for greater pleasure, that is 

the real problem. 

 

*Fore-pleasure Mechanism.*--But the role which devolves upon the 

erogenous zones is clear. What applies to one applies to all. They are 

all utilized to furnish a certain amount of pleasure through their own 

proper excitation, which increases the tension, and which is in turn 

destined to produce the necessary motor energy in order to bring to a 

conclusion the sexual act. The last part but one of this act is again a 

suitable excitation of an erogenous zone; _i.e._, the genital zone 

proper of the glans penis is excited by the object most fit for it, the 

mucous membrane of the vagina, and through the pleasure furnished by 

this excitation it now produces reflexly the motor energy which conveys 

to the surface the sexual substance. This last pleasure is highest in 

its intensity, and differs from the earliest ones in its mechanism. It 

is altogether produced through discharge, it is altogether gratification 

pleasure and the tension of the libido temporarily dies away with it. 

 

It does not seem to me unjustified to fix by name the distinction in the 

nature of these pleasures, the one through the excitation of the 

erogenous zones, and the other through the discharge of the sexual 

substance. In contradistinction to the end-pleasure, or pleasure of 

gratification of sexual activity, we can properly designate the first as 

_fore-pleasure_. The fore-pleasure is then the same as that furnished by 

the infantile sexual impulse, though on a reduced scale; while the 


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