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4 Soon after I began to notice the fetishistic structure of Freud’s paper on fetishism, I read some books on footbinding.
Nevertheless, this going from one topic to another is not characteristic of Freud’s literary style, where usually the logical connections between ideas were as important as the ideas themselves. In the first sentence of the next paragraph Freud explains that in all cases of fetishism that he has treated, the purpose of the fetish turned out to be the same: When now I announce that the fetish is a substitute for the penis, I shall certainly create disappointment; so I hasten to add that it is not a substitute for any chance penis, but for a particular and quite special penis that had been extremely important in early childhood but had later been lost.
2 There is a tradition in China that, like psychoanalysis, encourages moving away from the external or material world in order to delve into the internal domain of thought and reflection. However, even within that tradition, silence, meditation, and introspection would be valued at the expense of revealing these thoughts directly to another human being. 4 Soon after I began to notice the fetishistic structure of Freud’s paper on fetishism, I read some books on footbinding.