Such a reversal of values [childhood indifference vs. adulthood disgust] would scarcely be possible if the substances that are expelled from the body were not doomed by their strong smells to share the fate which overtook olfactory stimuli after man adopted the erect posture. Anal erotism, therefore, succumbs in the first instance to the “organic repression” which paved the way to civilization. The existence of the social factor which is responsible for the further transformation of anal erotism is attested by the circumstance that, in spite of all man’s developmental advances, he scarcely finds the smell of his own excreta repulsive, but only that of other people’s. Thus a person who is not clean—who does not hide his excreta—is offending other people; he is showing no consideration for them.
Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. Trans. James Strachey. New York: Norton, 1961: 54 N1.
The lane ran straight up hill, rising higher and higher, with God knows what breakneck descent on the other side. The horse slowed to a walk - the bean-fed horse, as it proved by a thunderous, long, long fart.
‘I beg your pardon,’ said the midshipman in silence.
‘Oh, that’s all right,’ said Diana coldly. ‘I thought it was the horse.’
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