Le cas de l'amant du bonnet de nuit  

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Le cas de l'amant du bonnet de nuit is a passage in the text "Le fétichisme dans l'amour" by Alfred Binet on a sexual fetish which had as its object a nightcap. The case study originated with Jean-Martin Charcot and Valentin Magnan. The patient had allegedly seen his mother in a nightcap at the age of five. The theory puts the defines childhood experiences as fixation of the fetish. This theory is summarized by Binet's phrase: «On revient toujours à ses premières amours.» We always return to our first loves.

Charcot's and Magnan case study was first mentioned in "Inversion du sens génital, in Archives de neurologie, Revue des maladies nerveuses et mentales, t. III, n°7, 1882, pp. 53-60, and again in "Inversion du sens génital et autres perversions sexuelles (suite)", ibid., t. IV, n°12, 1882, pp. 296-322.

The text was often cited within the Francosphere. Besides the nightcap case, there is the case of the "tablier blanc" (white apron) and the case of the "clous de souliers de femmes" (nails of woman's shoes), also published by Charcot and Magnan. These cases have been designated as "fetichism", next to others such as love for shoes, feet, hands, etc.

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