Originally Posted by ErikPhan
I think he did, if only because of his age. He hasn't lived in the cellars of the Opera House all his life ( at least not in Leroux ) and he must have seen many women.
I like the novel very much, but to imply that no one had anything to do with Erik because of his ugliness is a point that Leroux continually trips over. Big time. In order to get all of this fame that Leroux speaks of, Erik would not only have seen many women, but interacted with them as well. He would have had to in order to prove he could do all of those wonderful things people spoke of. Women were a vital part of the way of life back then just as they are today. It doesn't make sense that a bunch of men would be the only ones to spread his fame or would be the only ones to talk to him. I like to take this a step further and think that Erik interacted with women and probably children too, with or without his mask.
There are a couple of things that to me, also lend some proof that Erik may had other women. After he kidnaps Christine, he leaves her to buy things for her that will make her comfortable. There's also that extra bedroom in his house, complete with bed and bathroom. Christine was quite comfortable there, enough to bathe, and that implies to me that Erik had a knowledge of women that could not be acquired simply by reading or watching. He had to interact with them to know how to treat them.