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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

Comparatively Small. 

 

 

VISION. 

 

I. 

 

Primacy of Vision in Man. Beauty as a Sexual Allurement. The Objective 

Element in Beauty. Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Various Parts of the 

World. Savage Women sometimes Beautiful from European Point of View. 

Savages often Admire European Beauty. The Appeal of Beauty to some Extent 

Common even to Animals and Man. 

 

II. 

 

Beauty to Some Extent Consists Primitively in an Exaggeration of the 

Sexual Characters. The Sexual Organs. Mutilations, Adornments, and 

Garments. Sexual Allurement the Original Object of Such Devices. The 

Religious Element. Unaesthetic Character of the Sexual Organs. Importance 

of the Secondary Sexual Characters. The Pelvis and Hips. Steatopygia. 

Obesity. Gait. The Pregnant Woman as a Mediaeval Type of Beauty. The Ideals 

of the Renaissance. The Breasts. The Corset. Its Object. Its History. 

Hair. The Beard. The Element of National or Racial Type in Beauty. The 

Relative Beauty of Blondes and Brunettes. The General European Admiration 

for Blondes. The Individual Factors in the Constitution of the Idea of 

Beauty. The Love of the Exotic. 

 

III. 

 

Beauty Not the Sole Element in the Sexual Appeal of Vision. Movement. The 

Mirror. Narcissism. Pygmalionism. Mixoscopy. The Indifference of Women to 

Male Beauty. The Significance of Woman's Admiration of Strength. The 

Spectacle of Strength is a Tactile Quality made Visible. 

 

IV. 

 

The Alleged Charm of Disparity in Sexual Attraction. The Admiration for 

High Stature. The Admiration for Dark Pigmentation. The Charm of Parity. 

Conjugal Mating. The Statistical Results of Observation as Regards General 

Appearance, Stature, and Pigmentation of Married Couples. Preferential 

Mating and Assortative Mating. The Nature of the Advantage Attained by the 

Fair in Sexual Selection. The Abhorrence of Incest and the Theories of its 

Cause. The Explanation in Reality Simple. The Abhorrence of Incest in 

Relation to Sexual Selection. The Limits to the Charm of Parity in 

Conjugal Mating. The Charm of Disparity in Secondary Sexual Characters. 

 

V. 

 

Summary of the Conclusions at Present Attainable in Regard to the Nature 

of Beauty and its Relation to Sexual Selection. 

 

 

APPENDIX A. 

 

The Origins of the Kiss. 

 

 

APPENDIX B. 

 

Histories of Sexual Development. 

 

SEXUAL SELECTION IN MAN. 

 

The External Sensory Stimuli Affecting Selection in Man--The Four Senses 

Involved. 

 

 

Tumescence--the process by which the organism is brought into the physical 

and psychic state necessary to insure conjugation and detumescence--to 

some extent comes about through the spontaneous action of internal forces. 

To that extent it is analogous to the physical and psychic changes which 

accompany the gradual filling of the bladder and precede its evacuation. 

But even among animals who are by no means high in the zooelogical scale 

the process is more complicated than this. External stimuli act at every 

stage, arousing or heightening the process of tumescence, and in normal 


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