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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

The primary sexual characters of man and woman have thus never at any time 

played a very large part in sexual allurement. With the growth of culture, 

indeed, the very methods which had been adopted to call attention to the 

sexual organs were by a further development retained for the purpose of 

concealing them. From the first the secondary sexual characters have been 

a far more widespread method of sexual allurement than the primary sexual 

characters, and in the most civilized countries to-day they still 

constitute the most attractive of such methods to the majority of the 

population. 

 

The main secondary sexual characters in woman and the type which 

they present in beautiful and well-developed persons are 

summarized as follows by Stratz, who in his book on the beauty of 

the body in woman sets forth the reasons for the characteristics 

here given:-- 

 

Delicate bony structure. 

Rounded forms and breasts. 

Broad pelvis. 

Long and abundant hair. 

Low and narrow boundary of pubic hair. 

Sparse hair in armpit. 

No hair on body. 

Delicate skin. 

Rounded skull. 

Small face. 

Large orbits. 

High and slender eyebrows. 

Low and small lower jaw. 

Soft transition from cheek to neck. 

Rounded neck. 

Slender wrist. 

Small hand, with long index finger. 

Rounded shoulders. 

Straight, small clavicle. 

Small and long thorax. 

Slender waist. 

Hollow sacrum. 

Prominent and domed nates. 

Sacral dimples. 

Rounded and thick thighs. 

Low and obtuse pubic arch. 

Soft contour of knee. 

Rounded calves. 

Slender ankle. 

Small toes. 

Long second and short fifth toe. 

Broad middle incisor teeth. 

 

(Stratz, _Die Schoenheit des Weiblichen Koerpers_, fourteenth 

edition, 1903, p. 200. This statement agrees at most points with 

my own exposition of the secondary sexual characters: _Man and 

Woman_, fourth edition, revised and enlarged, 1904.) 

 

Thus we find, among most of the peoples of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the 

chief continents of the world, that the large hips and buttocks of women 

are commonly regarded as an important feature of beauty. This secondary 

sexual character represents the most decided structural deviation of the 

feminine type from the masculine, a deviation demanded by the reproductive 

function of women, and in the admiration it arouses sexual selection is 

thus working in a line with natural selection. It cannot be said that, 

except in a very moderate degree, it has always been regarded as at the 

same time in a line with claims of purely aesthetic beauty. The European 

artist frequently seeks to attenuate rather than accentuate the 

protuberant lines of the feminine hips, and it is noteworthy that the 

Japanese also regard small hips as beautiful. Nearly everywhere else 


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