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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

them as a sign of manhood and strength and consider them as 

especially handsome. They look upon them, indeed, as a great and 

highly prized treasure." (J. Batchelor, _The Ainu and their 

Folklore_, p. 162.) 

 

A great many theories have been put forward to explain the 

Chinese fashion of compressing and deforming the foot. The 

Chinese are great admirers of the feminine foot, and show 

extreme sexual sensitiveness in regard to it. Chinese women 

naturally possess very small feet, and the main reason for 

binding them is probably to be found in the desire to make them 

still smaller. (See, e.g., Stratz, _Die Frauenkleidung_, 1904, p. 

101.) 

 

An interesting question, which in part finds its explanation here and is 

of considerable significance from the point of view of sexual selection, 

concerns the relative admiration bestowed on blondes and brunettes. The 

question is not, indeed, one which is entirely settled by racial 

characteristics. There is something to be said on the matter from the 

objective standpoint of aesthetic considerations. Stratz, in a chapter on 

beauty of coloring in woman, points out that fair hair is more beautiful 

because it harmonizes better with the soft outlines of woman, and, one may 

add, it is more brilliantly conspicuous; a golden object looks larger than 

a black object. The hair of the armpit, also, Stratz considers should be 

light. On the other hand, the pubic hair should be dark in order to 

emphasize the breadth of the pelvis and the obtusity of the angle between 

the mons veneris and the thighs. The eyebrows and eyelashes should also be 

dark in order to increase the apparent size of the orbits. Stratz adds 

that among many thousand women he has only seen one who, together with an 

otherwise perfect form, has also possessed these excellencies in the 

highest measure. With an equable and matt complexion she had blonde, very 

long, smooth hair, with sparse, blonde, and curly axillary hair; but, 

although her eyes were blue, the eyebrows and eyelashes were black, as 

also was the not overdeveloped pubic hair.[154] 

 

We may accept it as fairly certain that, so far as any objective standard 

of aesthetic beauty is recognizable, that standard involves the supremacy 

of the fair type of woman. Such supremacy in beauty has doubtless been 

further supported by the fact that in most European countries the ruling 

caste, the aristocratic class, whose superior energy has brought it to the 

top, is somewhat blonder than the average population. 

 

The main cause, however, in determining the relative amount of admiration 

accorded in Europe to blondes and to brunettes is the fact that the 

population of Europe must be regarded as predominantly fair, and that our 

conception of beauty in feminine coloring is influenced by an instinctive 

desire to seek this type in its finest forms. In the north of Europe there 

can, of course, be no question concerning the predominant fairness of the 


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