Main  Contacts  
Table of contents
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

masochism or even mixoscopy is involved. For information on some 

of the points mentioned above see, e.g., I. Bloch, _Beitraege zur 

AEtiologie der Psychopathia Sexualis_, Teil I, pp. 200 _et seq._; 

Teil II, pp. 195 et seq. 

 

Wide, however, as is the appeal of beauty in sexual selection, it cannot 

be said to cover by any means the whole of the visual field in its sexual 

relationship. Beauty in the human species is, above all, a feminine 

attribute, making its appeal to men. Even for women, as has already been 

noted, beauty is still a feminine quality, which they usually admire, and 

in cases of inversion worship with an ardor which equals, if it does not 

surpass, that experienced by normal men. But the normal woman experiences 

no corresponding cult for the beauty of man. The perfection of the body of 

man is not behind that of woman in beauty, but the study of it only 

appeals to the artist or the aesthetician; it arouses sexual enthusiasm 

almost exclusively in the male sexual invert. Whatever may be the case 

among animals or even among savages, in civilization the man is most 

successful with women is not the most handsome man, and may be the 

reverse of handsome.[169] The maiden, according to the old saying, who has 

to choose between Adonis and Hercules, will turn to Hercules. 

 

A correspondent writes: "Men are generally attracted in the first 

instance by a woman's beauty, either of face or figure. 

Frequently this is the highest form of love they are capable of. 

Personally, my own love is always prompted by this. In the case 

of my wife there was certainly a leaven of friendship and moral 

sympathies but these alone would never have been translated into 

love had she not been young and good-looking. Moreover, I have 

felt intense passion for other women, in my relations with whom 

the elements of moral or mental sympathy have not entered. And 

always, as youth and beauty went, I believe I should transfer my 

love to some one else. 

 

"Now, in woman I fancy this element of beauty and youth does not 

enter so much. I have questioned a large number of women--some 

married, some unmarried, young and old ladies, shopgirls, 

servants, prostitutes, women whom I have known only as friends, 

others with whom I have had sexual relations--and I cannot 

recollect one instance when a woman said she had fallen in love 

with a man for his looks. The nearest approach to any sign of 

this was in the instance of one, who noticed a handsome man 

sitting near us in a hotel, and said to me: 'I should like him to 

kiss me.' 

 

"I have also noticed that women do not like looking at my body, 

when naked, as I like looking at theirs. My wife has, on a few 

occasions, put her hand over my body, and expressed pleasure at 

the feeling of my skin. (I have very fair, soft skin.) But I have 

never seen women exhibit the excitement that is caused in me by 


Page 4 from 7:  Back   1   2   3  [4]  5   6   7   Forward