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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

seek to know; 30 state in addition their own height. The results 

are expressed in the table on the following page. 

 

Although the cases are few, the results are, in two main 

respects, sufficiently clear without multiplication of data. In 

the first place, those who seek parity, whether men or women, are 

in a majority over those who seek disparity. In the second place, 

the existence of any disparity at all is due only to the 

universal desire to find a tall person. Not one man or woman sets 

down shortness as his or her ideal. The very fact that no man in 

these initial announcements ventures to set himself down as short 

(although a considerable proportion describe themselves as tall) 

indicates a consciousness that shortness is undesirable, as also 

does the fact that the women very frequently describe themselves 

as tall. 

 

The same charm of disparity which has been supposed to rule in selective 

attraction as regards stature has also been assumed as regards 

pigmentation. The fair, it is said, are attracted to the dark, the dark to 

the fair. Again, it must be said that this common assumption is not 

confirmed either by introspection or by any attempt to put the matter on a 

statistical basis.[174] 

 

WOMEN. MEN. TOTALS. 

 

Tall women seek tall men.. 8 Tall men seek tall women.. 6 14 

Short women seek short men 0 Short men seek short women 0 0 

Medium-sized women seek Medium-sized men seek 

medium-sized men ....... 0 medium-sized women .... 3 3 

 

Seek parity........... 8 Seek parity........... 9 17 

 

Tall women seek short men. 0 Tall men seek short women. 0 0 

Short women seek tall men. 4 Short men seek tall women. 0 4 

Medium-sized woman seeks Medium-sized men seek tall 

tall man................ 1 women .................. 8 9 

 

Seek disparity........ 5 Seek disparity........ 8 13 

 

Men of unknown height seek 

tall women.............. 5 5 

 

Most people who will carefully introspect their own feelings and ideals in 

this matter will find that they are not attracted to persons of the 

opposite sex who are strikingly unlike themselves in pigmentary 

characters. Even when the abstract ideal of a sexually desirable person 

is endowed with certain pigmentary characters, such as blue eyes or 

darkness,--either of which is liable to make a vaguely romantic appeal to 

the imagination,--it is usually found, on testing the feeling for 

particular persons, that the variation from the personal type of the 

subject is usually only agreeable within narrow limits, and that there is 

a very common tendency for persons of totally opposed pigmentary types, 

even though they may sometimes be considered to possess a certain aesthetic 

beauty, to be regarded as sexually unattractive or even repulsive. With 


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