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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

attracted in a certain direction, and undoubtedly has a certain weight in 

sexual choice, is not by any means the whole of sexual selection. It is 

not even the whole of the psychic element in sexual selection. Let us 

take, for instance, the question of stature. There would seem to be a 

general tendency for both men and women, apart from and before experience, 

to desire sexually large persons of the opposite sex. It may even be that 

this is part of a wider zooelogical tendency. In the human species it shows 

itself also on the spiritual plane, in the desire for the infinite, in the 

deep and unreasoning feeling that it is impossible to have too much of a 

good thing. But it not infrequently happens that a man in whose youthful 

dreams of love the heroine has always been large, has not been able to 

calculate what are the special nervous and other characteristics most 

likely to be met in large women, nor how far these correlated 

characteristics would suit his own instinctive demands. He may, and 

sometimes does, find that in these other demands, which prove to be more 

important and insistent than the desire for stature, the tall women he 

meets are less likely to suit him than the medium or short women.[176] It 

may thus happen that a man whose ideal of woman has always been as tall 

may yet throughout life never be in intimate relationship with a tall 

woman because he finds that practically he has more marked affinities in 

the case of shorter women. His abstract ideals are modified or negatived 

by more imperative sympathies or antipathies. 

 

In one field such sympathies have long been recognized, especially by 

alienists, as leading to sexual unions of parity, notwithstanding the 

belief in the generally superior attraction of disparity. It has often 

been pointed out that the neuropathic, the insane and criminal, 

"degenerates" of all kinds, show a notable tendency to marry each other. 

This tendency has not, however, been investigated with any precision.[177] 

 

The first attempt on a statistical basis to ascertain what degree of 

parity or disparity is actually attained by sexual selection was made by 

Alphonse de Candolle.[178] Obtaining his facts from Switzerland, North 

Germany, and Belgium, he came to the conclusion that marriages are most 

commonly contracted between persons with different eye-colors, except in 

the case of brown-eyed women, who (as Schopenhauer stated, and as is seen 

in the English data of the sexual ideal I have brought forward) are found 

more attractive than others. 

 

The first series of serious observations tending to confirm the result 

reached by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and to show that sexual 

selection results in the pairing of like rather than of unlike persons was 

made by Hermann Fol, the embryologist.[179] He set out with the popular 

notion that married people end by resembling each other, but when at Nice, 

which is visited by many young married couples on their honeymoons, he was 


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