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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

finds in her eyes as compared to his own. 

 

But when we go outside the racial field this tendency to homogamy 

disappears at once. A man marries a woman who, with slight, but agreeable, 

variations, belongs to a like stock to himself. The abhorrence of incest 

indicates that even the sexual attraction to people of the same stock has 

its limits, for it is not strong enough to overcome the sexual 

indifference between persons of near kin. The desire for novelty shown in 

this sexual indifference to near kin and to those who have been housemates 

from childhood, together with the notable sexual attractiveness often 

possessed by a strange youth or maiden who arrives in a small town or 

village, indicates that slight differences in stock, if not, indeed, a 

positive advantage from this point of view, are certainly not a 

disadvantage. When we leave the consideration of racial differences to 

consider sexual differences, not only do we no longer find any charm of 

parity, but we find that there is an actual charm of disparity. At this 

point it is necessary to remember all that has been brought forward in 

earlier pages[191] concerning the emphasis of the secondary sexual 

characters in the ideal of beauty. All those qualities which the woman 

desires to see emphasized in the man are the precise opposite of the 

qualities which the man desires to see emphasized in the woman. The man 

must be strong, vigorous, energetic, hairy, even rough, to stir the 

primitive instincts of the woman's nature; the woman who satisfies this 

man must be smooth, rounded, and gentle. It would be hopeless to seek for 

any homogamy between the manly man and the virile woman, between the 

feminine woman and the effeminate man. It is not impossible that this 

tendency to seek disparity in sexual characters may exert some disturbing 

influences on the tendency to seek parity in anthropological racial 

characters, for the sexual difference to some extent makes itself felt in 

racial characters. A somewhat greater darkness of women is a secondary 

(or, more precisely, tertiary) sexual character, and on this account 

alone, it is possible, somewhat attractive to men[192]. A difference in 

size and stature is a very marked secondary sexual character. In the 

considerable body of data concerning the stature of married couples 

reproduced by Pearson from Galton's tables, although the tall on the 

average tend to marry the tall, and the short the short, it is yet 

noteworthy that, while the men of 5 ft. 4 ins. have more wives at 5 ft. 2 

ins. than at any other height, men of 6 ft. show, in an exactly similar 

manner, more wives at 5 ft. 2 ins. than at any other height, although for 

many intermediate heights the most numerous groups of wives are 

taller[193]. 

 

In matters of carriage, habit, and especially clothing the love of sexual 

disparity is instinctive, everywhere well marked, and often carried to 

very great lengths. To some extent such differences are due to the 


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