“A little thought will show clearly that Love is not merely sexual love, not merely a desire to gratify the sexual instinct. If love were merely sexual desire then one member of the opposite sex, or at least one attractive member, would be as good as any other. And indeed in animals and in the lower races, where love as we understand it does not exist, this is the case. To a male dog any female dog is as good as another, and vice versa. And the same is true of the primitive savage races, and even among the lower uneducated classes of so-called civilized races. To the Hottentot, to the Australian bushman or to the Russian peasant one woman is as good as another.”
–Woman: Her Sex and Love Life
Say what you will about the Hottentots–I refuse to believe that Lady and the Tramp weren’t deeply in love.
“Degenerate types of mankind seek and find each other . . . It hastens their elimination. In the case of these individuals, the attraction often arises in the shape of that impulsive emotion known as “love at first sight,” which as we shall see further on, constitutes a symptom more than a manifestation of the sexual instinct.”
—The Sexual Urge: How It Grows or Wanes
Yes, love at first sight is a fact. And according to Prof. Féré, it’s a dirty, filthy fact.
“Nothing is more firmly established than the fact that a person may fall passionately and incurably in love with a person of the opposite sex at the very first sight, in the twinkling of an eye, in the literal sense of the word. One glance may be sufficient. And such a love may exist to the end of life, and may, if reciprocated, lead to supreme happiness, or if unreciprocated to the deepest unhappiness.”
—Woman: Her Sex and Love Life
I would’ve loved to see how this “fact” was scientifically proven. Flashcards? Line-up?