“I repeat, sexual, physical attraction is the basis, the foundation of love . . . Love is blind, but Love also sees acutely and penetratingly; it sees things which we who are indifferent cannot see. [Love’s] penetrating vision helps her to see good qualities which are invisible to others. And a homely person may possess certain compensating physical qualities–such as passionate ardor or strong sexual power–which render him or her irresistible to a member of the opposite sex.
But homeliness, ugliness or deformity have their limits, and I challenge anybody to bring forth an authenticated case in which a man fell in love with a woman–or vice versa–who had an enormous tumor on one side of the face, which made her look like a monstrosity, or whose nose was sunk in as a result of lupus or syphilis, or whose cheek was eaten away by cancer. Love under such circumstances is an absolute impossibility, because there is physical aversion here, and physical aversion is fatal to the genesis of love. A man who loved a woman may continue to love her after she has become disfigured by disease, but he cannot fall in love with such a woman.”
–Woman: Her Sex and Love Life
Oh man. Don’t get him started on fatties.
“Yes, love is a woman’s whole life.
Some modern women might object to this. They might say that this was true of the woman of the past, who was excluded from all other avenues of human activity. The woman of the present day has other interests besides those of Love. But I claim that this is true of only a small percentage of women; and in even this small minority of women, social, scientific, or artistic activities cannot take the place of love . . .
Nothing can fill the void made up by the lack of love. The various activities may help cover up the void, to protect it from strange eyes, but they cannot fill it. For essentially women is made for love. Not exclusively but essentially, and a woman who has had no love in her life has been a failure.”
–Woman: Her Sex and Love Life
Really, anyone who reads Cathy on a regular basis already knows this.
“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?