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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

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. 

 

I will repeat, then, and I trust you will agree with me on this point: 

sexual attraction is the foundation of all love between the opposite 

sexes. Where sexual attraction is lacking you can give the feeling any 

other name you choose: it will not be love. 

 

=Other Requisites.= But a foundation is not a whole structure. To 

insure the stability of a high intricate building we must give it a 

good solid foundation; but the foundation does not make the building. 

That still remains to be built. So sexual attraction is the foundation 

of all love, but it does _not_ constitute love. Many more factors, 

many more wonderful stones are needed before the wonderful structure 

called love is brought into existence. This wonderful structure 

sometimes goes up in the twinkling of an eye, as if by the touch of a 

magic wand--who has not seen or heard of instances of "love at first 

sight!"--but the rapidity of the growth of the structure called Love 

does not militate against our assertion that many stones, much 

variegated material, and a strong cement are needed for its 

completion. Fairies sometimes work very quickly. 

 

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. Cats are not particular in the choice of 

their mates, nor are cows, horses, etc. 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. If the male 

of a low race has some preference, it will be in favor of the woman 

who happens to have a little property. 


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