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A correspondent who has always taken a special interest in the
condition as regards hairiness of the women to whom he has been
attracted, has sent me notes concerning a series of 12 women. It
may be gathered from these notes that 5 women were neither
markedly sexual nor markedly hairy (either as regards head or
pubes), 6 cases both hairy and sexual, 1 was sexual and not
hairy, none were hairy and not sexual. My correspondent remarks:
"There may be women with scanty pubic hair possessing very strong
sexual emotions. My own experience is quite the opposite." He has
also independently reached the conclusion, arrived at by many
medical observers and clearly suggested by some of the facts here
brought together, that profuse hair frequently denotes a neurotic
It may be added that Mirabeau, as we learn from an anecdote told
by an eyewitness and recorded by Legouve, had a very hairy chest,
while the same is recorded of Restif de la Bretonne.
It is a very ancient and popular belief that if a hairy man is not sensual
he is strong: _vir pilosus aut libidinosus aut fortis_. The Greeks
insisted on the hairy nates of Hercules, and Ninon de l'Enclos, when the
great Conde shared her bed without touching her, remarked, on seeing his
hairy body: "Ah, Monseigneur, que vous devez etre fort!" It may be doubted
whether there is any exact parallelism between muscular strength and
hairiness, for strength is largely a matter of training, but there can be
no doubt that hairiness really tends to be associated with a generally
vigorous development of the body.
Although the observations concerning hairiness of body as an index of
vigor, whether sexual or only generally physical, are so ancient, until
recent years no attempts have been made to demonstrate on a large scale
whether there is actually a correlation between hairiness and sexual or
general development of the body. Some importance, therefore, attaches to
Ammon's careful observations of many thousand conscripts in Baden. These
observations fully justify this ancient belief, since they show that on
the one hand the size of the testicles, and on the other hand girth of
chest and stature, are correlated with hairiness of body.
Ammon's observations were made on nearly 4000 conscripts of the
age of 20. From the point of view of the hairy system he divided
them, into four classes:--
I. To which 6.1 per cent, of the men belonged, with smooth
II. Including 25.3 per cent., only slight hairiness.
III. 53.8 per cent., more developed hairy system, but belly,
breast and back smooth.
IV. 14.7 per cent., hair all over body.
V. 0.1 per cent., extreme cases of hairiness.
The beardless were 12.1 per cent., those with no axillary hair 9
per cent., those with no hair on pubis 0.4 per cent. This
corresponds with the fact that hair appears first on the pubis
and last on the chin.
In the first class 69 per cent, were beardless, 54 per cent,
without any axillary hair and 6 per cent, without pubic hair. In
the second class 24 per cent, were beardless, 17 per cent,
without axillary hair. In the third class 3 per cent, were
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