Taboo and Genetics eBook

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is taken into consideration, it is obvious that there must be a certain disharmony between personal inclinations and social standards.  Because the power of the group control is very great, its members usually repress emotions which are not in accord with its regulations, and shape their conduct to meet with its approval.  If such a restriction of the personality and emotional life of the individual is necessary for the welfare of the whole race and for social progress, its existence is entirely justified.  It is our next task, therefore, to determine in what respects a rigid and irrational social control is conducive to human betterment, and wherein, if at all, it fails to achieve this purpose.


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Mating determined by unconscious psychological motives instead of eugenic considerations; Some of the best male and female stock refusing marriage and parenthood; The race is reproduced largely by the inferior and average stocks and very little by the superior stock; As a therapeutic measure, society should utilize psychological knowledge as a new method of control; Romantic love and conjugal love—­a new ideal of love; The solution of the conflict between individual and group interests.

From the viewpoint of group welfare, the present psychological situation of human reproductive activities undoubtedly has its detrimental aspects.  As we have seen, the choice of a mate is determined by irrational motives which lie far below the levels of consciousness.  These unconscious factors which govern sexual selection far outweigh the more rational considerations of modern eugenic thought.  The marks of personal beauty around which romantic love centres and which therefore play a prominent part in mating are not necessarily indicative of physical and mental health that will insure the production of sound offspring.  The modern standards of beauty (at least in so far as feminine loveliness is concerned) have gone far from the ancient Grecian type of physical perfection.  Influenced perhaps by the chivalric ideals of “the lady,” the demand is rather for a delicate and fragile prettiness which has come to be regarded as the essence of femininity.  The robust, athletic girl must preserve this “feminine charm” in the midst of her wholesome outdoor life, else she stands in great danger of losing her erotic attraction.

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