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Introduction
The Feminine Mind-1
The War Between the Sexes-2.1
The War Between the Sexes-2.2
The War Between the Sexes-2.3
Marriage-3.1
Marriage-3.2
Marriage-3.3
Marriage-3.4
Woman Suffrage-4.1
Woman Suffrage-4.2
Woman Suffrage-4.3
Woman Suffrage-4.4
The New Age-5.1
The New Age-5.2
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. INTRODUCTION
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-1-2
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-1-2
OF SEXUAL UNION-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-6-7-8
OF SEXUAL UNION-10-11
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-3-4-5
ABOUT A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-3-4
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-5-6
ABOUT COURTESANS-1-2
ABOUT COURTESANS-3-4
ABOUT COURTESANS-5-6
ABOUT THE MEANS OF ATTRACTING OTHERS TO YOURSELF-1-2
CONCLUDING REMARKS

IV. Woman Suffrage 

 

 

 

 

31. The Crowning Victory 

 

 

It is my sincere hope that nothing I have here exhibited will be 

mistaken by the nobility and gentry for moral indignation. No such 

feeling, in truth, is in my heart. Moral judgments, as old Friedrich 

used to say, are foreign to my nature. Setting aside the vast herd which 

shows no definable character at all, it seems to me that the minority 

distinguished by what is commonly regarded as an excess of sin is very 

much more admirable than the minority distinguished by an excess of 

virtue. My experience of the world has taught me that the average 

wine-bibber is a far better fellow than the average prohibitionist, and 

that the average rogue is better company than the average poor drudge, 

and that the worst white, slave trader of my acquaintance is a decenter 

man than the best vice crusader. In the same way I am convinced that 

the average woman, whatever her deficiencies, is greatly superior to 

the average man. The very ease with which she defies and swindles him 

in several capital situations of life is the clearest of proofs of her 

general superiority. She did not obtain her present high immunities as a 

gift from the gods, but only after a long and often bitter fight, and 

in that fight she exhibited forensic and tactical talents of a truly 

admirable order. There was no weakness of man that she did not penetrate 

and take advantage of. There was no trick that she did not put to 

effective use. There was no device so bold and inordinate that it 

daunted her. 

 

The latest and greatest fruit of this feminine talent for combat is the 

extension of the suffrage, now universal in the Protestant countries, 

and even advancing in those of the Greek and Latin rites. This fruit 

was garnered, not by an attack en masse, but by a mere foray. I believe 

that the majority of women, for reasons that I shall presently expose, 

were not eager for the extension, and regard it as of small value today. 

They know that they can get what they want without going to the actual 

polls for it; moreover, they are out of sympathy with most of the 

brummagem reforms advocated by the professional suffragists, male and 

female. The mere statement of the current suffragist platform, with 

its long list of quack sure-cures for all the sorrows of the world, is 

enough to make them smile sadly. In particular, they are sceptical 

of all reforms that depend upon the mass action of immense numbers of 

voters, large sections of whom are wholly devoid of sense. A normal 


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