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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

in our whole theory of government. As things stand, an intelligent 

grappling with some of the capital problems of the commonwealth is 

almost impossible. A politician normally prospers under democracy, not 

in proportion as his principles are sound and his honour incorruptible, 

but in proportion as she excels in the manufacture of sonorous phrases, 

and the invention of imaginary perils and imaginary defences against 

them. Our politics thus degenerates into a mere pursuit of hobgoblins; 

the male voter, a coward as well as an ass, is forever taking fright at 

a new one and electing some mountebank to lay it. For a hundred years 

past the people of the United States, the most terrible existing 

democratic state, have scarcely had a political campaign that was not 

based upon some preposterous fear--first of slavery and then of the 

manumitted slave, first of capitalism and then of communism, first of 

the old and then of the novel. It is a peculiarity of women that they 

are not easily set off by such alarms, that they do not fall readily 

into such facile tumults and phobias. What starts a male meeting to 

snuffling and trembling most violently is precisely the thing that would 

cause a female meeting to sniff. What we need, to ward off mobocracy and 

safeguard a civilized form of government, is more of this sniffing. What 

we need--and in the end it must come--is a sniff so powerful that it 

will call a halt upon the navigation of the ship from the forecastle, 

and put a competent staff on the bridge, and lay a course that is 

describable in intelligible terms. 

 

The officers nominated by the male electorate in modern democracies 

before the extension of the suffrage were usually chosen, not for 

their competence but for their mere talent for idiocy; they reflected 

accurately the male weakness for whatever is rhetorical and sentimental 

and feeble and untrue. Consider, for example, what happened in a salient 

case. Every four years the male voters of the United States chose from 

among themselves one who was put forward as the man most fit, of all 

resident men, to be the first citizen of the commonwealth. He was 

chosen after interminable discussion; his qualifications were thoroughly 

canvassed; very large powers and dignities were put into his hands. 

Well, what did we commonly find when we examined this gentleman? We 

found, not a profound thinker, not a leader of sound opinion, not a man 

of notable sense, but merely a wholesaler of notions so infantile that 


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