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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

34. The Suffragette 

 

 

I have spoken with some disdain of the suffragette. What is the matter 

with her, fundamentally, is simple: she is a woman who has stupidly 

carried her envy of certain of the superficial privileges of men to such 

a point that it takes on the character of an obsession, and makes her 

blind to their valueless and often chiefly imaginary character. In 

particular, she centres this frenzy of hers upon one definite privilege, 

to wit, the alleged privilege of promiscuity in amour, the modern droit 

du seigneur. Read the books of the chief lady Savonarolas, and you will 

find running through them an hysterical denunciation of what is called 

the double standard of morality; there is, indeed, a whole literature 

devoted exclusively to it. The existence of this double standard seems 

to drive the poor girls half frantic. They bellow raucously for its 

abrogation, and demand that the frivolous male be visited with even more 

idiotic penalties than those which now visit the aberrant female; some 

even advocate gravely his mutilation by surgery, that he may be forced 

into rectitude by a physical disability for sin. 

 

All this, of course, is hocus-pocus, and the judicious are not deceived 

by it for an instant. What these virtuous bel dames actually desire in 

their hearts is not that the male be reduced to chemical purity, but 

that the franchise of dalliance be extended to themselves. The most 

elementary acquaintance with Freudian psychology exposes their secret 

animus. Unable to ensnare males under the present system, or at all 

events, unable to ensnare males sufficiently appetizing to arouse the 

envy of other women, they leap to the theory that it would be easier if 

the rules were less exacting. This theory exposes their deficiency in 

the chief character of their sex: accurate observation. The fact is 

that, even if they possessed the freedom that men are supposed to 

possess, they would still find it difficult to achieve their ambition, 

for the average man, whatever his stupidity, is at least keen enough in 

judgment to prefer a single wink from a genuinely attractive woman to 

the last delirious favours of the typical suffragette. Thus the theory 

of the whoopers and snorters of the cause, in its esoteric as well as 

in its public aspect, is unsound. They are simply women who, in their 

tastes and processes of mind, are two-thirds men, and the fact explains 

their failure to achieve presentable husbands, or even consolatory 

betrayal, quite as effectively as it explains the ready credence they 


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