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Table of contents
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

material. And if, by any chance, such material shows a falling off, they 

are uneasy and unhappy. Let a woman have a husband whose conduct is not 

reasonably open to question, and she will invent mythical offences to 

make him bearable. And if her invention fails she will be plunged into 

the utmost misery and humiliation. This fact probably explains many 

mysterious divorces: the husband was not too bad, but too good. For 

public opinion among women, remember, does not favour the woman who is 

full of a placid contentment and has no masculine torts to report; if 

she says that her husband is wholly satisfactory she is looked upon as a 

numskull even more dense that he is himself. A man, speaking of his 

wife to other men, always praises her extravagantly. Boasting about her 

soothes his vanity; he likes to stir up the envy of his fellows. But 

when two women talk of their husbands it is mainly atrocities that they 

describe. The most esteemed woman gossip is the one with the longest and 

most various repertoire of complaints. 

 

This yearning for martyrdom explains one of the commonly noted 

characters of women: their eager flair for bearing physical pain. As 

we have seen, they have actually a good deal less endurance than men; 

massive injuries shock them more severely and kill them more quickly. 

But when acute algesia is unaccompanied by any profounder phenomena they 

are undoubtedly able to bear it with a far greater show of resignation. 

The reason is not far to seek. In pain a man sees only an invasion of 

his liberty, strength and self-esteem. It floors him, masters him, 

and makes him ridiculous. But a woman, more subtle and devious in her 

processes of mind, senses the dramatic effect that the spectacle of her 

suffering makes upon the spectators, already filled with compassion for 

her feebleness. She would thus much rather be praised for facing pain 

with a martyr's fortitude than for devising some means of getting rid of 

it--the first thought of a man. No woman could have invented chloroform, 

nor, for that matter, alcohol. Both drugs offer an escape from 

situations and experiences that, even in aggravated forms, women relish. 

The woman who drinks as men drink--that is, to raise her threshold of 

sensation and ease the agony of living--nearly always shows a deficiency 

in feminine characters and an undue preponderance of masculine 

characters. Almost invariably you will find her vain and boastful, 

and full of other marks of that bombastic exhibitionism which is so 


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