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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

sterlingly male. 

 

 

 

 

38. Pathological Effects 

 

 

This feminine craving for martyrdom, of course, often takes on a 

downright pathological character, and so engages the psychiatrist. 

Women show many other traits of the same sort. To be a woman under our 

Christian civilization, indeed, means to live a life that is heavy with 

repression and dissimulation, and this repression and dissimulation, in 

the long run, cannot fail to produce effects that are indistinguishable 

from disease. You will find some of them described at length in any 

handbook on psychoanalysis. The Viennese, Adler, and the Dane, Poul 

Bjerre, argue, indeed, that womanliness itself, as it is encountered 

under Christianity, is a disease. All women suffer from a suppressed 

revolt against the inhibitions forced upon them by our artificial 

culture, and this suppressed revolt, by well known Freudian means, 

produces a complex of mental symptoms that is familiar to all of us. 

At one end of the scale we observe the suffragette, with her grotesque 

adoption of the male belief in laws, phrases and talismans, and her 

hysterical demand for a sexual libertarianism that she could not put 

to use if she had it. And at the other end we find the snuffling and 

neurotic woman, with her bogus martyrdom, her extravagant pruderies and 

her pathological delusions. As Ibsen observed long ago, this is a man's 

world. Women have broken many of their old chains, but they are 

still enmeshed in a formidable network of man-made taboos and 

sentimentalities, and it will take them another generation, at least, to 

get genuine freedom. That this is true is shown by the deep unrest that 

yet marks the sex, despite its recent progress toward social, political 

and economic equality. It is almost impossible to find a man who 

honestly wishes that he were a woman, but almost every woman, at some 

time or other in her life, is gnawed by a regret that she is not a man. 

 

Two of the hardest things that women have to bear are (a) the stupid 

masculine disinclination to admit their intellectual superiority, 

or even their equality, or even their possession of a normal human 

equipment for thought, and (b) the equally stupid masculine doctrine 

that they constitute a special and ineffable species of vertebrate, 

without the natural instincts and appetites of the order--to adapt a 

phrase from Hackle, that they are transcendental and almost gaseous 

mammals, and marked by a complete lack of certain salient mammalian 


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