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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

man toward beauty in its various forms is, in fact, an attitude of 

suspicion and hostility. He does not regard a work of art as merely 

inert and stupid; he regards it as, in some indefinable way, positively 

offensive. He sees the artist as a professional voluptuary and 

scoundrel, and would no more trust him in his household than he would 

trust a coloured clergyman in his hen-yard. It was men, and not women, 

who invented such sordid and literal faiths as those of the Mennonites, 

Dunkards, Wesleyans and Scotch Presbyterians, with their antipathy to 

beautiful ritual, their obscene buttonholing of God, their great talent 

for reducing the ineffable mystery of religion to a mere bawling of 

idiots. The normal woman, in so far as she has any religion at all, 

moves irresistibly toward Catholicism, with its poetical obscurantism. 

The evangelical Protestant sects have a hard time holding her. She can 

no more be an actual Methodist than a gentleman can be a Methodist. 

 

This inclination toward beauty, of course, is dismissed by the average 

male blockhead as no more than a feeble sentimentality. The truth is 

that it is precisely the opposite. It is surely not sentimentality to be 

moved by the stately and mysterious ceremony of the mass, or even, say, 

by those timid imitations of it which one observes in certain Protestant 

churches. Such proceedings, whatever their defects from the standpoint 

of a pure aesthetic, are at all events vastly more beautiful than any of 

the private acts of the folk who take part in them. They lift themselves 

above the barren utilitarianism of everyday life, and no less above the 

maudlin sentimentalities that men seek pleasure in. They offer a means 

of escape, convenient and inviting, from that sordid routine of thought 

and occupation which women revolt against so pertinaciously. 

 

 

 

 

41. The Ethics of Women 

 

 

I have said that the religion preached by Jesus (now wholly extinct 

in the world) was highly favourable to women. This was not saying, of 

course, that women have repaid the compliment by adopting it. They are, 

in fact, indifferent Christians in the primitive sense, just as they are 

bad Christians in the antagonistic modern sense, and particularly on the 

side of ethics. If they actually accept the renunciations commanded 

by the Sermon on the Mount, it is only in an effort to flout their 

substance under cover of their appearance. No woman is really humble; 

she is merely politic. No woman, with a free choice before her, chooses 


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