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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

the learned magistrate discharged them with tears in his eyes and the 

very catchpolls in the courtroom had to blow their noses. Many more men 

than women go insane, and many more married men than single men. The 

fact puzzles no one who has had the same opportunity that I had to find 

out what goes on, year in and year out, behind the doors of apparently 

happy homes. A woman, if she hates her husband (and many of them do), 

can make life so sour and obnoxious to him that even death upon the 

gallows seems sweet by comparison. This hatred, of course, is often, 

and perhaps almost invariably, quite justified. To be the wife of an 

ordinary man, indeed, is an experience that must be very hard to 

bear. The hollowness and vanity of the fellow, his petty meanness and 

stupidity, his puling sentimentality and credulity, his bombastic air of 

a cock on a dunghill, his anaesthesia to all whispers and summonings 

of the spirit, above all, his loathsome clumsiness in amour--all these 

things must revolt any woman above the lowest. To be the object of the 

oafish affections of such a creature, even when they are honest and 

profound, cannot be expected to give any genuine joy to a woman of sense 

and refinement. His performance as a gallant, as Honor de Balzac long 

ago observed, unescapably suggests a gorilla's efforts to play the 

violin. Women survive the tragicomedy only by dint of their great 

capacity for play-acting. They are able to act so realistically that 

often they deceive even themselves; the average woman's contentment, 

indeed, is no more than a tribute to her histrionism. But there must be 

innumerable revolts in secret, even so, and one sometimes wonders 

that so few women, with the thing so facile and so safe, poison their 

husbands. Perhaps it is not quite as rare as vital statistics make it 

out; the deathrate among husbands is very much higher than among wives. 

More than once, indeed, I have gone to the funeral of an acquaintance 

who died suddenly, and observed a curious glitter in the eyes of the 

inconsolable widow. 

 

Even in this age of emancipation, normal women have few serious 

transactions in life save with their husbands and potential husbands; 

the business of marriage is their dominant concern from adolescence to 

senility. When they step outside their habitual circle they show the 

same alert and eager wariness that they exhibit within it. A man who 

has dealings with them must keep his wits about him, and even when he 


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