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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

This notion is gradually feeling the opposition of a contrary notion. 

Women in general may still prefer marriage to work, but there is an 

increasing minority which begins to realize that work may offer the 

greater contentment, particularly if it be mellowed by a certain amount 

of philandering. 

 

There already appears in the world, indeed, a class of women, who, while 

still not genuinely averse to marriage, are yet free from any theory 

that it is necessary, or even invariably desirable. Among these women 

are a good many somewhat vociferous propagandists, almost male in their 

violent earnestness; they range from the man-eating suffragettes to such 

preachers of free motherhood as Ellen Key and such professional shockers 

of the bourgeoisie as the American prophetess of birth-control, Margaret 

Sanger. But among them are many more who wake the world with no such 

noisy eloquence, but content themselves with carrying out their ideas in 

a quiet and respectable manner. The number of such women is much larger 

than is generally imagined, and that number tends to increase steadily. 

They are women who, with their economic independence assured, either 

by inheritance or by their own efforts, chiefly in the arts and 

professions, do exactly as they please, and make no pother about it. 

Naturally enough, their superiority to convention and the common frenzy 

makes them extremely attractive to the better sort of men, and so it 

is not uncommon for one of them to find herself voluntarily sought 

in marriage, without any preliminary scheming by herself--surely an 

experience that very few ordinary women ever enjoy, save perhaps in 

dreams or delirium. 

 

The old order changeth and giveth place to the new. Among the women's 

clubs and in the women's colleges, I have no doubt, there is still much 

debate of the old and silly question: Are platonic relations possible 

between the sexes? In other words, is friendship possible without 

sex? Many a woman of the new order dismisses the problem with another 

question: Why without sex? With the decay of the ancient concept of 

women as property there must come inevitably a reconsideration of the 

whole sex question, and out of that reconsideration there must come 

a revision of the mediaeval penalties which now punish the slightest 

frivolity in the female. The notion that honour in women is exclusively 

a physical matter, that a single aberrance may convert a woman of the 


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