Main  Contacts  
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

highest merits into a woman of none at all, that the sole valuable 

thing a woman can bring to marriage is virginity--this notion is so 

preposterous that no intelligent person, male or female, actually 

cherishes it. It survives as one of the hollow conventions of 

Christianity; nay, of the levantine barbarism that preceded 

Christianity. As women throw off the other conventions which now bind 

them they will throw off this one, too, and so their virtue, grounded 

upon fastidiousness and self-respect instead of upon mere fear and 

conformity, will become afar more laudable thing than it ever can 

be under the present system. And for its absence, if they see fit to 

dispose of it, they will no more apologize than a man apologizes today. 

 

 

 

43. The Lady of Joy 

 

 

Even prostitution, in the long run, may become a more or less 

respectable profession, as it was in the great days of the Greeks. That 

quality will surely attach to it if ever it grows quite unnecessary; 

whatever is unnecessary is always respectable, for example, religion, 

fashionable clothing, and a knowledge of Latin grammar. The prostitute 

is disesteemed today, not because her trade involves anything 

intrinsically degrading or even disagreeable, but because she is 

currently assumed to have been driven into it by dire necessity, against 

her dignity and inclination. That this assumption is usually unsound is 

no objection to it; nearly all the thinking of the world, particularly 

in the field of morals, is based upon unsound assumption, e.g., that 

God observes the fall of a sparrow and is shocked by the fall of a 

Sunday-school superintendent. The truth is that prostitution is one of 

the most attractive of the occupations practically open to the sort of 

women who engage in it, and that the prostitute commonly likes her 

work, and would not exchange places with a shop-girl or a waitress 

for anything in the world. The notion to the contrary is propagated 

by unsuccessful prostitutes who fall into the hands of professional 

reformers, and who assent to the imbecile theories of the latter 

in order to cultivate their good will, just as convicts in prison, 

questioned by tee-totalers, always ascribe their rascality to alcohol. 

No prostitute of anything resembling normal intelligence is under the 

slightest duress; she is perfectly free to abandon her trade and go into 

a shop or factory or into domestic service whenever the impulse strikes 

her; all the prevailing gabble about white slave jails and kidnappers 


Page 3 from 9:  Back   1   2  [3]  4   5   6   7   8   9   Forward