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

comes from pious rogues who make a living by feeding such nonsense to 

the credulous. So long as the average prostitute is able to make a good 

living, she is quite content with her lot, and disposed to contrast it 

egotistically with the slavery of her virtuous sisters. If she complains 

of it, then you may be sure that her success is below her expectations. 

A starving lawyer always sees injustice, in the courts. A bad physician 

is a bitter critic of Ehrlich and Pasteur. And when a suburban clergyman 

is forced out of his cure by a vestry-room revolution he almost 

invariably concludes that the sinfulness of man is incurable, and 

sometimes he even begins to doubt some of the typographical errors in 

Holy Writ. 

 

The high value set upon virginity by men, whose esteem of it is based 

upon a mixture of vanity and voluptuousness, causes many women to 

guard it in their own persons with a jealousy far beyond their private 

inclinations and interests. It is their theory that the loss of it 

would materially impair their chances of marriage. This theory is not 

supported by the facts. The truth is that the woman who sacrifices her 

chastity, everything else being equal, stands a much better chance of 

making a creditable marriage than the woman who remains chaste. This 

is especially true of women of the lower economic classes. At once they 

come into contact, hitherto socially difficult and sometimes almost 

impossible, with men of higher classes, and begin to take on, with the 

curious facility of their sex, the refinements and tastes and points 

of view of those classes. The mistress thus gathers charm, and what has 

begun as a sordid sale of amiability not uncommonly ends with formal 

marriage. The number of such marriages is enormously greater than 

appears superficially, for both parties obviously make every effort to 

conceal the facts. Within the circle of my necessarily limited personal 

acquaintance I know of scores of men, some of them of wealth and 

position, who have made such marriages, and who do not seem to regret 

it. It is an old observation, indeed, that a woman who has previously 

disposed of her virtue makes a good wife. The common theory is that this 

is because she is grateful to her husband for rescuing her from social 

outlawry; the truth is that she makes a good wife because she is a 

shrewd woman, and has specialized professionally in masculine weakness, 

and is thus extra-competent at the traditional business of her sex. Such 


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