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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

a woman often shows a truly magnificent sagacity. It is very 

difficult to deceive her logically, and it is impossible to disarm her 

emotionally. Her revolt against the pruderies and sentimentalities of 

the world was evidence, to begin with, of her intellectual enterprise 

and courage, and her success as a rebel is proof of her extraordinary 

pertinacity, resourcefulness and acumen. 

 

Even the most lowly prostitute is better off, in all worldly ways, than 

the virtuous woman of her own station in life. She has less work to do, 

it is less monotonous and dispiriting, she meets a far greater variety 

of men, and they are of classes distinctly beyond her own. Nor is her 

occupation hazardous and her ultimate fate tragic. A dozen or more years 

ago I observed a somewhat amusing proof of this last. At that time 

certain sentimental busybodies of the American city in which I lived 

undertook an elaborate inquiry into prostitution therein, and some of 

them came to me in advance, as a practical journalist, for advice as to 

how to proceed. I found that all of them shared the common superstition 

that the professional life of the average prostitute is only five years 

long, and that she invariably ends in the gutter. They were enormously 

amazed when they unearthed the truth. This truth was to the effect that 

the average prostitute of that town ended her career, not in the morgue 

but at the altar of God, and that those who remained unmarried often 

continued in practice for ten, fifteen and even twenty years, and then 

retired on competences. It was established, indeed, that fully eighty 

per cent married, and that they almost always got husbands who would 

have been far beyond their reach had they remained virtuous. For one 

who married a cabman or petty pugilist there were a dozen who married 

respectable mechanics, policemen, small shopkeepers and minor officials, 

and at least two or three who married well-to-do tradesmen and 

professional men. Among the thousands whose careers were studied 

there was actually one who ended as the wife of the town's richest 

banker--that is, one who bagged the best catch in the whole community. 

This woman had begun as a domestic servant, and abandoned that harsh 

and dreary life to enter a brothel. Her experiences there polished 

and civilized her, and in her old age she was a grande dame of 

great dignity. Much of the sympathy wasted upon women of the ancient 

profession is grounded upon an error as to their own attitude toward 


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