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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

it. An educated woman, hearing that a frail sister in a public stew is 

expected to be amiable to all sorts of bounders, thinks of how she would 

shrink from such contacts, and so concludes that the actual prostitute 

suffers acutely. What she overlooks is that these men, however gross and 

repulsive they may appear to her, are measurably superior to men of the 

prostitute's own class--say her father and brothers--and that communion 

with them, far from being disgusting, is often rather romantic. I well 

remember observing, during my collaboration with the vice-crusaders 

aforesaid, the delight of a lady of joy who had attracted the notice of 

a police lieutenant; she was intensely pleased by the idea of having a 

client of such haughty manners, such brilliant dress, and what seemed 

to her to be so dignified a profession. It is always forgotten that 

this weakness is not confined to prostitutes, but run through the whole 

female sex. The woman who could not imagine an illicit affair with a 

wealthy soap manufacturer or even with a lawyer finds it quite easy to 

imagine herself succumbing to an ambassador or a duke. There are very 

few exceptions to this rule. In the most reserved of modern societies 

the women who represent their highest flower are notoriously complaisant 

to royalty. And royal women, to complete the circuit, not infrequently 

yield to actors and musicians, i.e., to men radiating a glamour not 

encountered even in princes. 

 

44. The Future of Marriage 

 

 

The transvaluation of values that is now in progress will go on slowly 

and for a very long while. That it will ever be quite complete is, of 

course, impossible. There are inherent differences will continue to show 

themselves until the end of time. As woman gradually becomes convinced, 

not only of the possibility of economic independence, but also of its 

value, she will probably lose her present overmastering desire 

for marriage, and address herself to meeting men in free economic 

competition. That is to say, she will address herself to acquiring 

that practical competence, that high talent for puerile and chiefly 

mechanical expertness, which now sets man ahead of her in the labour 

market of the world. To do this she will have to sacrifice some of 

her present intelligence; it is impossible to imagine a genuinely 

intelligent human being becoming a competent trial lawyer, or buttonhole 

worker, or newspaper sub-editor, or piano tuner, or house painter. 


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