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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

the Montessori method, the twilight sleep and other such follies, so 

pathetically characteristic of American culture. 

 

One of the evil effects of this tendency I have hitherto descanted upon, 

to wit, the growing disposition of American women to regard all 

routine labour, particularly in the home, as infra dignitatem and hence 

intolerable. Out of that notion arise many lamentable phenomena. On 

the one hand, we have the spectacle of a great number of healthy and 

well-fed women engaged in public activities that, nine times out of ten, 

are meaningless, mischievous and a nuisance, and on the other hand we 

behold such a decay in the domestic arts that, at the first onslaught of 

the late war, the national government had to import a foreign expert to 

teach the housewives of the country the veriest elements of thrift. No 

such instruction was needed by the housewives of the Continent. They 

were simply told how much food they could have, and their natural 

competence did the rest. There is never any avoidable waste there, 

either in peace or in war. A French housewife has little use for a 

garbage can, save as a depository for uplifting literature. She does 

her best with the means at her disposal, not only in war time but at all 

times. 

 

As I have said over and over again in this inquiry, a woman's 

disinclination to acquire the intricate expertness that lies at the 

bottom of good housekeeping is due primarily to her active intelligence; 

it is difficult for her to concentrate her mind upon such stupid and 

meticulous enterprises. But whether difficult or easy, it is obviously 

important for the average woman to make some effort in that direction, 

for if she fails to do so there is chaos. That chaos is duly visible 

in the United States. Here women reveal one of their subterranean 

qualities: their deficiency in conscientiousness. They are quite without 

that dog-like fidelity to duty which is one of the shining marks of 

men. They never summon up a high pride in doing what is inherently 

disagreeable; they always go to the galleys under protest, and with 

vows of sabotage; their fundamental philosophy is almost that of the 

syndicalists. The sentimentality of men connives at this, and is thus 

largely responsible for it. Before the average puella, apprenticed in 

the kitchen, can pick up a fourth of the culinary subtleties that are 

commonplace even to the chefs on dining cars, she has caught a man and 

need concern herself about them no more, for he has to eat, in the last 


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