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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

children born out of wedlock and in Eastern Europe there has been a 

clamour for the legalization of polygamy, but these devices do not meet 

the main problem, which is the encouragement of monogamy to the utmost. 

A plan that suggests itself is the amelioration of the position of the 

monogamous husband, now rendered increasingly uncomfortable by the laws 

of most Christian states. I do not think that the more intelligent sort 

of women, faced by a perilous shortage of men, would object seriously to 

that amelioration. They must see plainly that the present system, if 

it is carried much further, will begin to work powerfully against their 

best interests, if only by greatly reinforcing the disinclination to 

marriage that already exists among the better sort of men. The woman of 

true discretion, I am convinced, would much rather marry a superior man, 

even on unfavourable terms, than make John Smith her husband, serf and 

prisoner at one stroke. 

 

The law must eventually recognize this fact and make provision for it. 

The average husband, perhaps, deserves little succour. The woman who 

pursues and marries him, though she may be moved by selfish aims, should 

be properly rewarded by the state for her service to it--a service 

surely not to be lightly estimated in a military age. And that reward 

may conveniently take the form, as in the United States, of statutes 

giving her title to a large share of his real property and requiring 

him to surrender most of his income to her, and releasing her from all 

obedience to him and from all obligation to keep his house in order. But 

the woman who aspires to higher game should be quite willing, it seems 

to me, to resign some of these advantages in compensation for the 

greater honour and satisfaction of being wife to a man of merit, and 

mother to his children. All that is needed is laws allowing her, if she 

will, to resign her right of dower, her right to maintenance and her 

immunity from discipline, and to make any other terms that she may be 

led to regard as equitable. At present women are unable to make most 

of these concessions even if they would: the laws of the majority of 

western nations are inflexible. If, for example, an Englishwoman should 

agree, by an ante-nuptial contract, to submit herself to the discipline, 

not of the current statutes, but of the elder common law, which allowed 

a husband to correct his wife corporally with a stick no thicker than 

his thumb, it would be competent for any sentimental neighbour to set 


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