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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

her own invariably. The best and most intellectual--i.e., most original 

and enterprising play-actors are not men, but women, and so are the best 

teachers and blackmailers, and a fair share of the best writers, and 

public functionaries, and executants of music. In the demimonde one 

will find enough acumen and daring, and enough resilience in the face 

of special difficulties, to put the equipment of any exclusively male 

profession to shame. If the work of the average man required half the 

mental agility and readiness of resource of the work of the average 

prostitute, the average man would be constantly on the verge of 

starvation. 

5. The Thing Called Intuition 

 

 

Men, as every one knows, are disposed to question this superior 

intelligence of women; their egoism demands the denial, and they are 

seldom reflective enough to dispose of it by logical and evidential 

analysis. Moreover, as we shall see a bit later on, there is a certain 

specious appearance of soundness in their position; they have forced 

upon women an artificial character which well conceals their real 

character, and women have found it profitable to encourage the 

deception. But though every normal man thus cherishes the soothing 

unction that he is the intellectual superior of all women, and 

particularly of his wife, he constantly gives the lie to his pretension 

by consulting and deferring to what he calls her intuition. That is to 

say, he knows by experience that her judgment in many matters of 

capital concern is more subtle and searching than his own, and, being 

disinclined to accredit this greater sagacity to a more competent 

intelligence, he takes refuge behind the doctrine that it is due to some 

impenetrable and intangible talent for guessing correctly, some half 

mystical super sense, some vague (and, in essence, infra-human) instinct. 

 

The true nature of this alleged instinct, however, is revealed by an 

examination of the situations which inspire a man to call it to his aid. 

These situations do not arise out of the purely technical problems that 

are his daily concern, but out of the rarer and more fundamental, and 

hence enormously more difficult problems which beset him only at long 

and irregular intervals, and so offer a test, not of his mere capacity 

for being drilled, but of his capacity for genuine ratiocination. No 

man, I take it, save one consciously inferior and hen-pecked, would 

consult his wife about hiring a clerk, or about extending credit to some 


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