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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

 

But this lack of genuine beauty in women lays on them no practical 

disadvantage in the primary business of their sex, for its effects 

are more than overborne by the emotional suggestibility, the herculean 

capacity for illusion, the almost total absence of critical sense of 

men. Men do not demand genuine beauty, even in the most modest doses; 

they are quite content with the mere appearance of beauty. That is 

to say, they show no talent whatever for differentiating between the 

artificial and the real. A film of face powder, skilfully applied, is 

as satisfying to them as an epidermis of damask. The hair of a dead 

Chinaman, artfully dressed and dyed, gives them as much delight as the 

authentic tresses of Venus. A false hip intrigues them as effectively as 

the soundest one of living fascia. A pretty frock fetches them quite as 

surely and securely as lovely legs, shoulders, hands or eyes. In brief, 

they estimate women, and hence acquire their wives, by reckoning up 

purely superficial aspects, which is just as intelligent as estimating 

an egg by purely superficial aspects. They never go behind the returns; 

it never occurs to them to analyze the impressions they receive. The 

result is that many a man, deceived by such paltry sophistications, 

never really sees his wife--that if, as God is supposed to see her, and 

as the embalmer will see her--until they have been married for years. 

All the tricks may be infantile and obvious, but in the face of so naive 

a spectator the temptation to continue practising them is irresistible. 

A trained nurse tells me that even when undergoing the extreme 

discomforts of parturition the great majority of women continue to 

modify their complexions with pulverized talcs, and to give thought to 

the arrangement of their hair. Such transparent devices, to be sure, 

reduce the psychologist to a sour sort of mirth, and yet it must be 

plain that they suffice to entrap and make fools of men, even the most 

discreet. I know of no man, indeed, who is wholly resistant to female 

beauty, and I know of no man, even among those engaged professionally by 

aesthetic problems, who habitually and automatically distinguishes the 

genuine, from the imitation. He may do it now and then; he may even preen 

himself upon his unusual discrimination; but given the right woman and 

the right stage setting, and he will be deceived almost as readily as a 

yokel fresh from the cabbage-field. 

 

 

 

 

10. The Process of Delusion 

 

 

Such poor fools, rolling their eyes in appraisement of such meagre 


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