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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

character. But not many men, laced in the emotional maze preceding, are 

capable of any very clear examination of such facts. The truth is that 

they dodge the facts, even when they are favourable, and lay all stress 

upon the surrounding and concealing superficialities. The average stupid 

and sentimental man, if he has a noticeably sensible wife, is almost 

apologetic about it. The ideal of his sex is always a pretty wife, and 

the vanity and coquetry that so often go with prettiness are erected 

into charms. In other words, men play the love game so unintelligently 

that they often esteem a woman in proportion as she seems to disdain 

and make a mock of her intelligence. Women seldom, if ever, make that 

blunder. What they commonly value in a man is not mere showiness, 

whether physical or spiritual, but that compound of small capacities 

which makes up masculine efficiency and passes for masculine 

intelligence. This intelligence, at its highest, has a human value 

substantially equal to that of their own. In a man's world it at 

least gets its definite rewards; it guarantees security, position, a 

livelihood; it is a commodity that is merchantable. Women thus accord it 

a certain respect, and esteem it in their husbands, and so seek it out. 

 

 

 

 

11. Biological Considerations 

 

 

So far as I can make out by experiments on laboratory animals and by 

such discreet vivisections as are possible under our laws, there is 

no biological necessity for the superior acumen and circumspection 

of women. That is to say, it does not lie in any anatomical or 

physiological advantage. The essential feminine machine is no better 

than the essential masculine machine; both are monuments to the 

maladroitness of a much over-praised Creator. Women, it would seem, 

actually have smaller brains than men, though perhaps not in proportion 

to weight. Their nervous responses, if anything, are a bit duller than 

those of men; their muscular coordinations are surely no prompter. One 

finds quite as many obvious botches among them; they have as many bodily 

blemishes; they are infested by the same microscopic parasites; their 

senses are as obtuse; their ears stand out as absurdly. Even assuming 

that their special malaises are wholly offset by the effects of 

alcoholism in the male, they suffer patently from the same adenoids, 

gastritis, cholelithiasis, nephritis, tuberculosis, carcinoma, arthritis 

and so on--in short, from the same disturbances of colloidal equilibrium 


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