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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

that produce religion, delusions of grandeur, democracy, pyaemia, night 

sweats, the yearning to save humanity, and all other such distempers in 

men. They have, at bottom, the same weaknesses and appetites. They react 

in substantially the same way to all chemical and mechanical agents. 

A dose of hydrocyanic acid, administered _per ora_ to the most sagacious 

woman imaginable, affects her just as swiftly and just as deleteriously 

as it affects a tragedian, a crossing-sweeper, or an ambassador to the 

Court of St. James. And once a bottle of Cote Rtoie or Scharlachberger 

is in her, even the least emotional woman shows the same complex of 

sentimentalities that a man shows, and is as maudlin and idiotic as he 

is. 

 

Nay; the superior acumen and self-possession of women is not inherent 

in any peculiarity of their constitutions, and above all, not in any 

advantage of a purely physical character. Its springs are rather to 

be sought in a physical disadvantage--that is, in the mechanical 

inferiority of their frames, their relative lack of tractive capacity, 

their deficiency as brute engines. That deficiency, as every one knows, 

is partly a direct heritage from those females of the Pongo pygmaeus 

who were their probable fore-runners in the world; the same thing is to 

be observed in the females of almost all other species of mammals. But 

it is also partly due to the effects of use under civilization, and, 

above all, to what evolutionists call sexual selection. In other words, 

women were already measurably weaker than men at the dawn of human 

history, and that relative weakness has been progressively augmented in 

the interval by the conditions of human life. For one thing, the process 

of bringing forth young has become so much more exhausting as refinement 

has replaced savage sturdiness and callousness, and the care of them 

in infancy has become so much more onerous as the growth of cultural 

complexity has made education more intricate, that the two functions now 

lay vastly heavier burdens upon the strength and attention of a woman 

than they lay upon the strength and attention of any other female. 

And for another thing, the consequent disability and need of physical 

protection, by feeding and inflaming the already large vanity of man, 

have caused him to attach a concept of attractiveness to feminine 

weakness, so that he has come to esteem his woman, not in proportion as 

she is self-sufficient as a social animal but in proportion as she is 


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