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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

dependent. In this vicious circle of influences women have been caught, 

and as a result their chief physical character today is their fragility. 

A woman cannot lift as much as a man. She cannot walk as far. She cannot 

exert as much mechanical energy in any other way. Even her alleged 

superior endurance, as Havelock Ellis has demonstrated in "Man and 

Woman," is almost wholly mythical; she cannot, in point of fact, stand 

nearly so much hardship as a man can stand, and so the law, usually an 

ass, exhibits an unaccustomed accuracy of observation in its assumption 

that, whenever husband and wife are exposed alike to fatal suffering, 

say in a shipwreck, the wife dies first. 

 

So far we have been among platitudes. There is less of overt platitude 

in the doctrine that it is precisely this physical frailty that 

has given women their peculiar nimbleness and effectiveness on the 

intellectual side. Nevertheless, it is equally true. What they have done 

is what every healthy and elastic organism does in like case; they have 

sought compensation for their impotence in one field by employing their 

resources in another field to the utmost, and out of that constant and 

maximum use has come a marked enlargement of those resources. On the 

one hand the sum of them present in a given woman has been enormously 

increased by natural selection, so that every woman, so to speak, 

inherits a certain extra-masculine mental dexterity as a mere function 

of her femaleness. And on the other hand every woman, over and above 

this almost unescapable legacy from her actual grandmothers, also 

inherits admission to that traditional wisdom which constitutes the 

esoteric philosophy of woman as a whole. The virgin at adolescence is 

thus in the position of an unusually fortunate apprentice, for she 

is not only naturally gifted but also apprenticed to extraordinarily 

competent masters. While a boy at the same period is learning from his 

elders little more than a few empty technical tricks, a few paltry vices 

and a few degrading enthusiasms, his sister is under instruction in all 

those higher exercises of the wits that her special deficiencies make 

necessary to her security, and in particular in all those exercises 

which aim at overcoming the physical, and hence social and economic 

superiority of man by attacks upon his inferior capacity for clear 

reasoning, uncorrupted by illusion and sentimentality. 

 

 

 

 

 


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