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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

12. Honour 

 

 

Here, it is obvious, the process of intellectual development takes 

colour from the Sklavenmoral, and is, in a sense, a product of it. The 

Jews, as Nietzsche has demonstrated, got their unusual intelligence 

by the same process; a contrary process is working in the case of the 

English and the Americans, and has begun to show itself in the case 

of the French and Germans. The sum of feminine wisdom that I have just 

mentioned--the body of feminine devices and competences that is handed 

down from generation to generation of women--is, in fact, made up 

very largely of doctrines and expedients that infallibly appear to the 

average sentimental man, helpless as he is before them, as cynical and 

immoral. He commonly puts this aversion into the theory that women have 

no sense of honour. The criticism, of course, is characteristically 

banal. Honour is a concept too tangled to be analyzed here, but it 

may be sufficient to point out that it is predicated upon a feeling of 

absolute security, and that, in that capital conflict between man and 

woman out of which rises most of man's complaint of its absence--to wit, 

the conflict culminating in marriage, already described--the security of 

the woman is not something that is in actual being, but something that 

she is striving with all arms to attain. In such a conflict it must be 

manifest that honor can have no place. An animal fighting for its very 

existence uses all possible means of offence and defence, however foul. 

Even man, for all his boasting about honor, seldom displays it when he 

has anything of the first value at hazard. He is honorable, perhaps, in 

gambling, for gambling is a mere vice, but it is quite unusual for him 

to be honorable in business, for business is bread and butter. He is 

honorable (so long as the stake is trivial) in his sports, but he seldom 

permits honor to interfere with his perjuries in a lawsuit, or with 

hitting below the belt in any other sort of combat that is in earnest. 

The history of all his wars is a history of mutual allegations of 

dishonorable practices, and such allegations are nearly always well 

grounded. The best imitation of honor that he ever actually achieves in 

them is a highly self-conscious sentimentality which prompts him to be 

humane to the opponent who has been wounded, or disarmed, or otherwise 

made innocuous. Even here his so-called honor is little more than a form 

of playacting, both maudlin and dishonest. In the actual death-struggle 


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