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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

such a propagandist from her gospel would not be difficult, and I know 

of no law forbidding it. 

 

I'll begin to believe in the man-hater the day I am introduced to a 

woman who has definitely and finally refused a chance of marriage to 

a man who is of her own station in life, able to support her, unafflicted 

by any loathsome disease, and of reasonably decent aspect and 

manners--in brief a man who is thoroughly eligible. I doubt that any 

such woman breathes the air of Christendom. Whenever one comes to 

confidential terms with an unmarried woman, of course, she favours one 

with a long chronicle of the men she has refused to marry, greatly 

to their grief. But unsentimental cross-examination, at least in my 

experience, always develops the fact that every one of these suffered 

from some obvious and intolerable disqualification. Either he had a wife 

already and was vague about his ability to get rid of her, or he was 

drunk when he was brought to his proposal and repudiated it or forgot 

it the next day, or he was a bankrupt, or he was old and decrepit, or he 

was young and plainly idiotic, or he had diabetes or a bad heart, or his 

relatives were impossible, or he believed in spiritualism, or democracy, 

or the Baconian theory, or some other such nonsense. Restricting the 

thing to men palpably eligible, I believe thoroughly that no sane woman 

has ever actually muffed a chance. Now and then, perhaps, a miraculously 

fortunate girl has two victims on the mat simultaneously, and has to 

lose one. But they are seldom, if ever, both good chances; one is 

nearly always a duffer, thrown in in the telling to make the bourgeoisie 

marvel. 

 

 

 

 

16. A Conspiracy of Silence 

 

 

 

The reason why all this has to be stated here is simply that women, 

who could state it much better, have almost unanimously refrained from 

discussing such matters at all. One finds, indeed, a sort of general 

conspiracy, infinitely alert and jealous, against the publication of the 

esoteric wisdom of the sex, and even against the acknowledgment that any 

such body of erudition exists at all. Men, having more vanity and less 

discretion, area good deal less cautious. There is, in fact, a whole 

literature of masculine babbling, ranging from Machiavelli's appalling 

confession of political theory to the egoistic confidences of such men 

as Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Casanova, Max Stirner, Benvenuto 

Cellini, Napoleon Bonaparte and Lord Chesterfield. But it is very rarely 


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