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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

Then a sebaceous young clergyman. Then the junior partner in the firm 

she works for. Then a couple of department managers. Then a clerk. Then 

a young man with no definite profession or permanent job--one of the 

innumerable host which flits from post to post, always restive, always 

trying something new--perhaps a neighborhood garage-keeper in the end. 

Well, the girl begins with the Caine colossus: he vanishes into thin 

air. She proceeds to the moving picture actors: they are almost as 

far beyond her. And then to the man of God, the junior partner, the 

department manager, the clerk; one and all they are carried off by girls 

of greater attractions and greater skill--girls who can cast gaudier 

flies. In the end, suddenly terrorized by the first faint shadows of 

spinsterhood, she turns to the ultimate numskull--and marries him out of 

hand. 

 

This, allowing for class modifications, is almost the normal history 

of a marriage, or, more accurately, of the genesis of a marriage, under 

Protestant Christianity. Under other rites the business is taken out of 

the woman's hands, at least partly, and so she is less enterprising in 

her assembling of candidates and possibilities. But when the whole thing 

is left to her own heart--i.e., to her head--it is but natural that 

she should seek as wide a range of choice as the conditions of her 

life allow, and in a democratic society those conditions put few if any 

fetters upon her fancy. The servant girl, or factory operative, or even 

prostitute of today may be the chorus girl or moving picture vampire 

of tomorrow and the millionaire's wife of next year. In America, 

especially, men have no settled antipathy to such stooping alliances; 

in fact, it rather flatters their vanity to play Prince Charming to 

Cinderella. The result is that every normal American young woman, 

with the practicality of her sex and the inner confidence that goes 

therewith, raises her amorous eye as high as it will roll. And the 

second result is that every American man of presentable exterior and 

easy means is surrounded by an aura of discreet provocation: he cannot 

even dictate a letter, or ask for a telephone number without being 

measured for his wedding coat. On the Continent of Europe, and 

especially in the Latin countries, where class barriers are more 

formidable, the situation differs materially, and to the disadvantage of 

the girl. If she makes an overture, it is an invitation to disaster; her 

hope of lawful marriage by such means is almost nil. In consequence, the 


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