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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

had married and begotten sons, those sons, it is probable, would have 

contributed as much to philosophy as the sons and grandsons of Veit Bach 

contributed to music, or those of Erasmus Darwin to biology, or those of 

Henry Adams to politics, or those of Hamilcar Barca to the art of war. 

I have said that Herbert Spencer's escape from marriage facilitated his 

life-work, and so served the immediate good of English philosophy, but 

in the long run it will work a detriment, for he left no sons to carry 

on his labours, and the remaining Englishmen of his time were unable 

to supply the lack. His celibacy, indeed, made English philosophy 

co-extensive with his life; since his death the whole body of 

metaphysical speculation produced in England has been of little more, 

practical value to the world than a drove of bogs. In precisely the same 

way the celibacy of Schopenhauer, Kant and Nietzsche has reduced German 

philosophy to feebleness. 

 

Even setting aside this direct influence of heredity, there is the 

equally potent influence of example and tuition. It is a gigantic 

advantage to live on intimate terms with a first-rate man, and have his 

care. Hamilcar not only gave the Carthagenians a great general in his 

actual son; he also gave them a great general in his son-in-law, trained 

in his camp. But the tendency of the first-rate man to remain a bachelor 

is very strong, and Sidney Lee once showed that, of all the great 

writers of England since the Renaissance, more than half were either 

celibates or lived apart from their wives. Even the married ones 

revealed the tendency plainly. For example, consider Shakespeare. He 

was forced into marriage while still a minor by the brothers of Ann 

Hathaway, who was several years his senior, and had debauched him and 

gave out that she was enceinte by him. He escaped from her abhorrent 

embraces as quickly as possible, and thereafter kept as far away from 

her as he could. His very distaste for marriage, indeed, was the cause 

of his residence in London, and hence, in all probability, of the 

labours which made him immortal. 

 

In different parts of the world various expedients have been resorted to 

to overcome this reluctance to marriage among the better sort of men. 

Christianity, in general, combats it on the ground that it is offensive 

to God--though at the same time leaning toward an enforced celibacy 

among its own agents. The discrepancy is fatal to the position. On the 


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