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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

things stand, that odium is of definite potency, and undoubtedly has its 

influence upon a certain number of men in the lower ranks of bachelors. 

They stand, so to speak, in the twilight zone of bachelorhood, with one 

leg furtively over the altar rail; it needs only an extra pull to bring 

them to the sacrifice. But if they could compound for their immunity 

by a cash indemnity it is highly probable that they would take on new 

resolution, and in the end they would convert what remained of their 

present disrepute into a source of egoistic satisfaction, as is done, 

indeed, by a great many bachelors even today. These last immoralists are 

privy to the elements which enter into that disrepute: the ire of women 

whose devices they have resisted and the envy of men who have succumbed. 

 

 

22. Compulsory Marriage 

 

 

I myself once proposed an alternative scheme, to wit, the prohibition 

of sentimental marriages by law, and the substitution of match-making 

by the common hangman. This plan, as revolutionary as it may seem, would 

have several plain advantages. For one thing, it would purge the serious 

business of marriage of the romantic fol-de-rol that now corrupts it, 

and so make for the peace and happiness of the race. For another thing, 

it would work against the process which now selects out, as I have said, 

those men who are most fit, and so throws the chief burden of paternity 

upon the inferior, to the damage of posterity. The hangman, if he made 

his selections arbitrarily, would try to give his office permanence 

and dignity by choosing men whose marriage would meet with public 

approbation, i.e., men obviously of sound stock and talents, i.e., the 

sort of men who now habitually escape. And if he made his selection by 

the hazard of the die, or by drawing numbers out of a hat, or by 

any other such method of pure chance, that pure chance would fall 

indiscriminately upon all orders of men, and the upper orders would thus 

lose their present comparative immunity. True enough, a good many men 

would endeavour to influence him privately to their own advantage, and 

it is probable that he would occasionally succumb, but it must be plain 

that the men most likely to prevail in that enterprise would not be 

philosophers, but politicians, and so there would be some benefit to 

the race even here. Posterity surely suffers no very heavy loss when 

a Congressman, a member of the House of Lords or even an ambassador or 


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