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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

Prime Minister dies childless, but when a Herbert Spencer goes to the 

grave without leaving sons behind him there is a detriment to all the 

generations of the future. 

 

I did not offer the plan, of course, as a contribution to practical 

politics, but merely as a sort of hypothesis, to help clarify the 

problem. Many other theoretical advantages appear in it, but its 

execution is made impossible, not only by inherent defects, but also by 

a general disinclination to abandon the present system, which at least 

offers certain attractions to concrete men and women, despite 

its unfavourable effects upon the unborn. Women would oppose the 

substitution of chance or arbitrary fiat for the existing struggle for 

the plain reason that every woman is convinced, and no doubt rightly, 

that her own judgment is superior to that of either the common hangman 

or the gods, and that her own enterprise is more favourable to her 

opportunities. And men would oppose it because it would restrict their 

liberty. This liberty, of course, is largely imaginary. In its common 

manifestation, it is no more, at bottom, than the privilege of being 

bamboozled and made a mock of by the first woman who ventures to essay 

the business. But none the less it is quite as precious to men as any 

other of the ghosts that their vanity conjures up for their enchantment. 

They cherish the notion that unconditioned volition enters into the 

matter, and that under volition there is not only a high degree of 

sagacity but also a touch of the daring and the devilish. A man is often 

almost as much pleased and flattered by his own marriage as he would be 

by the achievement of what is currently called a seduction. In the one 

case, as in the other, his emotion is one of triumph. The substitution 

of pure chance would take away that soothing unction. 

 

The present system, to be sure, also involves chance. Every man realizes 

it, and even the most bombastic bachelor has moments in which he humbly 

whispers: "There, but for the grace of God, go I." But that chance has 

a sugarcoating; it is swathed in egoistic illusion; it shows less stark 

and intolerable chanciness, so to speak, than the bald hazard of the 

die. Thus men prefer it, and shrink from the other. In the same way, I 

have no doubt, the majority of foxes would object to choosing lots to 

determine the victim of a projected fox-hunt. They prefer to take their 

chances with the dogs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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