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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

theory when this self-sufficiency disappears. After all, nature is on 

the side of mating, and hence on the side of marriage, and vanity is a 

powerful ally of nature. If men, at the normal mating age, had half 

as much to gain by marriage as women gain, then, all men would be as 

ardently in favour of it as women are. 

 

26. Disparate Unions 

 

 

This brings us to a fact frequently noted by students of the subject: 

that first-rate men, when they marry at all, tend to marry noticeably 

inferior wives. The causes of the phenomenon, so often discussed and 

so seldom illuminated, should be plain by now. The first-rate man, by 

postponing marriage as long as possible, often approaches it in the 

end with his faculties crippled by senility, and is thus open to the 

advances of women whose attractions are wholly meretricious, e.g., empty 

flappers, scheming widows, and trained nurses with a highly developed 

professional technic of sympathy. If he marries at all, indeed, he 

must commonly marry badly, for women of genuine merit are no longer 

interested in him; what was once a lodestar is now no more than a 

smoking smudge. It is this circumstance that account for the low calibre 

of a good many first-rate men's sons, and gives a certain support to the 

common notion that they are always third-raters. Those sons inherit from 

their mothers as well as from their fathers, and the bad strain is often 

sufficient to obscure and nullify the good strain. Mediocrity, as every 

Mendelian knows, is a dominant character, and extraordinary ability is 

recessive character. In a marriage between an able man and a commonplace 

woman, the chances that any given child will resemble the mother are, 

roughly speaking, three to one. 

 

The fact suggests the thought that nature is secretly against the 

superman, and seeks to prevent his birth. We have, indeed, no ground 

for assuming that the continued progress visualized by man is in actual 

accord with the great flow of the elemental forces. Devolution is quite 

as natural as evolution, and may be just as pleasing, or even a good 

deal more pleasing, to God. If the average man is made in God's image, 

then a man such as Beethoven or Aristotle is plainly superior to God, 

and so God may be jealous of him, and eager to see his superiority 

perish with his bodily frame. All animal breeders know how difficult it 

is to maintain a fine strain. The universe seems to be in a conspiracy 


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