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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

to encourage the endless reproduction of peasants and Socialists, but 

a subtle and mysterious opposition stands eternally against the 

reproduction of philosophers. 

 

Per corollary, it is notorious that women of merit frequently marry 

second-rate men, and bear them children, thus aiding in the war upon 

progress. One is often astonished to discover that the wife of some 

sordid and prosaic manufacturer or banker or professional man is a woman 

of quick intelligence and genuine charm, with intellectual interests 

so far above his comprehension that he is scarcely so much as aware of 

them. Again, there are the leading feminists, women artists and other 

such captains of the sex; their husbands are almost always inferior men, 

and sometimes downright fools. But not paupers! Not incompetents in a 

man's world! Not bad husbands! What we here encounter, of course, is no 

more than a fresh proof of the sagacity of women. The first-rate woman 

is a realist. She sees clearly that, in a world dominated by second-rate 

men, the special capacities of the second-rate man are esteemed above 

all other capacities and given the highest rewards, and she endeavours 

to get her share of those rewards by marrying a second-rate man at 

the top of his class. The first-rate man is an admirable creature; his 

qualities are appreciated by every intelligent woman; as I have just 

said, it may be reasonably argued that he is actually superior to God. 

But his attractions, after a certain point, do not run in proportion 

to his deserts; beyond that he ceases to be a good husband. Hence the 

pursuit of him is chiefly maintained, not by women who are his peers, 

but by women who are his inferiors. 

 

Here we unearth another factor: the fascination of what is strange, the 

charm of the unlike, _heliogabalisme_. As Shakespeare has put it, there 

must be some mystery in love--and there can be no mystery between 

intellectual equals. I dare say that many a woman marries an inferior 

man, not primarily because he is a good provider (though it is 

impossible to imagine her overlooking this), but because his very 

inferiority interests her, and makes her want to remedy it and mother 

him. Egoism is in the impulse: it is pleasant to have a feeling of 

superiority, and to be assured that it can be maintained. If now, that 

feeling be mingled with sexual curiosity and economic self-interest, it 

obviously supplies sufficient motivation to account for so natural and 

banal a thing as a marriage. Perhaps the greatest of all these factors 


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