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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

unduly by the dull round of domesticity. His wife may bore him 

hopelessly as mistress, just as any other mistress inevitably bores a 

man (though surely not so quickly and so painfully as a lover bores a 

woman), but she is not apt to bore him so badly in her other capacities. 

What he commonly complains about in her, in truth, is not that she tires 

him by her monotony, but that she tires him by her variety--not that 

she is too static, but that she is too dynamic. He is weary when he gets 

home, and asks only the dull peace of a hog in a comfortable sty. This 

peace is broken by the greater restlessness of his wife, the fruit of 

her greater intellectual resilience and curiosity. 

 

Of far more potency as a cause of connubial discord is the general 

inefficiency of a woman at the business of what is called keeping 

house--a business founded upon a complex of trivial technicalities. As I 

have argued at length, women are congenitally less fitted for mastering 

these technicalities than men; the enterprise always costs them more 

effort, and they are never able to reinforce mere diligent application 

with that obtuse enthusiasm which men commonly bring to their tawdry and 

childish concerns. But in addition to their natural incapacity, there 

is a reluctance based upon a deficiency in incentive, and deficiency 

in incentive is due to the maudlin sentimentality with which men regard 

marriage. In this sentimentality lie the germs of most of the evils 

which beset the institution in Christendom, and particularly in the 

United States, where sentiment is always carried to inordinate lengths. 

Having abandoned the mediaeval concept of woman as temptress the men of 

the Nordic race have revived the correlative mediaeval concept of woman 

as angel and to bolster up that character they have create for her a 

vast and growing mass of immunities culminating of late years in the 

astounding doctrine that, under the contract of marriage, all the duties 

lie upon the man and all the privileges appertain to the woman. In part 

this doctrine has been established by the intellectual enterprise 

and audacity of woman. Bit by bit, playing upon masculine stupidity, 

sentimentality and lack of strategical sense, they have formulated it, 

developed it, and entrenched it in custom and law. But in other part it 

is the plain product of the donkeyish vanity which makes almost every 

man view the practical incapacity of his wife as, in some vague way, a 


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