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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

tribute to his own high mightiness and consideration. Whatever is revolt 

against her immediate indolence and efficiency, his ideal is nearly 

always a situation in which she will figure as a magnificent drone, 

a sort of empress without portfolio, entirely discharged from every 

unpleasant labour and responsibility. 

 

 

 

 

29. Marriage and the Law 

 

 

This was not always the case. No more than a century ago, even by 

American law, the most sentimental in the world, the husband was the 

head of the family firm, lordly and autonomous. He had authority over 

the purse-strings, over the children, and even over his wife. He could 

enforce his mandates by appropriate punishment, including the corporal. 

His sovereignty and dignity were carefully guarded by legislation, the 

product of thousands of years of experience and ratiocination. He was 

safeguarded in his self-respect by the most elaborate and efficient 

devices, and they had the support of public opinion. 

 

Consider, now, the changes that a few short years have wrought. Today, 

by the laws of most American states--laws proposed, in most cases, 

by maudlin and often notoriously extravagant agitators, and passerby 

sentimental orgy--all of the old rights of the husband have been 

converted into obligations. He no longer has any control over his wife's 

property; she may devote its income to the family or she may squander 

that income upon idle follies, and he can do nothing. She has equal 

authority in regulating and disposing of the children, and in the case 

of infants, more than he. There is no law compelling her to do her share 

of the family labour: she may spend her whole time in cinema theatres or 

gadding about the shops as she will. She cannot be forced to perpetuate 

the family name if she does not want to. She cannot be attacked with 

masculine weapons, e.g., fists and firearms, when she makes an assault 

with feminine weapons, e.g., snuffling, invective and sabotage. Finally, 

no lawful penalty can be visited upon her if she fails absolutely, 

either deliberately or through mere incapacity, to keep the family 

habitat clean, the children in order, and the victuals eatable. 

 

Now view the situation of the husband. The instant he submits to 

marriage, his wife obtains a large and inalienable share in his 

property, including all he may acquire in future; in most American 

states the minimum is one-third, and, failing children, one-half. He 

cannot dispose of his real estate without her consent; he cannot even 


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