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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

authority, or to devote herself honestly to the upkeep of his house, or 

to bear him a biological sufficiency of heirs. And the German Hausfrau, 

once so innocently consecrated to Kirche, Kuche und Kinder, is going the 

same way. 

 

 

 

 

30. The Emancipated Housewife 

 

 

What has gone on in the United States during the past two generations 

is full of lessons and warnings for the rest of the world. The American 

housewife of an earlier day was famous for her unremitting diligence. 

She not only cooked, washed and ironed; she also made shift to master 

such more complex arts as spinning, baking and brewing. Her expertness, 

perhaps, never reached a high level, but at all events she made 

a gallant effort. But that was long, long ago, before the new 

enlightenment rescued her. Today, in her average incarnation, she is not 

only incompetent (alack, as I have argued, rather beyond her control); 

she is also filled with the notion that a conscientious discharge of her 

few remaining duties is, in some vague way, discreditable and degrading. 

To call her a good cook, I daresay, was never anything but flattery; the 

early American cuisine was probably a fearful thing, indeed. But today 

the flattery turns into a sort of libel, and she resents it, or, at all 

events, does not welcome it. I used to know an American literary 

man, educated on the Continent, who married a woman because she had 

exceptional gifts in this department. Years later, at one of her 

dinners, a friend of her husband's tried to please her by mentioning 

the fact, to which he had always been privy. But instead of being 

complimented, as a man might have been if told that his wife had married 

him because he was a good lawyer, or surgeon, or blacksmith, this 

unusual housekeeper, suffering a renaissance of usualness, denounced the 

guest as a liar, ordered him out of the house, and threatened to leave 

her husband. 

 

This disdain of offices that, after all, are necessary, and might as 

well be faced with some show of cheerfulness, takes on the character of 

a definite cult in the United States, and the stray woman who attends to 

them faithfully is laughed at as a drudge and a fool, just as she is apt 

to be dismissed as a "brood sow" (I quote literally, craving absolution 

for the phrase: a jury of men during the late war, on very thin 

patriotic grounds, jailed the author of it) if she favours her lord with 

viable issue. One result is the notorious villainousness of American 


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