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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

rank and splendor of the families from which they are sprung, and are 

even allowed the supreme authority. This a few years ago, was enjoyed by 

an empress, whose head did honor to her nation and to her sex; although, 

on some occasions, the virtues of her heart have been much suspected. 

The sex, in general, are protected from insult, by many salutary laws; 

and, except among the peasants, are exempted from every kind of toil and 

slavery. Upon the whole, they seem to be approaching fast to the 

enjoyment of that consequence, to which they have already arrived in 

several parts of Europe. 

 

 

THE IDEA OF FEMALE INFERIORITY. 

 

It is an opinion pretty well established, that in strength of mind, as 

well as of body, men are greatly superior to women. 

 

Men are endowed with boldness and courage, women are not. The reason is 

plain, these are beauties in our character; in theirs they would be 

blemishes. Our genius often leads to the great and the arduous; theirs 

to the soft and the pleasing; we bend our thoughts to make life 

convenient; they turn theirs to make it easy and agreeable. If the 

endowments allotted to us by nature could not be easily acquired by 

women, it would be as difficult for us to acquire those peculiarly 

allotted to them. Are we superior to them in what belongs to the male 

character? They are no less so to us, in what belongs to the female 

character. 

 

Would it not appear rather ludicrous to say, that a man was endowed only 

with inferior abilities, because he was not expert in the nursing of 

children, and practising the various effeminacies which we reckon lovely 

in a woman? Would it be reasonable to condemn him on these accounts? 

Just as reasonable, as it is to reckon women inferior to men, because 

their talents are in general not adapted to tread the horrid path of 

war, nor trace the mazes and intricacies of science. 

 

The idea of the inferiority of female nature has drawn after it several 

others the most absurd, unreasonable, and humiliating to the sex. Such 

is the pride of man, that in some countries he has considered 

immortality as a distinction too glorious for women. Thus degrading the 

fair partners of his nature, he places them on a level with the beasts 

that perish. 

 

As the Asiatics have, time immemorial, considered women as little better 

than slaves, this opinion probably originated among them. The 

Mahometans, both in Asia and Europe, are said, by a great variety of 

writers, to entertain this opinion. 

 

Lady Montague, in her letters, has opposed this general assertion of the 

writers concerning the Mahometans; and says that they do not absolutely 


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