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Modern Woman

Her Intentions

Florence Farr

1910

 

Another fire has come into the harp,

Fire from beyond the world, and wakens it:

It has begun to cry out to the eagles!

W. B. Yeats
Second version of “Shadowy Waters.”

 

PREFACE

Mr. Galsworthy’s toy dog—Jewish Religion—Embryology

 

I

THE VOTE

Latent period before explosion—Refusal of the vote has given impetus to revolutionary enthusiasm—Thin end of the wedge—Ingenuity of women—A working woman and the hospital official’s chivalry—Thirty-two million workers, half-million independent means, two million of idle spinsters in England and Wales—Our wants

 

II

WOMEN’S INCOMES

Lucrative professions for women—Opera, singing—Theatrical, Literature, Medical, Expert, and average incomes—Other work—Independent incomes—Marriage for money—Courtesans, prostitutes, and riff-raff—Economic independence is a way of ennobling sex relations—Marriage often settles down into business partnership—The working man’s wife—Eugenic advantages of economic independence—Racial and social ideals are opposed to each other at present

 

III

THE VARIATIONS OF LOVE

The difficulty of a lasting attachment—Enthusiasm of youth—English girls apt to mistake interest for love—The virtuous wife—The flow and ebb of the tide of love—Permanent relations often founded on mutual contempt—Jealousy of relations—Mr. Harold Gorst’s Philosophy of Love—The marriage tie must persist because it suits one half of the population—Six million bachelors and seven million spinsters in England and Wales—The ostracism of the unfaithful is more often the cause of disease becoming serious than infidelity—The emotional degradation of a loveless marriage

 

IV

THE SORDID DIVORCE

Marriage laws to be reformed—Binding marriage in the Catholic Church—Bond of parenthood—The bond between the unattractive people—Heiresses—The childless—The extraordinarily attractive—Sordidness of English divorce—Restitution of conjugal rights—Suggested reform—Agreement in wishing for divorce should be the first cause for it—Questions of fortune or wealth to be fought out on economic grounds—Boredom the chief reason that people part, but too insulting to be mentioned in public—French dot—Sale of beauty—Sale of helpmate—Fixed allowance for “bed” and fixed allowance for “board”—The birth of child should automatically make a bond as in remote country places—The Saturday orgy and prudence—Drugging and prudence—The police court and the wife’s housekeeping money—A romance of the mining world

 

V

THE GREEN HOUSES OF JAPAN

Edmond de Goncourt’s account of courtesans in Tokio—Urgent danger of delay in reform—Fear of the spread of contagious disease—A trades union for prostitutes—The good of Public Health in this matter the good of future generations—Clean bill of health gives special susceptibility—Les Avariés—Anti-social rage—The various moral standards of women—Dangers of promiscuity not so great as the dangers of a cut finger or chapped lip—The sale of virginity—Intoxication leads to promiscuity, but it is not natural to the average woman—The ardour of a fresh lover her greatest temptation—Is charm of value as a racial factor? The attitude of marrying women

 

VI

BEAUTY AND MOTHERHOOD

The terror of motherhood—Women will specialize—Lovers of men and lovers of children—A woman has an instinct for the right father for her child ; but often chooses a bad lifelong companion for herself—Useless old ethical codes—Practical suggestion for race betterment—Sterilization of the unfit—Education in the laws of sexual health——Motherly women with no chance of children—Unmotherly women attractive to men and very good helpmates—Surgical aid for the tuberculosis child-producer—Prejudices—Intellectual education

 

VII

THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY

Life Consciousness—The Man, the Insect, the Tree are representatives of Intellect, Instinct, and Torpid Consciousness—Henri Bergson and William James—The interplay of the three kinds of consciousness—Motherhood and the vegetative consciousness—Choosing the mate and the instinctive consciousness—The Matriarchal civilization—The surprises instinct prepares for intellect in dreams and inventions

 

VIII

THE IMAGINATIVE WOMAN

Physical love, reproduction—Emotional love, a satisfaction or enjoyment—Scientific curiosity about love—Philosophic and sympathetic understanding of all sorts of love—Imaginative love makes the consciousness elemental—The glory and danger of imagination—Vicarious imagination in reading—The middle-aged suppress imagination in the young—Saintly beauty—Philosophy, Criticism, Sensuousness, and commonplace life—Madness, Folly, Drink, Drugging—The imaginative man is womanly in these respects—Weininger’s Sex and Character—Forel, Bloch—Mr. Austen Chamberlain

 

IX

EXPERIMENTS

Solitude and family—The home—The gay societies of the past—Solemn experiments in love—Civilization a protection from, or concealment of, the animal necessities—Eating in public—Privacy—When truth is goodness—Useful conventions—Saint Teresa and her men friends—Lead the way if you want to make an experiment; if you want to follow anyone, it is a sign you should follow the herd

 

X

THE SAVAGE, THE BARBARIAN, THE CIVILIZED

The Spaniard, the Russian, the Parisian—Intellect, art, morals, religion, and women—Conspicuousness—The fight against the patriarchal goat—The passing love—The necessity of many friends—The real play of the life to come

 

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