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CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
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CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
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The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
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CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

intensity to, though never as painful as, sexual jealousy. 

 

Another factor in jealousy is _anger_ over loss of what we consider 

our property. In our present social order the man considers his wife 

his absolute property, and so does the wife consider her husband. And 

there is anger that a stranger should dare to rob us or make use of 

our property, just as there would be anger if a thief came and robbed 

us of a valuable material possession. This anger or rage part of 

jealousy is not a sign of love. It is very far from being so. Because 

it manifests itself also in men and women who have not a particle of 

love for their spouses; it manifests itself in spouses who have 

nothing but hatred and loathing for their partners. 

 

Another important factor is _pain_, pain that the person we love has 

ceased to love us. When we love a person and our love is not 

reciprocated, we feel pain which may rise to the degree of agony, even 

when there is no rival in the field. But when a person who loved us 

has ceased to love us--or we imagine so--and has transferred the love 

to another person that pain is so much the greater. 

 

I will digress here for a moment to state that the fear that a person 

has ceased to love us because he loves somebody else is often 

groundless. It is based upon the erroneous and vicious idea that a man 

cannot possibly love two women at the same time, or that a woman 

cannot love two men at the same time. Psychologists, particularly 

those who have made a special study of sexual psychology, know that 

this idea is false. They know that love may be directed at the same 

time towards two or three individuals. They know that a second love 

not only does not necessarily destroy or diminish a first love, but 

may deepen and strengthen the latter. 

 

Another element is pure _envy_. Just mean envy that somebody should 

have what we haven't, or what we have but are in danger of losing. 

Just as we envy others an automobile, a fine house, a high social 

position, etc., when we have not got them or have been deprived of 

them. 

 

A point that I would like to mention is, that if husbands who have 

become impotent--having lost either the desire or the power, but 

particularly the latter--become jealous, their jealousy knows no 

bounds. No strongly potent man ever reaches the same intensity in 

jealousy as is reached by a sexually weak or impotent man. The 

knowledge that another man has displaced him and that he himself could 

not replace that other man _even if he were permitted to_ fills him 

with impotent rage; and, as is well known, impotent rage is always 

more intense than rage that is potent. Women are free from this kind 

of rage, because women are never impotent in this sense. (They may be 


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