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frigid, but they are never devoid of the _potentia coeundi_, except in 

extremely rare cases of _atresia vaginae_ or the absence of the 

external genitals.) 

 

There are a number of other components which go to make up this "queen 

of torments" or "king of torturers" jealousy, but those I have 

enumerated are the essential ones. 

 

What are they? Fear, vanity, anger, envy and pain. None of them 

admirable qualities, none of them, with the exception of the first and 

the last, even deserving our compassion. All of them anti-social and 

anti-individual qualities. Should not everything be done to eradicate 

such a rank weed, which draws its sustenance from roots each one of 

which is dipped in poison? 

 

We are told that in our primitive state jealousy was a social 

instinct; that by killing and keeping away rivals it helped to found 

and cement the family and to keep it pure. I do not care to enter 

here into a discussion of this point. But whatever useful role 

jealousy may have played in the remote ages (I doubt that it has), it 

is now an utterly useless, utterly vicious, utterly anti-social and 

anti-individual emotion. It is opposed to social life and it destroys 

individual happiness. And everything possible should be done to 

smother it, to strangle it, to eliminate it entirely from human life. 

 

Yes, I find no compensation whatever for jealousy; I find no place for 

it in our modern life and I am in complete agreement with Forel, who 

calls jealousy "a heritage of animals and barbarians." "That is what I 

would say," he says, "to all those who, in the name of offended honor, 

would grant it rights and even place it on a pedestal. It is ten times 

better for a woman to marry an unfaithful than a jealous husband.... 

Jealousy transforms marriage into a hell.... Even in its more moderate 

and normal form, jealousy is a torment, for distrust and suspicion 

poison love. We often hear of justified jealousy. I maintain that 

_jealousy is never justifiable_; it is always a stupid, atavistic 

inheritance, or else a pathological symptom." 

 

But can anything be done to eradicate this agonizing, tormenting 

emotion? I believe it can, and the ways and means to the eradication 

of this evil will be found on analyzing its components. We may not be 

able to destroy all the components; if we destroy the greater part of 

them much will have been accomplished. 

 

The underlying factors of jealousy are: the primitive instinct, also 

present in many animals, our ethical and religious ideas and our 

economic system. The primitive instinct we can repress and modify; we 

can hardly hope to eradicate it entirely. But our ideas and economic 

system we can change. It is easier to change ideas than it is a 

system, and it is with our ideas we should commence. 

 

The first idea we must endeavor to destroy is that it is impossible 


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