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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
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CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

above _would_ have an undoubted influence in minimizing the mephitic, 

destructive effects of the feeling of jealousy. People properly 

brought up will always succeed in controlling or suppressing certain 

non-vital instincts or emotions on which society puts its stamp of 

disapproval, which it considers "not nice" or disgraceful. 

 

I am, therefore, an optimist in relation to the eventual uprooting of 

the greater number of components of the anti-social feeling of 

jealousy. And when woman reaches economic independence, then another 

component of the instinct of jealousy--the terror at losing a provider 

and being left in poverty--will disappear. 

 

=Jealousy Not Toward Rivals.= Jealousy need not express itself toward 

a sexual rival only. A person may be jealous of people who can never 

be sexual rivals; the jealousy need not even be of people; it may be 

of inanimate objects, of a person's work, profession or hobby. Thus a 

wife may be intensely jealous of her husband's mother, towards whom he 

is very affectionate or simply kind and considerate. She may be 

jealous of her own children if she notices or imagines that the father 

loves them intensely, or if he spends a good deal of time with them. 

She may be jealous of his male friends, and many a husband had to give 

up, not only his female acquaintances, but his life-long male 

friends--in order to preserve peace in the family. A wife may be 

fiercely jealous of her husband's success and reputation, and cases 

are not unknown where the wife put every possible obstacle in her 

husband's way, in order to make him fail in his work, to make him turn 

out mediocre work, all from fear that his success would gain him 

admirers, which might perhaps take him away from her. Wives have been 

known to do everything in their power to _exhaust_ and weaken their 

husbands, to make them physically unattractive, only to keep them. And 

so powerful is this primitive, childish, savage feeling, this desire 

for exclusive monopoly, that there is _nothing_ a jealous wife, 

sweetheart or mistress may not do in order to retain the man, in order 

to regain him, or, having lost him irretrievably, in order to revenge 

herself. And what is said about the woman is applicable with equal 

force to man. It is a huge mistake to assume that jealousy is woman's 

prerogative, her particular characteristic, or even that it is 

stronger in her than in man. A man can be as savagely jealous as any 

woman and suffer the same tortures of hell. 

 

=Jealousy Defeats Its Object.= One of the worst features about 

jealousy is that it defeats its own object. We have been told, as 

stated before, that jealousy was once upon a time a racial instinct, 

that by frightening away rivals it helped to found the family and to 

keep it chaste and pure. Quite the contrary is true now. More than one 


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