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Characteristics of man and woman , Kamasutra
The Part V, Chapter I of Kamasutra sketches the characteristics of man and woman in quite a coherent way.
 
 According to Part I, Chapter V of Kamasutra, there are many qualities for which the wives of other people may be resorted to. But there should be some other criteria on which the liking should depend such as the possibility of their acquirement, their strength for cohabitation, the danger in uniting with them, and the future effect of these relationships.:
  • Love of the eye
  • Attachment of the mind
  • Constant reflection
  • Destruction of sleep
  • Emaciation of the body
  • Turning away from objects of enjoyment
  • Removal of shame
  • Madness
  • Fainting
  • Death


  • According to ancient authors, a man should study the woman body or her characteristic marks and signs to know the nature, truthfulness, purity, will, and also the intensity or weakness of her passions. But Vatsayana's Kamasutra is of opinion that the forms of bodies, and the characteristic marks and signs can sometimes proved to be wrong. So according to him women should be judged by their conduct, by the external appearance of their thoughts, and by the movements of their bodies.

    According to Gonikaputra, the woman usually gets attracted to every handsome man, she is acquainted with and so does the man. They easily fall in love with every beautiful woman. But due to various constrains they do not take further steps. The woman when loves someone sometimes does the following actions, she loves without looking upon the right or wrong, she never tries to take the first step to gain over a man or when the man tries it she simply shrinks from him whether she want the union or not. But when the process is repeated over and over again at last she gives her consent. It is usually said that if some man gained anything very easily he doesn't give much importance to it and only desires a thing, which cannot be achieved easily.

    Kamasutra states that the causes of a woman rejecting the approaches of a man are as follows:
  • Affection for her husband
  • Desire of lawful progeny
  • Want of opportunity
  • Anger at being addressed by the man too familiarly
  • Difference in rank of life
  • Want of certainty on account of the man being devoted travelling
  • Thinking that the man may be attached to some other person

  • Fear of the man's not keeping his intentions secret
  • Thinking that the man is too devoted to his friends, and has too great a regard for them
  • The apprehension that he is not in earnest
  • Bashfulness on account of his being an illustrious man
  • Fear on account of his being powerful, or possessed of too impetuous passion, in the case of the deer woman
  • Bashfulness on account of his being too clever
  • The thought of having once lived with him on friendly terms only Contempt of his want of knowledge of the world
  • Distrust of his low character
  • Disgust at his want of perception of her love for him
  • In the case of an elephant woman, the thought that he is a hare man, or a man of weak passion
  • Compassion lest anything should befall him on account of his passion
  • Despair at her own imperfections
  • Fear of discovery
  • Disillusion at seeing his grey hair or shabby appearance
  • Fear that he may be employed by her husband to test her chastity
  • The thought that he has too much regard for morality


  • The man if sense any one or the other from the above list should try to eradicate it from the very beginning. He should try to remove all the doubts and shyness of the woman by showing his great love and affection for her. He should show some way of access to remove the difficulty of the meetings, or of his inaccessibility. He should try to make himself familiar and tells the woman not to give him excessive respect. To avoid the feeling of being a low character person he should show his wisdom or knowledge.

    According to Vatsayana's Kamasutra the following are the men who generally acquire success with women:
  • Men well versed in the science of love
  • Men skilled in telling stories
  • Men acquainted with women from their childhood Men
  • Who have secured their confidence
  • Men who send presents to them
  • Men who talk well
  • Men who do things that they like
  • Men who have not loved other women previously
  • Men who act as messengers
  • Men who know their weak points
  • Men who are desired by good women
  • Men who are united with their female friends
  • Men who are good looking
  • Men who have been brought up with them
  • Men who are their neighbors
  • Men who are devoted to sexual pleasures, even though these be with their own servants
  • The lovers of the daughters of their nurse
  • Men who have been lately married
  • Men who like picnics and pleasure parties
  • Men who are liberal
  • Men who are celebrated for being very strong (Bull men)
  • Enterprising and brave men
  • Men who surpass their husbands in learning and good looks, in good qualities, and in liberality
  • Men whose dress and manner of living are magnificent


  • The following are the women who are easily gained over:
  • Women who stand at the doors of their houses
  • Women who are always looking out on the street
  • Women who sit conversing in their neighbour's house
  • A woman who is always staring at you
  • A female messenger
  • A woman who looks sideways at you
  • A woman whose husband has taken another wife without any cause
  • A woman who hates her husband, or who is hated by him
  • A woman who has nobody to look after her, or keep her in check
  • A woman who has not had any children
  • A woman whose family or caste is not well known
  • A woman whose children are dead
  • A woman who is very fond of society
  • A woman who is apparently very affectionate with her husband
  • The wife of an actor
  • A widow
  • A poor woman
  • A woman fond of enjoyments
  • The wife of a man with many younger brothers
  • A vain woman
  • A woman whose husband is inferior to her in rank or abilities
  • A woman who is proud of her skill in the arts
  • A woman disturbed in mind by the folly of her husband
  • A woman who has been married in her infancy to a rich man, and not liking him when she grows up, desires a man possessing a disposition, talents, and wisdom suitable to her own tastes.
  • A woman who is slighted by her husband without any cause
  • A woman who is not respected by other women of the same rank or beauty as herself
  • A woman whose husband is devoted to traveling

  • The wife of a jeweler
  • A jealous woman
  • A covetous woman
  • An immoral woman
  • A barren woman
  • A lazy woman
  • A cowardly woman

  • A humpbacked woman
  • A dwarfish woman
  • A deformed woman

  • A vulgar woman
  • An ill-smelling woman
  • A sick woman
  • An old woman


  • Kamasutra further supports the subject with the following verse. :
    'Desire, which springs from nature, and which is increased by art, and from which all danger is taken away by wisdom, becomes firm and secure. A clever man, depending on his own ability, and observing carefully the ideas and thoughts of women, and removing the causes of their turning away from men, is generally successful with them.'

    (Last Updated on : 19/12/2008)
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