This article is from the Magick Tantra FAQ, by Tyagi Nagasiva email@example.com, Catherine Yronwode firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
It seems like an ancient marriage manual more than anything else.
The Kama Sutra is an ancient marriage manual. It reads
like an old-fashioned sexual self-help book. It is highly
coloured by local cultural beliefs, too, regarding the
status of women, of marriage as an institution, and even of
children and pets. We consider it more of a curiosity than
anything else -- and we consider 19th and 20th century
interest in it a significator of Western culture's
fascination with "exotic" (i.e. foreign culture) sex. The
Kama Sutra is no more or less about sexual metaphysics or
sexual spirituality than a standard American "how-to-fuck"
book would be.