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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION-1.1
INTRODUCTION-1.2
INTRODUCTION-1.3
INTRODUCTION-1.4
INTRODUCTION-1.5
INTRODUCTION-1.6
INTRODUCTION-1.7
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2
THE STUDY OF SEXUAL INVERSION
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-3
HISTORY-1-2-3-4
HISTORY-5
HISTORY-6
HISTORY-7-8
HISTORY-9
HISTORY-10-11-12
HISTORY-13-14
HISTORY-15
HISTORY-16-17-18-19
HISTORY-20
HISTORY-21 (begin)
HISTORY-21 (end)
HISTORY-22-23-24
HISTORY-25
HISTORY-26
HISTORY-27
HISTORY-28-29-30-31-32
HISTORY-33
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-3
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-4
HISTORY-34-35-36-37
HISTORY-38
HISTORY-39.1
HISTORY-39.2
HISTORY-39.3
HISTORY-39.4
FOOTNOTES
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-4
FOOTNOTES
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
CONCLUSIONS-1
CONCLUSIONS-2
CONCLUSIONS-3
CONCLUSIONS-4
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B-1
APPENDIX B-2-3-4
INDEX OF AUTHORS

division, it is scarcely a scientific classification. 

 

In the face of these various considerations, and in view of the fact that, 

while I feel justified in regarding the histories of my cases as reliable 

so far as they go, I have not been always able to explore them 

extensively, it has seemed best to me to attempt no classification at all. 

 

The order in which the following histories appear is not, therefore, to be 

regarded as possessing any significance. 

 

It may be proper, at this point, to say a few words as to the 

reliability of the statements furnished by homosexual persons. 

This has sometimes been called in question. Many years ago we 

used to be told that inverts are such lying and deceitful 

degenerates that it was impossible to place reliance on anything 

they said. It was also usual to say that when they wrote 

autobiographical accounts of themselves they merely sought to 

mold them in the fashion of those published by Krafft-Ebing. More 

recently the psychoanalysts have made a more radical attack on 

all histories not obtained by their own methods as being quite 

unreliable, even when put forth in good faith, in part because 

the subject withholds much that he either regards as too trivial 

or too unpleasant to bring forward, and in part because he cannot 

draw on that unconscious field within himself wherein, it is 

held, the most significant facts in his own sexual history are 

concealed. Thus Sadger ("Ueber den Wert der Autobiographien 

Sexuell Perverser," _Fortschritte der Medizin_, nos. 26-28, 1913) 

vigorously puts forward this view and asserts that the 

autobiographies of inverts are worthless, although his assertions 

are somewhat discounted by the fact that they accompany an 

autobiography, written in the usual manner, to which he 

attributes much value. 

 

The objection to homosexual autobiographic statements dates from 

a period when the homosexual were very little known, and it was 

supposed that their moral character generally was fairly 

represented by a small section among them which attracted more 

attention than the rest by reason of discreditable conduct. But, 

in reality, as we now know, there are all sorts of people, with 

all varieties of moral character, to be found among inverts, just 

as among normal people. Sadger (_Archiv fuer 

Kriminal-Anthropologie_, 1913, p. 199) complains of the "great 

insincerity of inverts in not acknowledging their inversion;" 

but, as Sadger himself admits, we cannot be surprised at this so 

long as inversion is counted a crime. The most normal persons, 

under similar conditions, would be similarly insincere. If the 

homosexual differ in any respect, under this aspect, from the 

heterosexual, it is by exhibiting a more frequent tendency to be 

slightly neuropathic, nervously sensitive, and femininely 

emotional. These tendencies, while on the one hand they are 

liable to induce a very easily detectable vanity, may also lead 

to an unusual self-subordination to veracity. On the whole, it 

may be said, in my own experience, that the best histories 

written by the homosexual compare favorably for frankness, 

intelligence, and power of self-analysis with those written by 

the heterosexual. 

 

The ancient allegation that inverts have written their own 

histories on the model, or under the suggestion, of those 

published in Krafft-Ebing's _Psychopathia Sexualis_ can scarcely 

have much force now that the published histories are so extremely 

varied and numerous that they cannot possibly produce any uniform 

impression on the most sensitively receptive mind. As a matter of 

fact, there is no doubt that inverts have frequently been 

stimulated to set down the narrative of their own experiences 

through reading those written by others. But the stimulation has, 

as often as not, lain in the fact that their own experiences have 

seemed different, not that they have seemed identical. The 

histories that they read only serve as models in the sense that 

they indicate the points on which information is desired. I have 


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