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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

 

HISTORY I.--Both parents healthy; father of unusually fine 

_physique_. He is himself a manual worker and also of 

exceptionally fine _physique_. He is, however, of nervous 

temperament. He is mentally bright, though not highly educated, a 

keen sportsman, and in general a good example of an all-around 

healthy Englishman. 

 

While very affectionate, his sexual desires are not strongly 

developed on the physical side, and seem never to have been so. 

He sometimes masturbated about the age of puberty, but never 

afterward. He does not appear to have well-marked erotic dreams. 

There used to be some attraction toward women, though it was 

never strong. At the age of 26 he was seduced by a woman and had 

connection with her once. Afterward he had reason to think she 

had played him false in various ways. This induced the strongest 

antipathy, not only to this woman, but to all marriageable women. 

A year after this episode homosexual feeling first became clear 

and defined. He is now 33, and feels the same antipathy to women; 

he hates even to speak of marriage. 

 

There has only been one really strong attraction, toward a man of 

about the same age, but of different social class, and somewhat a 

contrast to him, both physically and mentally. So far as the 

physical act is concerned this relationship is not definitely 

sexual, but it is of the most intimate possible kind, and the 

absence of the physical act is probably largely due to 

circumstances. At the same time there is no conscious desire for 

the act for its own sake, and the existing harmony and 

satisfaction are described as very complete. There is no 

repulsion to the physical side, and he regards the whole 

relationship as quite natural. 

 

 

HISTORY II.--B.O., English, aged 35, missionary abroad. A brother 

is more definitely inverted. B.O. has never had any definitely 

homosexual relationships, although he has always been devoted to 

boys; nor has he had any relationships with women. "As regards 

women," he says, "I feel I have not the patience to try and 

understand them; they are petulant and changeable," etc. He 

objects to being called "abnormal," and thinks that people like 

himself are "_extremely_ common." 

 

"I have never wanted to kiss boys," he writes, "nor to handle 

them in any way except to put my arm around them at their studies 

and at other similar times. Of course, with really little boys, 

it is different, but boys and girls under 14 seem to me much 

alike, and I can love either equally well. As to any sort of 

sexual connection between myself and one of my own sex, I cannot 

think of it otherwise than with disgust. I can imagine great 

pleasure in having connection with a woman, but their natures do 

not attract me. Indeed, my liking for my own sex seems to consist 

almost entirely in a preference for the masculine character, and 

the feeling that as an object to _look at_ the male body is 

really more beautiful than the female. When any strong 

temptations to sexual passion come over me in my waking moments, 

it is of women I think. On the other hand, I have to confess that 

after being with some lad I love for an hour or two, I have 

sometimes felt my sexual organs roused. But only once in my life 

have I experienced a strong desire to sleep in the same bed with 

a particular lad, and even then no idea of doing anything entered 

my mind. Needless to say, I did not sleep with him. 

 

"I never feel tempted by any girls here, although I see so many 

with their bodies freely exposed, and plenty of them have really 

pretty faces. Neither do I feel tempted to do anything improper 

with any of the boys, although I frequently sit talking with one 

who has very little on. But I find the constant sight of 

well-shaped bare limbs has a curious effect on the mind and comes 

before one's imagination as a picture at unlooked-for times. But 

the most curious thing of all is this: There are several lads 

here of whom I am very fond. Now when they are near me I think of 

them with only the purest and most tender feelings, but sometimes 


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