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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

at night when I am half asleep, or when I am taking my midday 

siesta, my imagination pictures one of these lads approaching a 

girl, or actually lying with her, and the strange thing is that I 

do not feel any desire myself to approach the girl, but I feel I 

wish I were in _her_ place and the lad was coming to _me_. In my 

calm, waking moments it disgusts and rather horrifies me to find 

myself apparently so unsexed--yet such is the fact, and the 

experience, with only slight changes, repeats itself over and 

over again. It is not that I, as a man, wish even in imagination 

to act improperly with a boy, but I feel I would like to be in 

the girl's place, and the strange thing is that in all these 

dreams and imaginings I can always apparently enter into the 

feelings of the woman better than into those of the man. 

Sometimes I fancy for a moment that perhaps reincarnation is true 

and I was a woman in my last life. Sometimes I fancy that when I 

was in the womb I was formed as a girl and the sexual organs 

changed just at the last moment. It is a curious problem. Don't 

think I worry about it. Only at long intervals do I think of 

it.... The thing has its bright side. Boys and men seem to have 

tender feelings toward me, such as one expects them to have for 

members of the opposite sex, and I get into all the closer 

contact with them in consequence." 

 

 

HISTORY III.--F.R., English, aged 50, Belongs on both sides to 

healthy, normal families, of more than average ability. Father 

was 35 at birth, and mother 27. He is the second of four 

children. There was a considerable interval between the births of 

the children, which were spread over twenty-one years. All are 

normal, except F.R., two of them married and with families. 

 

Owing to the difference of age between the children, F.R. (who 

was three years younger than his elder brother, and more than 

four years older than his sister, the third child) had no male 

companionship and was constantly alone with his mother. "Being 

naturally imitative," he remarks, "I think I acquired her tastes 

and interests and habits of thought. However that may be, I feel 

sure that my interests and amusements were more girlish than 

boyish. By way of illustration, I may mention that I have often 

been told by a friend of my mother's that, on one occasion, I was 

wanting a new hat, and none being found of a size to fit me, I 

congratulated myself that I should therefore be obliged to have a 

_bonnet!_ As regards my feminine tastes and instincts, I have 

always been conscious of taking interest in questions of family 

relationships, etiquette, dress (women's as much as, or more 

than, men's) and other things of that kind, which, as a rule, 

were treated with indifference or contempt. In the house I take 

more notice than my sister does of the servants' deficiencies and 

neglects, and am much more orderly in my arrangements than she 

is." 

 

There is nothing markedly feminine in the general appearance. 

Pubertal development took place at an early age, long before 

fourteen, with nocturnal emissions, but without erotic dreams. 

The testicles are well developed, the penis perhaps rather below 

the average in size, and the prepuce long and narrow. Erection 

occurs with much facility, especially at night. When young he 

knew nothing of masturbation, but he began the habit about ten 

years ago, and has practised it occasionally ever since. 

 

Although he likes the society of women to a certain extent, he 

soon grows tired of it, and has never had any desire to marry. 

His sexual dreams never have any relation to women. "I am 

generally doing or saying something," he remarks, "to some man 

whom I know when awake, something which I admit I might wish to 

do or say if it were not quite out of the question on grounds of 

propriety and self-respect." 

 

He has, however, never had any intimate relationships with men, 

and much that he has heard of such relationships fills him with 

horror. 

 

"What I feel about myself is," he writes, "that I have to a 


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