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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

have not even the brains to see that this very fearlessness 

proves the fictitious character of their beliefs. Next, they 

believe that if only they could get my dismissal from my 

journalistic post I should be brought to starvation point. This 

up to a year ago was true. Then an old relative died and left me 

some property which I sold to invest in an annuity, and thus have 

just enough to live on quietly, apart from what I may earn. Under 

such strange conditions it might be asked whether life was not 

unendurable. Frankly speaking, I cannot say that I find it so. I 

have in London a few bachelor friends who go with me to theaters, 

etc. In the suburbs I have about half a dozen family friends. 

Here I meet with pleasant society and a hearty welcome. I am 

passionately fond of music, have an excellent piano, and can hear 

the best concerts in Europe. I go to all good plays. I am a good 

chess player. Lastly, I am an omnivorous reader. You will allow 

that my resources for passing the time are not limited. 

 

"Of course, I am sorry that I sinned, and wish that I had not 

done so. But I disclaim any feeling of shame." 

 

S.W. was the youngest of four children and the only boy. His 

father was 40 at his birth, his mother 33. The father was an 

intellectual man of weak character, the mother a woman of violent 

and eccentric temper, with, he believes, strong sexual passions. 

S.W. knows of nothing in the family to account for his own 

abnormal condition. 

 

He is short (five feet five inches), but well built, with strong 

chest and a powerful voice. His arms are weak and flabby 

(feminine, he thinks), but the legs muscular. As a boy of 14 he 

could walk forty miles with ease, and he played football till 

near the age of 45. He is considered manly in character and 

tastes, but is easily moved to tears under strong excitement. 

There is no information as to the type of man to whom he is 

attracted. I may observe, however, that the analytical chemist 

who first evoked S.W.'s admiration was well known to me some 

thirty years later, as he was my own teacher in chemistry. At 

that time he was an elderly man of attractive appearance and 

character, sympathetic and winning in manner to an almost 

feminine extent. 

 

S.W. has never felt the slightest sexual attraction toward the 

opposite sex. The first indications of inverted feeling were at 

the age of 6 or 7. Watching his father's pupils, boys of 13 or 

14, from the windows, he speculated on what their organs of 

generation were like. "In connection with a girl," he writes, "I 

should no more have thought of such a thing than in the case of a 

block of marble." About this time, indeed, he at times slept with 

a sister of 10, who induced him to go through the form of sexual 

connection, saying that it felt "so funny;" but he merely did 

this to please her, and without the slightest interest or feeling 

on his own part. This attitude became more marked with increased 

knowledge, until he fell ardently in love at the age of 12. 

Throughout life he has practised masturbation to a certain 

extent, and is prepared to defend the practice in his own case. 

His erotic dreams have been of only the vaguest and most shadowy 

character. He is able to whistle. He takes a warm interest in 

politics and in philanthropic work. But his chief love is for 

music and he has published many musical compositions. On the 

whole, and notwithstanding the persecution he has endured, he 

does not regard his life as unhappy. At the same time he is 

keenly conscious of the atmosphere of "Pariahdom" which surrounds 

inverts, and in his own case this has never been alleviated by 

any sense of companionship in misery. The facility with which 

some inverts are said to recognize others of their own kind is 

quite incomprehensible to him; he has never to his knowledge met 

one. 

 

 

 

 


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