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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 VI.--E.S., physician, aged 50. 

 

"I have some reason," he writes, "for believing that some of my 

relatives (on the paternal side) were not normal in their sexual 

life. But I am sure that no such suspicion was entertained by 

their friends or associates; they were very reticent people. A 

great proportion of my near relatives have remained unmarried or 

deferred marriage until late in life. None of them have been good 

business men; all seem to have been more deeply concerned in 

other things than in making--or in keeping--money. They have 

mostly taken little or no share in public life, and not cared 

much for society. Yet they have been folk of more than average 

ability, with intellectual and aesthetic interests. We are prone 

to enthusiasms, but lack perseverance. We are discursive and 

superficial, perhaps, but none would call us stupid. We are 

perhaps abnormally self-centered and self-conscious--never cruel 

or vicious. Our powers of self-control are considerable; we are 

conventional people only because we are lazy and intensely 

dislike any open self-assertion. Yet we are nervous rather than 

phlegmatic. All that is on the father's side. My maternal 

ancestors have been concerned with farming and the sea and have 

also had a similar lack of business capacity, but with less 

mental adaptiveness and alertness, with more steadiness of 

purpose, however, always doers rather than dreamers. Among them I 

remember one cousin who was probably abnormal, although he died 

when I was too young to notice much. Again, they were all rather 

reserved people, but more genial with strangers, more socially 

inclined, and with less self-control. 

 

"I was an only child and a spoilt one. I was always quick at 

school, fond of learning, and finding my lessons no trouble. 

Serious study I disliked. But for school purposes I did not find 

it necessary, and had no difficulty in carrying all before me. I 

was never fond of games, although very fond of being out of doors 

and of walking. Few of my relatives have been at all keen on 

sport. I made no close friendships at school and was never very 

popular with my schoolfellows, who, however, tolerated my odd 

ways better than might have been expected. I was easily brought 

to appreciate good literature, but I never had much power of 

expression or of strenuous thought. I was extremely susceptible 

and impressible, moved by beauty of any kind, but never at all 

ambitious or in any way creative. I was easily stimulated to 

work, and then loved to work; but, unless the stimulus were 

maintained the natural indolence of my disposition asserted 

itself, and I wasted my powers in dreams and trifles. My memory 

was very quick and retentive, in the main, but curiously 

capricious. I always lacked initiative and decision. At college 

my successes were continued. I gained medals and prizes, passed 

my examinations easily, and graduated 'with first-class honors.' 

In my professional lifework I have been successful rather beyond 

the average. I love it with all my heart. 

 

"I cannot speak with any confidence about the first stirrings of 

my sexual instincts, but I think I can assert that they have at 

no time led me to any desire for the opposite sex. It is true 

that my earliest recollection of the kind is concerned with 

intimacies with a girl play-fellow, but as we had at the time 

reached only the mature age of 7 (at the most) I fancy that our 

mutual exhibitions--for there was nothing more--simply satisfied 

our natural curiosity. Certainly these memories are, in my mind, 

in no way set apart from the recollections of other kinds of 

play. Next to that I remember the usual schoolboy talk about 

things hidden and forbidden, but up till I was 12 or so this was 

simply dirty talk, concerned more with renal and intestinal 

functions than with any sexual feelings or understanding. One boy 

was known to us all (and of my not inconsiderable circle of early 

friends, all grew up to be normal people, who married and had 

children in due course) for the unusual size of his parts and for 


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