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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

 

No one has ever suspected A.H.'s sexual perversion, not even his 

physician, with whom he has long had a close friendship, until at 

a time of great mental distress A.H. voluntarily revealed his 

state. He is accustomed to refined society, has always read much, 

abhorred athletic pursuits, and loved poetry, children, and 

flowers. His love of nature amounts, indeed, to a passion. 

Wherever he has been he has made friends among the best people. 

He confesses to occasional periods of addiction to intoxicants, 

induced by sociable companionship, and only controlled by force 

of will. 

 

For business he has not the slightest aptitude, and cannot look 

after his own affairs. He is always dreading poverty and 

destitution. He believes, however, that he passes among his 

friends as fairly capable. 

 

He considers that inversion is natural in his case and that he 

has a perfect right to gratify his own natural instincts, though 

he also admits they may be vices. He has never sought to 

influence an innocent person toward his own tendencies. 

 

 

HISTORY XI.--T.D., knows of nothing abnormal in his ancestry. His 

brother has homosexual tendencies, but is also attracted to 

women. A sister, who is very religious, states that she has 

little or no sexual inclinations. They were all of a dreamy 

disposition when young, to the disgust of their teachers. He sent 

the following account of himself from the University at the age 

of 20:-- 

 

"When I was a child (before I went to school at 9)," he writes, 

"I was already of an affectionate disposition, an affection 

turned readily to either sex. No boy was the cause of my 

inclinations, which were quite spontaneous. (No doubt, part of 

the cause may be found in our social system, by which ladies are 

rather drawing-room creatures to be treated with distant 

respect.) When I was 10, at a preparatory school, I first began 

to form attachments with other boys of my own age, in which I 

always had regard to physical beauty. It is this stage, in which 

the sexual element is latent, that Shelley speaks of as preceding 

love in ardent natures. 

 

"At 12 I learned masturbation, apparently by instinct, and, I 

regret to say, practised it to excess for the next seven years, 

always secretly and with shame, and often with the accompaniment 

of prurient imaginings which did not prevent my relations with 

those I loved being of a very spiritual nature. Masturbation was 

often practised daily, with bursts of repentance and abstinence, 

latterly more rarely. But until I was 15 I really knew nothing of 

sexual matters, and it was not till I was at least 17 that I was 

conscious of sexual desire, which I repressed with shame. 

 

"Owing to excessive self-abuse, I am unable to emit except 

manually, but desire is strong. I think naked contact would 

suffice, and in any case intercrural connection. _Pedicatio_ and 

_fellatio_ I abhor. I love boys between the ages of 12 and 15; 

they must be of my own class, refined, and lovable. I only desire 

the active masculine part. I now regard my inclinations as 

natural and normal to me. The difficulty is that of leading the 

other party to regard it as such, besides the young age required 

and clandestine nature of proceedings necessary. The moral 

difficulties of circumstances are so strong that I have little 

hope of ever gratifying my passion fully. I have found myself 

deceived in the character of the boy twice. The last friendship 

lasted three years, during which time I only saw him naked two or 

three times (this caused erection), never touched him pruriently, 

and only kissed him once. 

 

"I have never found a satisfactory object of my affections, and 

my happiness, perhaps my health, have been seriously injured. At 

my public school a master helped me to a truer understanding of 

these things. The merely animal sodomy which exists in many 

public schools was unknown. What I learned of sex I learned for 

myself. I am recommended to turn my aspirations to the abstract 

universal maid; but so far at least I cannot do it. 


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