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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

shift his responsibility upon the schoolmaster. Love alone should 

be the fount from which revelations should flow; the master, from 

the very nature of his position, cannot reveal. 

 

"An imminent breakdown in health--due, it would now appear, to 

quite obvious causes--relieved me from the purgatory of the 

college dormitory, and I was removed to one of the private 

houses. These establishments were considered more select and less 

'rough.' The social atmosphere was, however, perhaps more 

unwholesome, because more effeminate, and was full of noble young 

sucklings. The nominal head of the house under normal conditions 

might have been a real leader; as it was, the real head of the 

house was a gilded young pariah, fairly low down in the school 

and full of hypocrisy and unnatural lusts. The boy who occupied 

the cubicle next to mine was also a bad case of sexual 

misdirection, though he had not the social distinction to make 

him quite so refined a terror. I had every opportunity of 

watching him until, two years later, he was fortunately asked to 

leave. He talked bawd from morning till night, got drunk on one 

or two occasions, masturbated constantly without concealment, had 

several of the younger boys _inter femora_, though without 

evincing any care or affection for them, and gave one the 

impression of having been born for a brothel. His one redeeming 

quality was an element of good nature: a characteristic one often 

finds among such as are selfish and irresponsible. I have since 

been told that he has gone completely to the dogs. Whether this 

young cub's sexual instincts could have been turned or guided I 

do not know; but in a rougher and simpler life than that of a 

public school, in a more open and less hypocritical atmosphere, 

he might, perhaps, have been licked into better shape. Hypocrisy 

is a vice, however, that schoolboys themselves are fortunately 

free from. It comes later. The tone among the boys was frankly 

and violently unclean, though unclean not from instinct, but from 

want of direction and from repression. 

 

"I have not a single happy recollection of this period of my 

school life. Yet out of this morass of misbegotten virtues I 

plucked my first blossom of genuine affection. I call it a 

blossom because it never ripened even to flower. I had been given 

the extreme of filth to feed upon at the outset, and now I found 

for myself the extreme of chastity. It will be a matter of 

lifelong regret to me that the love which was the lodestar of my 

school years was never fulfilled or set upon a sound basis of 

comradeship. 

 

"When I was about 161/2 years old there came into the house a boy 

about two years younger than myself, and who became the absorbing 

thought of my school days. I do not remember a moment, from the 

time I first saw him to the time I left school, that I was not in 

love with him, and the affection was reciprocated, if somewhat 

reservedly. He was always a little ahead of me in books and 

scholarship, but as our affection ripened we spent most of our 

spare time together, and he received my advances much as a girl 

who is being wooed, a little mockingly, perhaps, but with real 

pleasure. He allowed me to fondle and caress him, but our 

intimacy never went further than a kiss, and about that even was 

the slur of shame; there was always a barrier between us, and we 

never so much as whispered to one another concerning those things 

of which all the school obscenely talked. Any connection between 

our own emotions and the sexual morals of the school never 

occurred to us. In fact, we lived a dream-life of chastity that 

could not relate itself to any human conditions. This was 

suddenly broken in upon. My friend was very beautiful and an 

object of attraction to others. That some of the elder boys had 

made offers of sexual intercourse to him I knew, but to him, as 

to me, that was unspeakable wickedness. One day I heard that four 

or five of these suitors of his had mishandled him; they had, I 


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