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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

Walpurgis dance. 

 

"These were the only occasions upon which I have had sexual 

intercourse with women. Looking back to them now, they appear to 

me to have been almost inevitable; but if I had my life over 

again I would shun them as I would a lethal draught. I believe I 

came out of the fire unscathed; probably, indeed, it did me good, 

in the sense that it made it possible for me to look deeper into 

life; though to what extent seeing the torments of the damned 

makes us do this, perhaps only a Dante could tell. To gain 

knowledge at the expense of the shame and misery of others I hold 

to be fundamentally wrong and immoral. What is to me, however, 

the chief and bitterest thought is that I flung away the first 

spring of manhood where I got no love in return. His virginity 

is, or should be, as glorious and sacred a possession to a youth 

as to a maiden; to be guarded jealously; to be given only at the 

call of love, to one who loves him--be it comrade, mistress, or 

wife--and whom he can love in return. 

 

"The full university life into which I now entered at the age of 

20 brought with it a flood of new ideas, feelings and sensations. 

The friendships I made there will always remain the central ones 

in my life. Up to my last term at college at the age of 24 I 

still wore my chain-mail of artificial chastity; but then a 

change gradually set in, and I began to understand the 

relationship of the physical phenomena of sex to its intellectual 

and imaginative manifestations. (I was not destined to fully 

realize this for some years and then exclusively through and out 

of my own personal experience.) It was the study of Walt 

Whitman's _Leaves of Grass_ that first brought me light upon this 

question. Hitherto I had kept the two things locked up, as it 

were, in two separate air-tight compartments,--my friendships in 

one, my sex instincts in another,--to be kept under and repressed 

by the public-school code as I conceived it. 

 

"It is needless to say that I was continually troubled by the 

customary sex phenomena: erotic dreams, loss of semen, 

troublesome erections at night, etc. These I repressed as best I 

could, by habitual masturbation and by the regular diet and 

exercise which academic life made possible. At one time, for the 

period of a year I should say, I tried to overcome the desire for 

masturbation by gradual stages, on the principle of the 

drunkard's cure by which he took every day less tipple by the 

insertion of one pebble more in his bottle. I marked on my 

calendar the erotic dreams and the nights on which I masturbated, 

and sought gradually to extend the intervening periods. Six 

weeks, however, was the longest time for which I was able to 

abstain." 

 

A few years later the writer of this communication formed an 

intimate relationship (in which he did not make the first 

advances) with a youth, some years younger than himself and of 

lower social class, whose development he was able to assist. "But 

for my part," he remarks, "I owe him as much as I gave him, for 

his love lighted up the gold of affection that was in me and 

consumed the dross. It was from him that I first learned that 

there was no such thing as a hard-and-fast line between the 

physical and the spiritual in friendship." This relationship 

lasted for some years, when the young man married; its effects 

are described as very beneficial to both parties; all the sexual 

troubles vanished, together with the desire to masturbate. 

"Everything in life began to sing with joy, and what little of 

real creative work I may have done I attribute largely to the 

power of work that was born in me during those years." 

 

HISTORY XIV.--Scotchman, aged 38. His paternal ancestors were 

normal, so far as he knows. His mother belonged to a very 

eccentric old Celtic family. Soon after 5 he became so enamored 

of a young shepherd that the boy had to be sent away. He 

practised masturbation many years before the age of puberty, and 

attaches importance to this as a factor in the evolution of his 


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