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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

clothed), and, above all, never have a bad breath. He must be 

intelligent, love music, art, literature, and nature. He must be 

refined and cultured and have been about the world. He must have 

simplicity in behavior, dress, and manner, and, above all, be 

clean-bodied as clean-minded. Cynicism I cannot stand. (Here I 

may state I once owned a St. Bernard dog which reminded me much 

of my ideal. He was always sedate, always loving, and faithful; 

generally quiet. He only got excited when out in the elements.) I 

have not been able to get on with people who have no sense of 

humor. From my birth I was physically weak. First I suffered from 

eczema. Being born with a double squint, I was operated on at 21/2 

and again at 31/2 years of age, with excellent result. From 4 to 12 

years of age I had convulsions (often), and all the illnesses of 

childhood. At the age of 121/2 years I took scarlet fever, followed 

by a weak heart, which grew stronger after a year, and Bright's 

disease, which lasted fifteen years with hardly a break. This 

illness had its wonted effect of producing melancholia and 

upsetting the whole nervous system. Bright's disease stopped 

suddenly but was followed by a succession of illnesses. Then I 

had neuritis very badly. I then removed to Bavaria, and to regain 

nervous strength I was treated by Freud's psychoanalytical 

method, with great success. I had a very bad relapse, as my 

brother, who had just heard I was homosexual, came to visit me 

and threatened to have me put under guardians, if my father 

should die. It took me weeks to recover from the shock. We broke 

off all intercourse and though my brother has been several times 

in the same town where I have been, we remain strangers. At this 

time my father died suddenly. Last spring four suicides of 

friends in so many weeks had a very bad effect on my nerves. I am 

now in Berlin in better spirits, but the cramp continues badly at 

times. 

 

"To this I must add that since my fourteenth year, independent of 

any illness, I have suffered mentally and physically from 

menstrual pains recurring every twenty-eight days and lasting 

from six to eight days. That these were the equivalent pains to a 

woman's menstruation periods I could get no doctor to admit till 

I was treated for a length of time by a German nerve specialist. 

 

"The physical pains begin abruptly. Sudden congestions of blood 

in the brain and in the abdomen. Sudden perspirations, heat and 

cold. Great nervous pains in the small of the back, also in the 

nerve-centers of abdomen and stomach. Sharp, shooting pains in 

the breasts and especially the nipples. Sudden toothache which 

stops as suddenly. The skin becomes darker, sometimes mottled. I 

have the whole time a taste of blood in my mouth and often 

everything I eat tastes of blood. I have great difficulty at that 

time in eating meat. Physical longings for erotic adventure, 

counterbalanced by mental nausea at the bare idea. 

 

"The mental symptoms are: sudden feeling of deep depression, 

suicidal tendencies, alternating with sudden inexplicable 

lightheartedness. Capriciousness and great dissatisfaction with 

myself and life generally. Horror at my own incompleteness of sex 

and sudden fits of hatred toward women and a great longing to be 

loved by men. This condition changes slowly back to the normal 

one. It takes several days for me to lose my physical weakness 

owing to it. 

 

"Physically I was developed at 16 years of age. Mentally I was 

developed at a very early age, but I kept my inner life quite 

dark, always playing the innocent. Nobody at home believed me to 

know anything about life. They were at times very surprised when 

I fell out of the role I had planned for myself. Up till I was 17 

years of age nothing to do with other people's morals was ever 

discussed before me. I looked so pure, and do now, that people 

are always careful in front of me. My father never discussed such 

things with me. From my earliest childhood I loved men dearly, 


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