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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 XX.--Englishman, of independent means, aged 49. His 

father and his father's family were robust, healthy, and 

prolific. On his mother's side, phthisis, insanity, and 

eccentricity are traceable. He belongs to a large family, some of 

whom died in early childhood and at birth, while others are 

normal. He himself was a weakly and highly nervous child, subject 

to night-terrors and somnambulism, excessive shyness and 

religious disquietude. 

 

Sexual consciousness awoke before the age of 8, when his 

attention was directed to his own penis. His nurse, while out 

walking with him one day, told him that when little boys grow' 

up their penes fall off. The nursery-maid sniggered, and he felt 

that there must be something peculiar about the penis. He 

suffered from; irritability of the prepuce, and the nurse 

powdered it before he went to sleep. There was no transition from 

this to self-abuse. 

 

About the same time he became subject to curious half-waking 

dreams. In these he imagined himself the servant of several adult 

naked sailors; he crouched between their thighs and called 

himself their dirty pig, and by their orders he performed 

services for their genitals and buttocks, which he contemplated 

and handled with relish. At about the same period, when these 

visions began to come to him, he casually heard that a man used 

to come and expose his person before the window of a room where 

the maids sat; this troubled him vaguely. Between the age of 8 

and 11 he twice took the penis of a cousin into his mouth, after 

they had slept together; the feeling of the penis pleased him. 

When sleeping with another cousin, they used to lie with hands 

outstretched to cover each other's penis or nates. He preferred 

the nates, but his cousin the penis. Neither of these cousins was 

homosexual, and there was no attempt at mutual masturbation. He 

was in the habit of playing with five male cousins. One of these 

boys was unpopular with the others, and they invented a method of 

punishing him for supposed offenses. They sat around the room on 

chairs, each with his penis exposed, and the boy to be punished 

went around the room on his knees and took each penis into his 

mouth in turn. This was supposed to humiliate him. It did not 

lead to masturbation. On one occasion the child accidentally 

observed a boy who sat next to him in school playing with his 

penis and caressing it. This gave him a powerful, uneasy 

sensation. With regard to all these points the subject observes 

that none of the boys with whom he was connected at this period, 

and who were exposed to precisely the same influences, became 

homosexual. 

 

He was himself, from the first, indifferent to the opposite sex. 

In early childhood, and up to the age of 13, he had frequent 

opportunities of closely inspecting the sexual organs of girls, 

his playfellows. These roused no sexual excitement. On the 

contrary, the smell of the female parts affected him 

disagreeably. When he once saw a schoolfellow copulating with a 

little girl, it gave him a sense of mystical horror. Nor did the 

sight of the male organs arouse any particular sensations. He is, 

however, of opinion that, living with his sisters in childhood, 

he felt more curious about his own sex as being more remote from 

him. He showed no effeminacy in his preferences for games or 

work. 

 

He went to a public school. Here he was provoked by boy friends 

to masturbate, but, though he often saw the act in process, it 

only inspired him with a sense of indecency. In his fifteenth 

year puberty commenced with nocturnal emissions, and, at the 

same time, he began to masturbate, and continued to do so about 

once a week, or once a fortnight, during a period of eight 

months; always with a feeling that that was a poor satisfaction 

and repulsive. His thoughts were not directed either to males or 

females while masturbating. He spoke to his father about these 

signs of puberty, and by his father's advice he entirely 

abandoned onanism; he only resumed the practice, to some extent, 


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