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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

after the age of 30, when he was without male comradeship. 

 

The nocturnal emissions, after he had abandoned self-abuse, 

became very frequent and exhausting. They were medically treated 

by tonics such as quinine and strychnine. He thinks this 

treatment exaggerated his neurosis. 

 

All this time, no kind of sexual feeling for girls made itself 

felt. He could not understand what his schoolfellows found in 

women, or the stories they told about wantonness and delight of 

coitus. 

 

His old dreams about the sailors had disappeared. But now he 

enjoyed visions of beautiful young men and exquisite statues; he 

often shed tears when he thought of them. These dreams persisted 

for years. But another kind gradually usurped their place to some 

extent. These second visions took the form of the large, erect 

organs of naked young grooms or peasants. These gross visions 

offended his taste and hurt him, though, at the same time, they 

evoked a strong, active desire for possession; he took a strange, 

poetic pleasure in the ideal form. But the seminal losses which 

accompanied both kinds of dreams were a perpetual source of 

misery to him. 

 

There is no doubt that at this time--that is, between the 

fifteenth and seventeenth years--a homosexual diathesis had 

become established. He never frequented loose women, though he 

sometimes thought that would be the best way of combating his 

growing inclination for males. And he thinks that he might have 

brought himself to indulge freely in purely sexual pleasure with 

women if he made their first acquaintance in a male costume, as 

_debardeuses, Cherubino_, court-pages, young halberdiers, as it 

is only when so clothed that women on the stage or in the 

ball-room have excited him. 

 

His ideal of morality and fear of venereal infection, more than 

physical incapacity, kept him what is called chaste. He never 

dreamed of women, never sought their society, never felt the 

slightest sexual excitement in their presence, never idealized 

them. Esthetically, he thought them far less beautiful than men. 

Statues and pictures of naked women had no attraction for him, 

while all objects of art which represented handsome males deeply 

stirred him. 

 

It was in his eighteenth year that an event occurred which he 

regards as decisive in his development. He read Plato. A new 

world opened, and he felt that his own nature had been revealed. 

Next year he formed a passionate, but pure, friendship with a boy 

of 15. Personal contact with the boy caused erection, extreme 

agitation, and aching pleasure, but not ejaculation. Through four 

years he never saw the boy naked or touched him pruriently. Only 

twice he kissed him. He says that these two kisses were the most 

perfect joys he ever felt. 

 

His father now became seriously anxious both about his health and 

his reputation. He warned him of the social and legal dangers 

attending his temperament. But he did not encourage him to try 

coitus with women. He himself thinks that his own sense of danger 

might have made this method successful, or that, at all events, 

the habit of intercourse with women might have lessened neurosis 

and diverted his mind to some extent from homosexual thoughts. 

 

A period of great pain and anxiety now opened for him. But his 

neurasthenia increased; he suffered from insomnia, obscure 

cerebral discomfort, stammering, chronic conjunctivitis, 

inability to concentrate his attention, and dejection. Meanwhile 

his homosexual emotions strengthened, and assumed a more sensual 

character. He abstained from indulging them, as also from 

onanism, but he was often forced, with shame and reluctance, to 

frequent places--baths, urinaries, and so forth--where there were 

opportunities of seeing naked men. 

 

Having no passion for women, it was easy to avoid them. Yet they 

inspired him with no exact horror. He used to dream of finding an 

exit from his painful situation by cohabitation with some coarse, 

boyish girl of the people; but his dread of syphilis stood in the 


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