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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

me for the detection of my secret. He had drawn me upon his knee; 

I sat there silent, flushing and dumbfounded. He made no attempt 

to press me; he had, as he thought, said enough if I chose to be 

reciprocal; beyond that he would not tempt me. A few years ago I 

heard of him married and prosperous. 

 

"In following up my emotions in this direction I have far 

outstripped the period up to which I have given a complete 

exposition of my development. I must have been more than 12 years 

old before school life persuaded me to face (as taught by 

sniggering novices) the actual facts of sexual intercourse. At 

the same time I learned that I had means of extracting enjoyment 

from my own body in a definite direction which I had not till 

then suspected. A growing resistance on my part to his cold 

desires had led to a break with my former intimate; to the last 

he had taught me nothing, except distaste for himself. I now 

found ready teachers right and left of me. One of my 

schoolfellows invited me to watch; him in the process of 

masturbation; the spectacle left me quite unmoved; the result 

appeared to me far less exciting than the discharge of urine 

which, until then, I had associated with male virility. I was so 

accustomed to my own lone amorous broodings that the effort and 

action required for this process, when I attempted to imitate it, 

disconcerted my thoughts and interfered with concentration on my 

own inventions. I had never experienced the pleasure accompanying 

the spasm of emission, and there seemed to be nothing worth 

trying for along that road. I desisted and returned to my 

reveries. I was now in a perfect maze of promiscuity; there must 

have been at least fifty people who attracted me at that time. I 

developed a liking for imagining myself between two lovers, 

generally men who were physical contrasts. It was my habit to 

analyze as minutely as possible those who attracted me. To gain 

intimacy with what was below the surface I studied with attention 

their hands, the wrists where they disappeared (showing the hair 

of the forearm), and the neck; I estimated the comparative size 

of the generative organs, the formation of the thighs and 

buttocks, and thus constructed a presentment of the whole man. 

The more vividly I could do this, the keener was the pleasure I 

was able to obtain from their contemplated embraces. 

 

"Till now I had been absolutely untouched by any moral scruples. 

I had the usual acquiescence in the religious beliefs in which I 

had been trained; it did not enter my head that there was any 

divine law, one way or the other, concerning the allurements of 

the imagination. From my thirteenth year slight hints of 

uneasiness began to creep into my conscience. I began perhaps to 

understand that the formulas of religion, to which I had listened 

all my life with as little attention as possible, had some 

meaning which now and then touched the circumstances of my own 

life. I had not yet realized that my past foretold my future, and 

that women would be to me a repulsion instead of an attraction 

where things sexual were concerned. I had the full conviction 

that one day I should be married; I had also some fear that as I 

grew to manhood I might succumb to the temptations of loose 

women. I had an incipient revulsion from such a fate, and this 

seemed to me to indicate that moral stirrings were at work within 

me. One night I was amorously attacked in my bedroom by two of 

the domestics. I experienced an acute horror which I hid under 

laughter; my resistance was so desperate that I escaped with a 

tickling. I had been accustomed to sit on the servants' knees, a 

habit I had innocently retained from childhood; I can now recall 

in detail the approaches these women had been used to make me. At 

the time I was utterly oblivious that anything was intended. 

 

"I was equally oblivious to things that had a nearer relation to 

my own feelings. In passing along a side-street one night I was 

overtaken by a man who began conversation on the weather. He 


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