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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

childish, caressing manners a good deal behind my real age, I was 

allowed to take many liberties with them. They all lived under 

the farmer's roof in the old-fashioned way, and in the evening I 

used to sit on their knees and caress and hug them to my heart's 

content. They took it phlegmatically; it apparently gave them no 

surprise. One of the men used to return my squeezes and caresses 

and once allowed me to put my hand under his shirt, but there 

were no further liberties. 

 

"It was not until I was nearly 15 that the event happened which 

made me, for the first time, restless in my enforced solitude. I 

was verging on puberty, and perhaps in the hope that I should 

find my own development met by a corresponding warmth I again 

came into intimate relations with the companion whose frigid 

performances had caused me weariness and disgust. He was now a 

man, having reached majority. He put me into his bed while he 

undressed himself and came toward me in perfect nudity. In a 

moment we were in each other's arms and the deliciousness of that 

moment intoxicated me. Suddenly, lying on the bed, I felt 

attacked, as I thought, by an imperative need to make water. I 

leaped up with a hurried excuse, but already the paroxysm had 

subsided. No discharge came to my relief, yet the need seemed to 

have passed. I returned to my companion, but the glamour of the 

meeting was already over. My companion evidently found more 

pleasure in my person than when I was a mere child; I felt moved 

and flattered by the pleasure he took in pressing his face 

against certain parts of my body. On a second occasion, one day, 

I seemed involuntarily about to transgress decency, but again, as 

before, separated myself, and remained ignorant of what it was on 

which I had verged in my excitement. At another meeting, however, 

I had been allowed to prolong my embrace and to act, indeed, upon 

my full instincts. Once more I felt suddenly the coming of 

something acutely impending; I took my courage in my hands and 

went boldly forward. In another moment I had hold of the 

mysterious secret of masculine energy, to which all my years of 

dilirious imaginings had been but as a waiting at the threshold, 

the knocking on a closed door. 

 

"It was inevitable that from that day our intimacy should dwindle 

into dissolution (though other causes anticipated this natural 

decay), but I no longer found masturbation a dry and wearisome 

formula. In my novitiate I was disheartened to find how long it 

took me to dissociate myself from the contemplative and attach 

myself to the active form of self-gratification. But I presently 

found myself committed to the repetition of the act three times a 

day. On almost the last occasion I met my intimate he showed an 

exceptional ardor. At that meeting he proposed to attempt an act 

I had not previously considered possible, far less had I heard 

that it was considered the worst criminal connection that could 

take place. I had a slight fear of pain, but was willing to 

gratify him, and for the first time found in my submission a 

union of the two amative instincts which had before disputed sway 

in me: the instinct for tenderness and the instinct for cruelty. 

_Pedicatio_ failed to take place, but I received an embrace which 

for the first time gave me full satisfaction. My delight was 

enormous; I was filled with emotions. I have no words to describe 

the extraordinary charm of the warm, smooth flesh upon mine, and 

the rougher contact of the hairy parts. Yet I was conscious, even 

at the time, that this was but the physical side of pleasure, and 

that he was not and never could be one whom I might truly be said 

to love. 

 

"I was now in my sixteenth year, and under the influence of these 

and many other emotions then, for the first time, beginning to 

seize me, a sense of literary power and a desire to express 

myself through imaginative channels began to take hold of me. I 

feared that my indulgence was having an enfeebling power on my 


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