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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

you forego for his sake?' I quote this gladly, for the 

conventional English moralists regard an invert as a kind of 

deformed beast. I can only say that I tried to realize the ideal 

which these words express. No 'moralist' would have helped me one 

whit. The parents, also, separated us. They have done much harm 

by their mistake. How difficult it is for parents to allow 

freedom to their children! Their ideal is successful constraint, 

not free self-discovery. But in spite of them, and in spite of 

the separation, I know that my friend and I have helped each 

other. 

 

"There is one fear parents have which I believe is unwarranted. 

As far as I have seen, I do not conclude that the early 

expression of homosexual love prevents heterosexual love from 

developing later. Where this love is a part of the individual's 

inborn nature, it will show itself. I do, however, believe that a 

noble homogenic love in early life will sometimes help a lad to 

avoid a low standard of heterogenic attachment. The Greeks did 

well, at their best time, in cultivating and ennobling the 

homogenic love. Amongst us, as can be understood by all who know 

the working of society taboos, it is the baser forms that are 

unhindered, the noblest forms that are debased. 

 

"We urnings are, I think, dependent upon individual love. Many of 

us, I know, need to work for an individual to do our best. Is 

this the outcome of the woman in the uranian temperament? And the 

tragedy of our fate is that we whose souls vibrate only to the 

touch of the hand of Eros are faced with the fiercest taboo of 

all that can give our lives meaning. The other taboos have been 

given up one by one. Will not this, the last of the taboos, soon 

vanish? I have known lives darkened by it, weakened by it, 

crushed out by it. How long are the western moralists to maim and 

brand and persecute where they do not understand?" 

 

The next case belongs to a totally different class from all the preceding 

histories. These--all British or American--were obtained privately; they 

are not the inmates of prisons or of asylums, and in most cases they have 

never consulted a physician concerning their abnormal instincts. They pass 

through life as ordinary, sometimes as honored, members of society. The 

following case, which happens to be that of an American, is acquainted 

with both the prison and the lunatic asylum. There are several points of 

interest in his history, and he illustrates the way in which sexual 

inversion can become a matter of medico-legal importance. I think, 

however, that I am justified in believing that the proportion of sexually 

inverted persons who reach the police-court or the lunatic asylum is not 

much larger in proportion to the number of sexually inverted persons among 

us than it is among my cases. For the documents on which I have founded 

the history of Guy Olmstead I am indebted to the kindness of Dr. Talbot, 

of Chicago, well known from his studies of abnormalities of the jaws and 

face, so often associated with nervous and mental abnormality. He knew the 

man who addressed to him the letters from which I here quote:-- 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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