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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 XXVII.--H.C., American, aged 28, of independent means, 

unmarried, the elder of two children. His history may best be 

given in his own words:-- 

 

"I am on both sides distantly of English ancestry, the first 

colonists of my name having come to New England in 1630. Both my 

mother's and my father's families have been prolific in soldiers 

and statesmen; my mother's contributed one president to the 

United States. So far as I am aware, none of my antecedents have 

betrayed mental vagaries, except a maternal uncle, who, from 

overstudy, became for a year insane. 

 

"I am a graduate of two universities with degrees in arts and 

medicine. After a year as physician in a hospital, I relinquished 

medicine altogether, to follow literature, a predilection since 

early boyhood. 

 

"I awoke to sexual feeling at the age of 7, when, at a small 

private school, glimpsing bare thighs above the stockings of girl 

schoolmates, I dimly exulted. This fetishism, as it grew more 

definite, centered at last upon the thighs and then the whole 

person of one girl in particular. My first sexually tinged dream 

was of her--that while she stood near I impinged my penis upon a 

red-hot anvil and then, in beatific self-immolation, exhibited 

the charred stump to her wondering, round eyes. This love, 

however, abated at the coming of a new girl to the school, who, 

not more beautiful, but more buxom, made stronger appeal to my 

nascent sexuality. One afternoon, in the loft of her father's 

stable, she induced me to disrobe, herself setting the example. 

The erection our mutual handlings produced on me was without 

conscious impulse; I felt only a childish curiosity on beholding 

our genital difference. But the episode started extravagant 

whimsies, one of which persistently obsessed me: with these 

obviously compensatory differences, why might not the girl and I 

effect some sort of copulation? This fantasy, drawn exclusively 

from that unique experience, charmed with its grotesqueness only, 

for at that time my sense of sex was but inchoate and my 

knowledge of it was nothing. The bizarre conceit, submitted to 

the equally ignorant girl and approved, was borne to the paternal 

hay-loft and there, with much bungling, brought to surprising and 

pleasurable consummation. 

 

"In the four ensuing years I repeated the act not seldom with 

this girl and with others. 

 

"When I was 11 my sister and I were taken by our parents to 

Europe, where we remained six years, attending school each winter 

in a different city and, during the summer, travelling in various 

countries. 

 

"Abroad my lust was glutted to the full: the amenable 

girl-playmate was ubiquitous, whom I plied with ardor at Swiss 

hotels, German watering-places, French pensions,--where not? 

Toward puberty I first repaired at times to prostitutes. 

 

"Masturbation, excepting a few experiments, I never resorted to. 

Few of my schoolmates avowedly practised it. 

 

"Of homosexuality my sole hearing was through the classics, 

where, with no long pondering, I opined it merely our modern 

comradery, poetically aggrandized, masquerading in antique 

habiliments and phraseology. It never came home to me; it attuned 

to no tone in the scale of my sympathies; I possessed no 

touchstone for transmitting the recitals of those ambiguous 

amours into fiery messages. The relation to my own sex was, 

intellectually, an occasional friendship devoid of strong 

affection; physically, a mild antagonism, the naked body of a man 

was slightly repellant. Statues of women evoked both carnal and 

esthetic response; of men, no emotions whatever, save a deepening 

of that native antipathy. Similarly in paintings, in literature, 

the drama, the men served but as foils for the delicious maidens, 

who visited my aerial seraglios and lapped me in roseate 

dreamings. 

 

"In my eighteenth year we returned to America, where I entered 

the university. 

 

"The course of my love of women was now a little erratic; normal 

connection began to lose fascination. As long ago I had 


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