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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

hotel whence I had seen him emerge, I passed an apocalyptic 

night. Thereafter commerce with boys only in the spirit ceased to 

be an end; the images were carnalized, stepped from their 

framework into the streets. That boy, that god out of the 

machine, I see him clearly: his brown, curling hair; his eyes 

blue as the sea; his chest both arched and so plump, his rounded 

arms, his taper waist, the graceful swell of his hips and full, 

snowy thighs; I recall as of yesterday the dimples in his knees, 

the slenderness of his ankles, the softness of his little feet, 

with insteps pink like the inside of a shell. How I gloated over 

his ample roundness, his rich undulations! 

 

"In the last eight years I have performed _fellatio_ (never 

_pedicatio_) with more than three hundred men and boys. My 

preference is for boys between 15 and 20, refined, pretty, 

girlish, and themselves homosexual. 

 

"Personally, barring this love for males, I am in all ways 

masculine, given to outdoor sports, and to smoking and drinking 

moderately. In appearance I am but a boy of 18. My face and 

figure are generally considered beautiful: I am clean-shaved, 

with black, curling hair, red cheeks and brown eyes; features 

delicate and regular; body, of medium height, everywhere 

practically hairless. By years of training I have attained alike 

great strength and classic proportions, the muscular contours 

smoothly rounded with adipose tissue. My hands and feet are 

small. My penis, though perfectly shaped, is rather 

enormous--erect, ten and a half inches in length, seven and a 

quarter inches in circumference. 

 

"Some abetment of my apostasy from orthodox methods was, no 

doubt, this hypertrophy of the penis, which already in my 

twentieth year had acquired its present redundance, rendering 

coitus impracticable with most women I essayed and painful where 

insertion was effected. Since falling heir to inversion, a unique 

recurrence of normal desire, six years ago, persuaded me to 

attempt coitus with eleven or twelve prostitutes, and, strangely 

enough, with much of the old-time salacity and full erection, 

but, as it chanced, always with too great disparity of parts for 

success." 

 

A certain preciosity in the manner of this communication may be 

put down partly to the nature of the literary avocations with 

which the writer is by preference occupied, and partly, no doubt 

more fundamentally, to the special character of his predominantly 

esthetic temperament and attraction to the exotic. An attraction 

for exotic experiences will not, however, suffice to account for 

the rather late development of homosexual tendencies, a late 

development which may be held to place this case in the retarded 

group of inverts. H.C. has himself pointed out to me that his 

aversion to women, beginning to appear in the eighteenth year, 

was already well pronounced before he had ever heard definitely 

of specific homosexual acts, and fully a year before he 

experienced the slightest sexual interest in men or boys. 

Moreover, while it is true that the actual tendency to homosexual 

attraction only appeared after he had read Krafft-Ebing and come 

in contact with inverts, such influences would not suffice to 

change the sexual nature of a normally constituted man. 

 

It may be added that H.C. is not attracted to normal males. As 

regards his moral attitude he remarks: "I have no scruples in the 

indulgence of my passion. I perceive the moral objections 

advanced, but how speculative they are, and constructive; while, 

immediately, inversion is the source of so much good." He looks 

upon the whole sexual question as largely a matter of taste. 

 

I regard the foregoing case as of considerable interest. It presents what 

is commonly supposed to be a very common type of inversion, Oscar Wilde 

being the supreme exemplar, in which a heterosexual person apparently 

becomes homosexual by the exercise of intellectual curiosity and esthetic 

interest. In reality the type is far from common; indeed, an intellectual 


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