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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 XXXIII.--M.O., 30 years of age, born in the United 

States, of English father and of mother whose father was 

Scotch,--the rest of his ancestry being English of long standing 

in America, with a very little admixture of Dutch blood. He is 5 

feet 8 inches in height, and has brown hair and eyes. No 

hereditary troubles so far as known. In childhood, for some time 

"threatened with chorea." Is subject to tonsillitis and a 

stubborn though not severe form of indigestion, induced by 

sedentary habits. He is of quick, nervous temperament. Has an 

aversion from most outdoor sports, but a great esthetic 

attraction to nature. Highly educated. 

 

As far back as he can remember, he lived in a house from which 

his parents removed when he was 4 years old. Before this removal, 

he remembers two distinctly sexual experiences. A cousin five 

years older was in the bathroom, seated, and M.O. was feeling his 

sexual organs; his mother called him out. On another occasion he 

was in a wagonhouse with a girl of his own age. They were lying 

on a carriage-seat attempting intercourse. The girl's older 

sister came in and found them. She said: "I am going to tell 

mamma; you know she said for you not to do that any more." With 

each of these clear memories comes the strong impression that it 

was but one among many. Five years ago M.O. met a man of his own 

age who had lived in that neighborhood at the same time. 

Comparing notes, they found that nearly all the small children in 

it had been given to such practices. The neighborhood was a 

thoroughly "respectable" middle-class one. 

 

From it, M.O. removed to another of just about the same 

character, and lived there until he was 11 years old. Of this 

period his memories are very fresh and abundant. With a single 

exception, all the children between 5 and 14 years of age appear 

to have indulged freely in promiscuous sexual play. In little 

companies of from four to twelve they went where trees or long 

grass hid them from observation, and exhibited their persons to 

one another; sometimes, also, they handled one another, but not 

in the way of masturbation. Of this last, M.O. was wholly 

ignorant. Sometimes when but two or three were together, 

intercourse was attempted. In M.O.'s case there was eager sexual 

curiosity, and a more or less keen desire, but actual contact 

brought no great satisfaction. On two or three occasions girls 

practised _fellatio_, and he then reciprocated with 

_cunnilinctus_, but without pleasure. In all these plays he is 

sure that girls took the initiative as often as boys did. 

 

During all this period, M.O. had now one girl sweetheart and now 

another. This was conventional among the children, and was 

fostered by the banter of older persons. M.O.'s sexual curiosity 

was certainly greater in regard to the opposite sex. At this 

time, however, his homosexual interests appeared. With a boy two 

or more years older he frequently went to some hiding-place where 

they looked at each other's organs and handled them. He and 

another boy were once in an abandoned garden, and they took off 

all their clothes, the better to examine each other. The other 

boy then offered to kiss M.O.'s fundament, and did so. It caused 

a surprisingly keen and distinctly sexual sensation, the first 

sexual shock that he can remember experiencing. He refused to 

reciprocate, however, when asked. 

 

Toward the end of this period there was a new and increasing 

development of another sort, not recognized then as at all sexual 

in character. He began to feel toward certain boys in a way very 

different and much keener than he had done thus far toward girls, 

although at the time he made no comparisons. For instance there 

was a boy whom he considered very pretty. They visited each other 

often and spent long times playing together. In school they 

looked and looked at each other until delicious, uncontrollable 

giggling spells came on. Sexual matters were never discussed or 

thought of. These experiences were, in their way, very 


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