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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

 

 

"In the town of D. there 'lived apart' two women, one a Brahmin, 

the other a grazier; their _modus operandi_ was tribadism, as an 

eyewitness informed me. In S. I was called in to treat the widow 

of a wealthy Mohammedan; I had occasion to examine the pudenda, 

and found what Martineau would have called the indelible stigmata 

of early masturbation and later sapphism. She admitted the 

impeachment and confessed that she was on the best of terms with 

her three remarkably well-formed and good-looking handmaidens. 

This lady said that she began masturbation at an early age, 'just 

like all other women,' and that sapphism came after the age of 

puberty. Another Mohammedan woman whom I knew, and who had a very 

large clitoris, told me that she had been initiated into Lesbian 

love at 12 by a neighbor and had intermittently practised it ever 

since. I might also instance two sisters of the gardener caste, 

both widows, who 'lived apart' and indulged in simultaneous 

sapphism. 

 

"That sometimes the actors in tribadism are most vigorous is 

shown by the fact that, in the central gaol of ----, swelling of 

the vulva was admitted to have been caused by the embraces of two 

female convicts. The subordinate who told me this mentioned it 

quite incidentally while relating his experiences as hospital 

assistant at this gaol. When I questioned him he stated that the 

woman, whom he was called to treat, told him that she could never 

'satisfy herself' with men, but only with women. He added that 

tribadism was 'quite common in the gaol.'" 

 

The foregoing sketch may serve to show that homosexual practices 

certainly, and probably definite sexual inversion, are very widespread 

among women in very many and various parts of the world, though it is 

likely that, as among men, there are variations--geographical, racial, 

national, or social--in the frequency or intensity of its obvious 

manifestations. Thus, in the eighteenth century, Casanova remarked that 

the women of Provence are specially inclined to Lesbianism. 

 

In European prisons homosexual practices flourish among the women fully as 

much, it may probably be said, as among the men. There is, indeed, some 

reason for supposing that these phenomena are here sometimes even more 

decisively marked than among men.[154] This prevalence of homosexuality 

among women in prison is connected with the close relationship between 

feminine criminality and prostitution. 

 

The frequency of homosexual practices among prostitutes is a fact of some 

interest, and calls for special explanation, for, at the first glance, it 

seems in opposition to all that we know concerning the exciting causes of 

homosexuality. Regarding the fact there can be no question.[155] It has 

been noted by all who are acquainted with the lives of prostitutes, though 

opinion may differ as to its frequency. In Berlin, Moll was told in 

well-informed quarters, the proportion of prostitutes with Lesbian 

tendencies is about 25 per cent. This was almost the proportion at Paris 

many years ago, according to Parent-Duchatelet; today, according to 

Chevalier, it is larger; and Bourneville believes that 75 per cent, of the 

inmates of the Parisian venereal hospitals have practised homosexuality. 

Hammer in Germany has found among 66 prostitutes that 41 were 

homosexual.[156] Hirschfeld thinks that inverted women are specially prone 

to become prostitutes.[157] Eulenburg believes, on the other hand, that 

the conditions of their life favor homosexuality among prostitutes; "a 

homosexual union seems to them higher, purer, more innocent, and more 

ideal."[158] There is, however, no fundamental contradiction between these 

two views; they are probably both right. 

 

In London, so far as my inquiries extend, homosexuality among prostitutes 

is very much less prevalent, and in a well-marked form is confined to a 

comparatively small section. I am indebted to a friend for the following 

note: "From my experience of the Parisian prostitute, I gather that 

Lesbianism in Paris is extremely prevalent; indeed, one might almost say 

normal. In particular, most of the chahut-dancers of the Moulin-Rouge, 

Casino de Paris, and the other public balls are notorious for going in 


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