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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

couples, and, for the most part, they prefer not to be separated, even in 

their most professional moments with the other sex. In London the thing 

is, naturally, much less obvious, and, I think, much less prevalent; but 

it is certainly not infrequent. A certain number of well-known prostitutes 

are known for their tendencies in this direction, which do not, however, 

interfere in any marked way with the ordinary details of their profession. 

I do not personally know of a single prostitute who is exclusively 

Lesbian; I have heard vaguely that there are one or two such anomalies. 

But I have heard a swell _cocotte_ at the Corinthian announce to the whole 

room that she was going home with a girl; and no one doubted the 

statement. Her name, indeed, was generally coupled with that of a 

fifth-rate actress. Another woman of the same kind has a little clientele 

of women who buy her photographs in Burlington Arcade. In the lower ranks 

of the profession all this is much less common. One often finds women who 

have simply never heard of such a thing; they know of it in regard to men, 

but not in regard to women. And they are, for the most part, quite 

horrified at the notion, which they consider part and parcel of 'French 

beastliness.' Of course, almost every girl has her friend, and, when not 

separately occupied, they often sleep together; but, while in separate, 

rare cases, this undoubtedly means all that it can mean, for the most 

part, so far as one can judge, it means no more than it would mean among 

ordinary girls." 

 

It is evident that there must be some radical causes for the frequency of 

homosexuality among prostitutes. One such cause doubtless lies in the 

character of the prostitute's relations with men; these relations are of a 

professional character, and, as the business element becomes emphasized, 

the possibility of sexual satisfaction diminishes; at the best, also; 

there lacks the sense of social equality, the feeling of possession, and 

scope for the exercise of feminine affection and devotion. These the 

prostitute must usually be forced to find either in a "bully" or in 

another woman.[159] 

 

Apart from this fact it must be borne in mind that, in a very large number 

of cases, prostitutes show in slight or more marked degree many of the 

signs of neurotic heredity,[160] and it would not be surprising if they 

present the germs of homosexuality in an unusually high degree. The life 

of the prostitute may well develop such latent germs; and so we have an 

undue tendency to homosexuality, just as we have it among criminals, and, 

to a much less extent, among persons of genius and intellect. 

 

Homosexuality is specially fostered by those employments which keep women 

in constant association, not only by day, but often at night also, without 

the company of men. This is, for instance, the case in convents, and 

formerly, at all events,--however, it may be today,--homosexuality was 

held to be very prevalent in convents. This was especially so in the 

eighteenth century when very many young girls, without any religious 

vocation, were put into convents.[161] The same again is today the case 

with the female servants in large hotels, among whom homosexual practices 

nave been found very common.[162] Laycock, many years ago, noted the 

prevalence of manifestations of this kind, which he regarded as 

hysterical, among seamstresses, lace-makers, etc., confined for hours in 

close contact with one another in heated rooms. The circumstances under 

which numbers of young women are employed during the day in large shops 

and factories, and sleep in the establishment, two in a room or even two 

in a bed, are favorable to the development of homosexual practices. 

 

In England it is seldom that anyone cares to investigate these 

phenomena, though, they certainly exist. They have been more 

thoroughly studied elsewhere. Thus, in Rome, Niceforo, who 

studied various aspects of the lives of the working classes, 

succeeded in obtaining much precise information concerning the 

manners and customs of the young girls in dressmaking and 

tailoring work-rooms. He remarks that few of those who see the 

"virtuous daughters of the people," often not more than 12 years 


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