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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

many adult women are employed, especially in the great tobacco 

factory at Seville, Lesbian relationships seem to be not 

uncommon. Here the women work in an atmosphere which in summer is 

so hot that they throw off the greater part of their clothing, to 

such an extent that a bell is rung whenever a visitor is 

introduced into a work-room, in order to warn the workers. Such 

an environment predisposes to the formation of homosexual 

relationships. When I was in Spain some years ago an incident 

occurred at the Seville Fabrica de Tabacos which attracted much 

attention in the newspapers, and, though it was regarded as 

unusual, it throws light on the life of the workers. One morning 

as the women were entering the work-room and amid the usual scene 

of animation changing their Manila shawls for the light costume 

worn during work, one drew out a small clasp-knife and, attacking 

another, rapidly inflicted six or seven wounds on her face and 

neck, threatening to kill anyone who approached. Both these 

_cigarreras_ were superior workers, engaged in the most skilled 

kind of work, and had been at the factory for many years. In 

appearance they were described as presenting a striking contrast: 

the aggressor, who was 48 years of age, was of masculine air, 

tall and thin, with an expression of firm determination on her 

wrinkled face; the victim, on the other hand, whose age was 30, 

was plump and good-looking and of pleasing disposition. The 

reason at first assigned for the attack on the younger woman was 

that her mother had insulted the elder woman's son. It appeared, 

however, that a close friendship had existed between the two 

women, that latterly the younger woman had formed a friendship 

with the forewoman of her work-room, and that the elder woman, 

animated by jealousy, then resolved to murder both; this design 

was frustrated by the accidental absence of the forewoman that 

day. 

 

In theaters the abnormal sexuality stimulated by such association in work 

is complicated by the general tendency for homosexuality to be connected 

with dramatic aptitude, a point to which I shall have to refer later on. I 

am indebted to a friend for the following note: "Passionate friendships 

among girls, from the most innocent to the most elaborate excursions in 

the direction of Lesbos, are extremely common in theaters, both among 

actresses and, even more, among chorus-and ballet-girls. Here the 

pell-mell of the dressing-rooms, the wait of perhaps two hours between the 

performances, during which all the girls are cooped up, in a state of 

inaction and of excitement, in a few crowded dressing-rooms, afford every 

opportunity for the growth of this particular kind of sentiment. In most 

of the theaters there is a little circle of girls, somewhat avoided by the 

others, or themselves careless of further acquaintanceship, who profess 

the most unbounded devotion to one another. Most of these girls are 

equally ready to flirt with the opposite sex, but I know certain ones 

among them who will scarcely speak to a man, and who are never seen 

without their particular 'pal' or 'chum,' who, if she gets moved to 

another theater, will come around and wait for her friend at the 

stage-door. But here, again, it is but seldom that the experience is 

carried very far. The fact is that the English girl, especially of the 

lower and middle classes, whether she has lost her virtue or not, is 

extremely fettered by conventional notions. Ignorance and habit are two 

restraining influences from the carrying out of this particular kind of 

perversion to its logical conclusions. It is, therefore, among the upper 

ranks, alike of society and of prostitution, that Lesbianism is most 

definitely to be met with, for here we have much greater liberty of 

action, and much greater freedom from prejudices." 

 


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