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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

whom she could love or marry. 

 

She is attracted to womanly women, sincere, reserved, pure, but 

courageous in character. She is not attracted to intellectual 

women, but at the same time cannot endure silly women. The 

physical qualities that attract her most are not so much beauty 

of face as a graceful, but not too slender, body with beautiful 

curves. The women she is drawn to are usually somewhat younger 

than herself. Women are much attracted to her, and without any 

effort on her part. She likes to take the active part and 

protecting role with them. She is herself energetic in character, 

and with a somewhat neurotic temperament. 

 

She finds sexual satisfaction in tenderly touching, caressing, 

and kissing the loved one's body. (There is no _cunnilinctus_, 

which she regards with abhorrence.) She feels more tenderness 

than passion. There is a high degree of sexual erethism when 

kissing, but orgasm is rare and is produced by lying on the 

friend or by the friend lying on her, without any special 

contact. She likes being herself kissed, but not so much as 

taking the active part. 

 

She believes that homosexual love is morally right when it is 

really part of a person's nature, and provided that the nature of 

homosexual love is always made plain to the object of such 

affection. She does not approve of it as a mere makeshift, or 

expression of sensuality, in normal women. She has sometimes 

resisted the sexual expression of her feelings, once for years at 

a time, but always in vain. The effect on her of loving women is 

distinctly good, she asserts, both spiritually and physically, 

while repression leads to morbidity and hysteria. She has 

suffered much from neurasthenia at various periods, but under 

appropriate treatment it has slowly diminished. The inverted 

instinct is too deeply rooted to eradicate, but it is well under 

control. 

 

HISTORY XXXVII.--Miss M., the daughter of English parents (both 

musicians), who were both of what is described as "intense" 

temperament, and there is a neurotic element in the family, 

though no history of insanity or alcoholism, and she is herself 

free from nervous disease. At birth she was very small. In a 

portrait taken at the age of 4 the nose, mouth, and ears are 

abnormally large, and she wears a little boy's hat. As a child 

she did not care for dolls or for pretty clothes, and often 

wondered why other children found so much pleasure in them. "As 

far back as my memory goes," she writes, "I cannot recall a time 

when I was not different from other children. I felt bored when 

other little girls came to play with me, though I was never rough 

or boisterous in my sports." Sewing was distasteful to her. Still 

she cared little more for the pastimes of boys, and found her 

favorite amusement in reading, especially adventures and 

fairy-tales. She was always quiet, timid, and self-conscious. The 

instinct first made its appearance in the latter part of her 

eighth or the first part of her ninth year. She was strongly 

attracted by the face of a teacher who used to appear at a 

side-window on the second floor of the school-building and ring a 

bell to summon the children to their classes. The teacher's face 

seemed very beautiful, but sad, and she thought about her 

continually, though not coming in personal contact with, her. A 

year later this teacher was married and left the school, and the 

impression gradually faded away. "There was no consciousness of 

sex at this time," she wrote; "no knowledge of sexual matters or 

practices, and the feelings evoked were feelings of pity and 

compassion and tenderness for a person who seemed to be very sad 

and very much depressed. It is this quality or combination of 

qualities which has always made the appeal in my own case. I may 

go on for years in comparative peace, when something may happen, 

in spite of my busy practical life, to call it all out." The next 

feelings were experienced when, she was about 11 years of age. A 

young lady came to visit a next-door neighbor, and made so 


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