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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 XXXVIII.--Miss V., aged 35. Throughout early life up to 

adult age she was a mystery to herself, and morbidly conscious of 

some fundamental difference between herself and other people. 

There was no one she could speak to about this peculiarity. In 

the effort to conquer it, or to ignore it, she became a hard 

student and has attained success in the profession she adopted. A 

few years ago she came across a book on sexual inversion which 

proved to be a complete revelation to her of her own nature, and, 

by showing her that she was not an anomaly to be regarded with 

repulsion, brought her comfort and peace. She is willing that her 

experiences should be published for the sake of other women who 

may be suffering as in the past she has suffered. 

 

"I am a teacher in a college for women. I am 34 years old and of 

medium size. Up to the age of 30 I looked much younger, and since 

older, than my age. Until 21 I had a strikingly child-like 

appearance. My physique has nothing masculine in it that I am 

aware of; but I am conscious that my walk is mannish, and I have 

very frequently been told that I do things--such as 

sewing,--'just like a man.' My voice is quite low but not coarse. 

I dislike household work, but am fond of sports, gardening, etc. 

When so young that I cannot remember it, I learned to whistle, a 

practice at which I am still expert. When a young girl, I learned 

to smoke, and should still enjoy it. 

 

"Several men have been good friends of mine, but very few 

suitors. I scarcely ever feel at ease with a man; but women I 

understand and can nearly always make my friends. 

 

"I am of Scotch-Irish descent. My father's family were 

respectable, prosperous, religious people; my mother's family 

only semi-respectable, hard livers, shrewd, but not intelligent, 

industrious and money-getting, but fond of drinking and 

carousing. There were many illegitimates among them. Both 

grandmothers, though of little education, were unusual women. Of 

my four maternal uncles, three drank heavily. 

 

"When 43, my mother gave birth to me, the youngest of 8 children. 

Of those who grew to adult years, 2 seem quite normal sexually; 1 

is exceedingly erratic, entirely unprincipled, has been a thief 

and a forger, is a probable bigamist, and has betrayed several 

respectable women. Aside from his having inordinate desire, I 

know of no sexual abnormality. Another brother, married and a 

father, as a boy was much given to infatuations for men. I fancy 

this never went beyond infatuation and of late years has not been 

noticeable. A third brother, single, though much courted by women 

on account of his good looks and personal charm, is wholly 

unresponsive, has no gallantry, nor was ever, to my knowledge, a 

suitor. He is, however, fond of the society of women, especially 

those older than he. He has a somewhat effeminate voice and walk. 

Though he has begun of late years to smoke and drink a little, 

these habits sit rather oddly upon him. When a child, one of his 

favorite make-believe games was to pretend that he was a famous 

woman singer. At school he was always found hanging around the 

older girls. 

 

"As a child I loved to stay in the fields, refused to wear a 

sunbonnet, used to pretend I was a boy, climbed trees, and played 

ball. I liked to play with dolls, but I did not fondle them, or 

even make them dresses. When my hair was clipped, I was delighted 

and made everyone call me 'John.' I used to like to wear a man's 

broad-brimmed hat and make corn-cob pipes. I was very fond of my 

father and tried to imitate him as much as possible. Where 

animals were concerned, I was entirely fearless. 

 

"I think I was not a sexually precocious child, though I seem to 

have always known in a dim way that there were two sexes. Very 

early I had a sense of shame at having my body exposed; I 

remember on one occasion I could not be persuaded to undress 

before a young girl visitor. At that time I must have been about 

3. When I was 4 a neighbor who had often petted me took me on his 


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