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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

lap and clasped my hand around his penis. Though he was 

interrupted in a moment, this made a lasting impression on me. I 

had no physical sensation nor did I have any conception of the 

significance of the act. Yet I had a slight feeling of repulsion, 

and I must have dimly felt that it was wrong, for I did not tell 

my mother. I was not accustomed to confide in her, for, though 

truthful, I was secretive. 

 

"At the age of 5 I commenced to attend a district school. I 

remember that on my first day I was Greatly attracted by a little 

girl who wore a bright-red dress. 

 

"My first definite knowledge of sex came in this way: I was 

attending Sabbath school and had become ambitious to read the 

Bible through. I had gotten as far as the account of the birth of 

Esau and Jacob, which aroused my curiosity. So I asked my mother 

the meaning of some word in the passage. She seemed embarrassed 

and evaded my question. This attitude stimulated my curiosity 

further, and I re-read the chapter until I understood it pretty 

well. Later I was further enlightened by girl playmates. I fancy 

I enjoyed listening to their talk and repeating what I knew on 

account of the mystery and secrecy with which sex subjects are 

surrounded rather than any sensual delight. 

 

"I cannot recall any act of mine growing directly from sexual 

feeling until I was 10 years old. Several other little girls and 

myself two or three times exposed private parts of our bodies to 

each other. In one instance, at least, I was the instigator. This 

act gave me some pleasure, though no distinct physical sensation. 

One incident I recall that happened when I was about 10. A girl 

cousin and myself had been playing 'house' together. I do not 

recall what immediately led to it, but we began to address each 

other as boys and tried to urinate through long tubes of some 

sort. I also recall feeling a vague interest in this process in 

animals, and observing them closely in the act. 

 

"From this time until I was about 14 I grew ruder, more 

boisterous and uncontrollable. Prior to this I had been a quite 

tractable child. When 12 I became interested in a boy in my grade 

at school, and tried to attract him, but failed. Once at a 

children's party where we were playing kissing games I tried to 

get him to kiss me, but he was unresponsive. I do not recall 

bothering myself about him after that. A year later I had a boy 

chum about whom my schoolmaster teased me. I thought this 

ridiculous. At the age of 13 I menstruated, a fact that caused me 

shame and anger. Gradually I grew to feel myself peculiar, why, I 

cannot explain. I did not seem to myself to be like other girls 

of my acquaintance. I adopted, as a defense, a brusque and 

defiant air. I spent a good deal of time playing alone in our 

backyard, where I made a pair of stilts, practised rope-walking, 

and such things. At school I felt I was not liked by the nicer 

girls and began to associate with girls whom I now believe were 

immoral, but whom I then supposed did nothing worse than talk in 

an obscene manner. I copied their conversation and grew more 

reckless and uncontrollable. The principal of the high school I 

was attending, I learned afterward, said I was the hardest pupil 

to control she had ever had. About this time I read a book where 

a girl was represented as saying she had a 'boy's soul in a 

girl's body.' The applicability of this to myself struck me at 

once, and I read the sentence to my mother who disgusted me by 

appearing shocked. 

 

"During this period I began to fall in love,--a practice which 

clung to me until I was nearly 30 years old. I recall various 

older women with whom I became much enamored, and one man. Of 

these there was only one with whom I became acquainted well 

enough to show any affection; another was a teacher, and another 

was a young married woman at whom I used to gaze ardently during 

an entire church service. Toward all my women teachers I had a 

somewhat sentimental attitude. They stimulated me, while the men 


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