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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

gave me a wholly impersonal feeling. This abnormal sentimentality 

may have been caused, or at least was increased, by the reading 

of novels, some of a highly voluptuous nature. I began to read 

novels at 7, and from 11 to 14 I absorbed a great many 

undesirable ones. This lead to my picturing my future with a 

lover, fancying myself in romantic scenes and being caressed and 

embraced. I had always supposed I should marry. When about 5 I 

decided that when I grew up I would marry a certain young man who 

used to come to our house. Several years later he married, to my 

real disappointment. I had no affection for him, but merely 

thought he would make a desirable husband. 

 

"During my unhappy adolescence I heard that a former playmate was 

going to visit at my home. I began to look forward to the visit 

with much eagerness and at her arrival was much excited. I wished 

to stay alone with her and to caress her, and when we slept 

together I pressed my body against her in a sensual manner, which 

act she permitted, but without passion. I was greatly excited and 

could scarcely sleep. This was the first time I had acted in such 

a way, and after she left I felt shame and dislike for her. At 

future meetings there was never the least sensuality; we never 

referred to the first visit and are still friends, though not 

intimate. 

 

"A diary which I kept during my fourteenth and fifteenth years is 

filled with romantic sentiments and endearing terms applied 

successively to three girls of my own age. I had but a speaking 

acquaintance with them, but I was strongly infatuated with all. 

One boy was also the object of adoration. 

 

"During my thirteenth year I became for a time very religious and 

devoted to religious exercises. This passed and by my fourteenth 

year I had become heretical, but was still keenly sensitive to 

religious influences. 

 

"When barely 16 I slept one night with a woman of low morals. She 

acted toward me in a sensual manner and aroused my sexual 

feelings. I felt at the time that this was a sin, but I was 

carried away by passion. Afterward I hated this woman and 

despised myself. 

 

"I then went away to a co-educational boarding school. Here for 

the first time I became happy. A girl of my own age, of fine 

character and noticeable refinement, fell in love with me and 

caused me to reciprocate. On retrospection I believe this to have 

been a genuine and beautiful love on both sides. After a few 

months, however, our relation, at my initiative and against my 

friend's will, became a physical one. We expressed our affection 

by mutual caresses, close embraces and lying on each other's 

bodies. I sometimes touched her sexual organs sensually. All this 

contact gave me exquisite thrills. After three years we had a 

misunderstanding and separated. I was greatly grieved and 

troubled for many years, and came to regret greatly the physical 

relationship that had existed between us. My friend at length 

fell in love and married. I had several other slighter 

infatuations for women, was courted by several men to whom I 

remained cold and bored except in one instance, where I was 

somewhat touched, and finally found a lasting friendship with a 

woman who had fallen deeply in love with me in her school days 

and had never been able to care for any one else. She is a woman 

of considerable literary talent and of good general ability and 

high ideals. She is usually much liked by men. Her love for me is 

the most real thing in the world for me, and seems the most 

permanent. At first my feeling for her was almost purely 

physical, although there were no sexual relations. I hated this 

feeling and have succeeded in overcoming it pretty largely. At 

times after long separations we have embraced with great passion, 

at least on my part. This has always had a bad physical effect on 

me. At present, however, it very rarely occurs. We both consider 

sexual feelings degrading and deleterious to real love. Whether 

at any time we have had complete physical satisfaction or 


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