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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

 

 

Among all the tribes of the northwest United States sexual inverts may be 

found. The invert is called a _bote_ ("not man, not woman") by the 

Montana, and a _burdash_ ("half-man, half-woman") by the Washington 

Indians. The _bote_ has been carefully studied by Dr. A.B. Holder.[33] 

Holder finds that the _bote_ wears woman's dress, and that his speech and 

manners are feminine. The dress and manners are assumed in childhood, but 

no sexual practices take place until puberty. These consist in the 

practice of _fellatio_ by the _bote_, who probably himself experiences the 

orgasm at the same time. The _bote_ is not a pederast, although pederasty 

occurs among these Indians. Holder examined _bote_ who was splendidly 

made, prepossessing, and in perfect health. With much reluctance he agreed 

to a careful examination. The sexual organs were quite normal, though 

perhaps not quite so large as his _physique_ would suggest, but he had 

never had intercourse with a woman. On removing his clothes he pressed his 

thighs together, as a timid woman would, so as to conceal completely the 

sexual organs; Holder says that the thighs "really, or to my fancy," had 

the feminine rotundity. He has heard a _bote_ "_beg_ a male Indian to 

submit to his caress," and he tells that "one little fellow, while in the 

agency boarding-school, was found frequently surreptitiously wearing 

female attire. He was punished, but finally escaped from school and became 

a _bote_, which vocation he has since followed." 

 

At Tahiti at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Turnbull[34] found 

that "there are a set of men in this country whose open profession is of 

such abomination that the laudable delicacy of our language will not admit 

it to be mentioned. These are called by the natives _Mahoos_; they assume 

the dress, attitude, and manners of women, and affect all the fantastic 

oddities and coquetries of the vainest of females. They mostly associate 

with the women, who court their acquaintance. With the manners of the 

women they adopt their peculiar employments, making cloth, bonnets, and 

mats; and so completely are they unsexed that had they not been pointed 

out to me I should not have known them but as women. I add, with some 

satisfaction, that the encouragement of this abomination is almost solely 

confined to the chiefs." 

 

Among the Sakalaves of Madagascar there are certain boys called _sekatra_, 

as described by Lasnet, who are apparently chosen from childhood on 

account of weak or delicate appearance and brought up as girls. They live 

like women and have intercourse with men, with or without sodomy, paying 

the men who please them.[35] 

 

Among the negro population of Zanzibar forms of homosexuality which are 

believed to be congenital (as well as acquired forms) are said to be 

fairly common. Their frequency is thought to be due to Arab influence. The 

male congenital inverts show from their earliest years no aptitude for 

men's occupations, but are attracted toward female occupations. As they 

grow older they wear women's clothes, dress their hair in women's fashion, 

and behave altogether like women. They associate only with women and with 

male prostitutes, and they obtain sexual satisfaction by passive pederasty 

or in ways simulating coitus. In appearance they resemble ordinary male 

prostitutes, who are common in Zanzibar, but it is noteworthy that the 

natives make a clear distinction between them and men prostitutes. The 

latter are looked down on with contempt, while the former, as being what 

they are "by the will of God," are tolerated.[36] 

 

Homosexuality; occurs in various parts of Africa. Cases of _effeminatio_ 

and passive sodomy have been reported from Unyamwezi and Uganda. Among the 

Bangala of the Upper Congo sodomy between men is very common, especially 

when they are away from home, in strange towns, or in fishing camps. If, 

however, a man had intercourse with a woman _per anum_ he was at one time 

liable to be put to death.[37] 

 

Among the Papuans in some parts of New Guinea, as already mentioned, 

homosexuality is said to be well recognized, and is resorted to for 

convenience as well, perhaps, as for Malthusian reasons.[38] But in the 

Rigo district of British New Guinea, where habitual sodomy is not 

practised, Dr. Seligmann, of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to 


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