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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

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

Torres Straits, made some highly important observations on several men and 

women who clearly appeared to be cases of congenital sexual inversion with 

some degree of esthetic inversion and even some anatomical 

modification.[39] These people, it may be noted, belong to a primitive 

race, uncontaminated by contact with white races, and practically still in 

the Stone Age. 

Finally, among another allied primitive people, the Australians, it would 

appear that homosexuality has long been well established in tribal 

customs. Among the natives of Kimberley, Western Australia (who are by no 

means of low type, quick and intelligent, with special aptitudes for 

learning languages and music), if a wife is not obtainable for a young man 

he is presented with a boy-wife between the ages of 5 and 10 (the age when 

a boy receives his masculine initiation). The exact nature of the 

relations between the boy-wife and his protector are doubtful; they 

certainly have connection, but the natives repudiate with horror and 

disgust the idea of sodomy.[40] 

 

Further light is thrown on homosexuality in Australia by the supposition 

of Spencer and Gillen that the _mika_ operation (urethral subincision), an 

artificial hypospadias, is for the purpose of homosexual intercourse. 

Klaatsch has discussed the homosexual origin of the _mika_ operation on 

the basis of information he received from missionaries at Niol-Niol, on 

the northwest coast. The subincised man acts as a female to the as yet 

unoperated boys, who perform coitus in the incised opening. Both informed 

Klaatsch in 1906 that at Boulia in Queensland the operated men are said to 

"possess a vulva."[41] 

 

These various accounts are of considerable interest, though for the most 

part their precise significance remains doubtful. Some of them, 

however,--such as Holder's description of the _bote_, Baumann's account of 

homosexual phenomena in Zanzibar, and especially Seligmann's observations 

in British New Guinea,--indicate not only the presence of esthetic 

inversion but of true congenital sexual inversion. The extent of the 

evidence will doubtless be greatly enlarged as the number of competent 

observers increases, and crucial points are no longer so frequently 

overlooked. 

 

On the whole, the evidence shows that among lower races homosexual 

practices are regarded with considerable indifference, and the real 

invert, if he exists among them, as doubtless he does exist, generally 

passes unperceived or joins some sacred caste which sanctifies his 

exclusively homosexual inclinations. 

 

Even in Europe today a considerable lack of repugnance to homosexual 

practices may be found among the lower classes. In this matter, as 

folklore shows in so many other matters, the uncultured man of 

civilization is linked to the savage. In England, I am told, the soldier 

often has little or no objection to prostitute himself to the "swell" who 

pays him, although for pleasure he prefers to go to women; and Hyde Park 

is spoken of as a center of male prostitution. 

 

"Among the working masses of England and Scotland," Q. writes, 

"'comradeship' is well marked, though not (as in Italy) very 

conscious of itself. Friends often kiss each other, though this 

habit seems to vary a good deal in different sections and 

coteries. Men commonly sleep together, whether comrades or not, 

and so easily get familiar. Occasionally, but not so very often, 

this relation delays for a time, or even indefinitely, actual 

marriage, and in some instances is highly passionate and 

romantic. There is a good deal of grossness, no doubt, here and 

there in this direction among the masses; but there are no male 

prostitutes (that I am aware of) whose regular clients are manual 

workers. This kind of prostitution in London is common enough, 

but I have only a slight personal knowledge of it. Many youths 

are 'kept' handsomely in apartments by wealthy men, and they are, 

of course, not always inaccessible to others. Many keep 

themselves in lodgings by this means, and others eke out scanty 

wages by the same device: just like women, in fact. Choirboys 

reinforce the ranks to a considerable extent, and private 


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