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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

 

 

"I thought that one day when I had money and opportunity I would 

dress in men's clothes and go to another country, in order that I 

might be unhampered by sex considerations and conventions. I 

determined to live an honorable, upright, but simple life. 

 

"I had no idea at first that homosexual attractions in women 

existed; afterward observations on the lower animals put the idea 

into my head. I made no preparation in my mind for any sexual 

life, though I thought it would be a dreary business repressing 

my body all my days. 

 

"My relations with other women were entirely pure. My attitude 

toward my sexual physical feelings was one of reserve and 

repression, and I think the growing conviction of my radical 

deficiency somewhere, would have made intimate affection for 

anyone, with any demonstration in it, a kind of impropriety for 

which I had no taste. 

 

"However, between 21 and 24 other things happened to me. 

 

"During these few years I saw plenty of men and plenty of women. 

As regards the men I liked them very well, but I never thought 

the man would turn up with whom I should care to live. Several 

men were very friendly with me and three in particular used to 

write me letters and give me much of their confidence. I invited 

two of them to visit at my house. All these men talked to me with 

freedom and even told me about their sexual ideas and doings. One 

asked me to believe that he was leading a good life; the other 

two owned that they were not. One discussed the question of 

homosexuality with me; he has never married. I liked one of them 

a good deal, being attracted by his softness and gentleness and 

almost feminine voice. It was hoped that I would take to him and 

he very cautiously made love to me. I allowed him to kiss me a 

few times and wrote him a few responsive letters, wondering what 

I liked in him. Someone then commented on the acquaintance and 

said 'marriage,' and I woke up to the fact that I did not really 

want him at all. I think he found the friendship too insipid and 

was glad to be out of it. All these men were a trifle feminine in 

characteristics, and two played no games. I thought it odd that 

they should all express admiration for the very boyish qualities 

in me that other people disliked. A fourth man, something of the 

same type, told another friend that he always felt surprised at 

how freely he was able to talk to me, but that he never could 

feel that I was a woman. Two of these were brilliantly clever 

men; two were artists. 

 

"At the same period, or earlier, I made a number of women 

friends, and of course saw more of them. I chose out some and 

some chose me; I think I attracted them as much as, or even more 

than, they attracted me. I do not quite remember if this was so, 

though I can say for certain that it was so at school. There were 

three or four bright, clever, young women whom I got to know then 

with whom I was great friends. We were interested in books, 

social theories, politics, art. Sometimes I visited them or we 

went on exploring expeditions to many country places or towns. 

They all in the end either had love affairs or married. I know 

that in spite of all our free conversations they never talked to 

me as they did to each other; we were always a little shy with 

each other. But I got very fond of at least four of them. I 

admired them and when I was tired and worried I often thought how 

easily, if I had been a man, I could have married and settled 

down with one or the other. I used to think it would be 

delightful to have a woman to work for and take care of. My 

attraction to these women was very strong, but I don't think they 

knew it. I seldom even kissed them, but I should often have 

cheerfully given them a good hugging and kissing if I had thought 

it a right or proper thing to do. I never wanted them to kiss me 

half so much as I wanted to kiss them. In these years I felt this 

with every woman I admired. 

 

"Occasionally, I experienced slight erections when close to other 

women. I am sure that no deliberate thought of mine caused them, 


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