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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

and as I had them at other times too, when I was not expecting 

them, I think it may have been accidental. What I felt with my 

mind and what I felt with my body always at this time seemed 

apart. I cannot accurately describe the interest and attraction 

that women then were to me. I only know I never felt anything 

like it for men. All my feelings of desire to do kindnesses, to 

give presents, to be liked and respected and all such natural 

small matters, referred to women, not to men, and at this time, 

both openly and to myself, I said unhesitatingly that I liked 

women best. It must be remembered that at this time a dislike for 

men was being fostered in me by those who wanted me to marry, and 

this must have counted for more than I now remember. 

 

"As regards my physical sexual feelings, which were well 

established during these few years, I don't think I often 

indulged in any erotic imaginations worth estimating, but so far 

as I did at all, I always imagined myself as a man loving a 

woman. I cannot recall ever imagining the opposite, but I seldom 

imagined anything at all, and I suppose ultimate sex sensations 

know no sex. 

 

"But as time went on and my physical and psychical feelings met, 

at any rate in my own mind, I became fully aware of the meaning 

of love and even, of homosexual possibilities. 

 

"I should probably have thought more of this side of things 

except that during this time I was so worried by the difficulty 

of living in my home under the perpetual friction of comparison 

with other people. My life was a sham; I was an actor never off 

the boards. I had to play at being a something I was not front 

morning till night, and I had no cessation of the long fatigue I 

had had at school; in addition I had sex to deal with actively 

and consciously. 

 

"Looking back on these twenty-four years of my life I only look 

back on a round of misery. The nervous strain was enormous and so 

was the moral strain. Instead of a child I felt myself, whenever 

I desired to please anyone else, a performing monkey. My 

pleasures were stolen or I was snubbed for taking them. I was not 

taught and was called a fool. My hand was against everybody's. 

How it was that with my high spirits and vivid imagination I did 

not grow up a moral imbecile full of perverted instincts I do not 

know. I describe myself as a docile child, but I was full of 

temptations to be otherwise. There were times when I was silent 

before people, but if I had had a knife in my hand I could have 

stuck it into them. If it had been desired to make me a 

thoroughly perverted being I can imagine no better way than the 

attempt to mould me by force into a particular pattern of girl. 

 

"Looking at my instincts in my first childhood and my mental 

confusion over myself, I do not believe the most sympathetic and 

scientific treatment would have turned me into an average girl, 

but I see no reason why proper physical conditions should not 

have induced a better physical development and that in its turn 

have led to tastes more approximate to those of the normal woman. 

That I do not even now desire to be a normal woman is not to the 

point. 

 

"Instead of any such help, I suffered during the time that should 

have been puberty from a profound mental and physical shock which 

was extended over several years, and in addition I suffered from 

the outrage of every fine and wholesome feeling I had. These 

things by checking my physical development gave, I am perfectly 

convinced, a traumatic impetus to my general abnormality, and 

this was further kept up by demanding of me (at the dawn of my 

real sexual activity, and when still practically a child) an 

interest in men and marriage which I was no more capable of 

feeling than any ordinary boy or girl of 15. If you had taken a 

boy of 13 and given him all my conditions, bound him hand and 

foot, when you became afraid of him petted him into docility, and 

then placed him in the world and, while urging normal sexuality 


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