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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

upon him on the one hand, made him disgusted with it on the 

other, what would have been the probable result? 

 

"Looking back, I can only say I think, the results in my own case 

were marvellously good, and that I was saved from worse by my own 

innocence and by the physical backwardness which nature, probably 

in mercy, bestowed upon me. 

 

"I find it difficult to sum up the way in which I affect other 

women and they me. I can only record my conviction that I do 

affect a large number, whether abnormally or not I don't know, 

but I attract them and it would be easy for some of them to 

become very fond of me if I gave them a chance. They are also, I 

am certain, more shy with me than they are with other women. 

 

"I find it difficult also to sum up their effect on me. I only 

know that some women attract me and some tempt me physically, and 

have done ever since I was about 22 or 23. I know that 

psychically I have always been more interested in women than in 

men, but have not considered them the best companions or 

confidants. I feel protective towards them, never feel jealous of 

them, and hate having differences with them. And I feel always 

that I am not one of them. If there had been any period in my 

life when health, and temptation and money and opportunity had 

made homosexual relations easy I cannot say how I should have 

resisted. I think that I have never had any such relations simply 

because I have in a way been safeguarded from them. For a long 

time I thought I must do without all actual sexual relations and 

acted up to that. If I had thought any relations right and 

possible I think I should have striven for heterosexual 

experiences because of the respect that I had cultivated, indeed 

I think always had, for the normal and natural. If I had thought 

it right to indulge any sort of gratification which was within my 

reach I think I might probably have chosen the homosexual as 

being perhaps more satisfying and more convenient. I always 

wanted love and friendship first; later I should have been glad 

of something to satisfy my sex hunger too, but by that time I 

could have done without it, or I thought so." 

 

At a period rather later than that dealt with in this narrative, 

the subject of it became strongly attracted to a man who was of 

somewhat feminine and abnormal disposition. But on consideration 

she decided that it would not be wise to marry him. 

 

The commonest characteristic of the sexually inverted woman is a certain 

degree of masculinity or boyishness. As I have already pointed out, 

transvestism in either women or men by no means necessarily involves 

inversion. In the volume of _Women Adventurers_, edited by Mrs. Norman for 

the Adventure Series, there is no trace of inversion; in most of these 

cases, indeed, love for a man was precisely the motive for adopting male 

garments and manners. Again, Colley Cibber's daughter, Charlotte Charke, a 

boyish and vivacious woman, who spent much of her life in men's clothes, 

and ultimately wrote a lively volume of memoirs, appears never to have 

been attracted to women, though women were often attracted to her, 

believing her to be a man; it is, indeed, noteworthy that women seem, with 

special frequency, to fall in love with disguised persons of their own 

sex.[166] There is, however, a very pronounced tendency among sexually 

inverted women to adopt male attire when practicable. In such cases male 

garments are not usually regarded as desirable chiefly on account of 

practical convenience, nor even in order to make an impression on other 

women, but because the wearer feels more at home in them. Thus, Moll 

mentions the case of a young governess of 16 who, while still unconscious 

of her sexual perversion, used to find pleasure, when everyone was out of 

the house, in putting on the clothes of a youth belonging to the family. 

 

Cases have been recorded of inverted women who spent the greater 

part of their lives in men's clothing and been generally regarded 

as men. I may cite the case of Lucy Ann Slater, _alias_ the Rev. 

Joseph Lobdell, recorded by Wise (_Alienist and Neurologist_, 


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