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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

touch. A certain tonicity of the muscles has indeed often been observed in 

homosexual women. Hirschfeld found that two-thirds of inverted women are 

more muscular than normal women, while, on the other hand, he found that 

among inverted men the musculature was often weak. 

 

Not only is the tone of the voice often different, but there is reason to 

suppose that this rests on a basis, of anatomical modification. At Moll's 

suggestion, Flatau examined the larynx in a large number of inverted 

women, and found in several a very decidedly masculine type of larynx, or 

an approach to it, especially in cases of distinctly congenital origin. 

Hirschfeld has confirmed Flatau's observations on this point. It may be 

added that inverted women are very often good whistlers; Hirschfeld even 

knows two who are public performers in whistling. It is scarcely necessary 

to remark that while the old proverb associates whistling in a woman with 

crowing in a hen, whistling in a woman is no evidence of any general 

physical or psychic inversion. 

 

As regards the sexual organs it seems possible, so far as my observations 

go, to speak more definitely of inverted women than of inverted men. In 

all three of the cases concerning whom I have precise information, among 

those whose histories are recorded in the present chapter, there is more 

or less arrested development and infantilism. In one a somewhat small 

vagina and prominent nymphae, with local sensitiveness, are associated with 

oligotrichosis. In another the sexual parts are in some respects rather 

small, while there is no trace of ovary on one side. In the third case, 

together with hypertrichosis, the nates are small, the nymphae large, the 

clitoris deeply hooded, the hymen thick, and the vagina probably small. 

These observations, though few, are significant, and they accord with 

those of other observers.[170] Krafft-Ebing well described a case which I 

should be inclined to regard as typical of many: sexual organs feminine in 

character, but remaining at the infantile stage of a girl of 10; small 

clitoris, prominent cockscomb-like nymphae, small vagina scarcely 

permitting normal intercourse and very sensitive. Hirschfeld agrees in 

finding common an approach to the type described by Krafft-Ebing; atrophic 

anomalies he regards as more common than hypertrophic, and he refers to 

thickness of hymen and a tendency to notably small uterus and ovaries. The 

clitoris is more usually small than large; women with a large clitoris (as 

Parent-Duchatelet long since remarked) seem rarely to be of masculine 

type. 

 

Notwithstanding these tendencies, however, sexual inversion in a woman is, 

as a rule, not more obvious than in a man. At the same time, the inverted 

woman is not usually attractive to men. She herself generally feels the 

greatest indifference to men, and often, cannot understand why a woman 

should love a man, though she easily understands why a man should love a 

woman. She shows, therefore, nothing of that sexual shyness and engaging 

air of weakness and dependence which are an invitation to men. The man who 

is passionately attracted to an inverted woman is usually of rather a 

feminine type. For instance, in one case present to my mind he was of 

somewhat neurotic heredity, of slight physical development, not sexually 

attractive to women, and very domesticated in his manner of living; in 

short, a man who might easily have been passionately attracted to his own 

sex. 

 

While the inverted woman is cold, or, at most, comradely in her bearing 

toward men, she may become shy and confused in the presence of attractive 

persons of her own sex, even unable to undress in their presence, and full 

of tender ardor for the woman whom she loves.[171] 

 

Homosexual passion in women finds more or less complete expression in 

kissing, sleeping together, and close embraces, as in what is sometimes 

called "lying spoons," when one woman lies on her side with her back 

turned to her friend and embraces her from behind, fitting her thighs into 

the bend of her companion's legs, so that her mons veneris is in dose 

contact with the other's buttocks, and slight movement then produces mild 

erethism. One may also lie on the other's body, or there may be mutual 


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