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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

women, however, display sadistic tendencies in a more or less 

degree. Thus Dr. Kiernan tells me of an American case, with which 

he was professionally concerned with Dr. Moyer (see also paper by 

Kiernan and Moyer in _Alienist and Neurologist_, May, 1907), of a 

sadistic inverted woman in a small Illinois city, married and 

with two young children. She was of undoubted neuropathic stock 

and there was a history of pre-marital masturbation and 

bestiality with a dog. She was a prominent club woman in her city 

and a leader in religious and social matters; as is often the 

case with sadists she was pruriently prudish, and there was 

strong testimony to her chaste and modest character by clergymen, 

club women, and local magnates. The victim of her sadistic 

passion was a girl she had adopted from a Home, but whom she half 

starved. On this girl she inflicted over three hundred wounds. 

Many of these wounds were stabs with forks and scissors which 

merely penetrated the skin. This was especially the case with 

those inflicted on the breasts, labia, and clitoris. During the 

infliction of these she experienced intense excitement, but this 

excitement was under control, and when she heard anyone 

approaching she instantly desisted. She was found sane and 

responsible at the time of these actions, but the jury also found 

that she had since become insane and she was sent to an Insane 

Hospital, after recovery to serve a sentence of two years in 

prison. The alleged insanity, Dr. Kiernan adds, was of the 

dubious manic and depressive variety, and perhaps chiefly due to 

wounded pride. 

 

The inverted woman is an enthusiastic admirer of feminine beauty, 

especially of the statuesque beauty of the body, unlike, in this, the 

normal woman, whose sexual emotion is but faintly tinged by esthetic 

feeling. In her sexual habits we perhaps less often find the degree of 

promiscuity which is not uncommon among inverted men, and we may perhaps 

agree with Moll that homosexual women are more often apt to love 

faithfully and lastingly than homosexual men. Hirschfeld remarks that 

inverted women are not usually attracted in girlhood by the autoerotic and 

homosexual vices of school-life,[179] and nearly all the women whose 

histories I have recorded in this chapter felt a pronounced repugnance to 

such manifestations and cherished lofty ideals of love. 

 

Inverted women are not rarely married. Moll, from various confidences 

which he has received, believes that inverted women have not the same 

horror of normal coitus as inverted, men; this is probably due to the fact 

that the woman under such circumstances can retain a certain passivity. In 

other cases there is some degree of bisexuality, although, as among 

inverted men, the homosexual instinct seems usually to give the greater 

relief and gratification. 

 

It has been stated by many observers--in America, in France, in Germany, 

and in England--that homosexuality is increasing among women.[180] There 

are many influences in our civilization today which encourage such 

manifestations.[181] The modern movement of emancipation--the movement to 

obtain the same rights and duties as men, the same freedom and 

responsibility, the same education and the same work--must be regarded as, 

on the whole, a wholesome and inevitable movement. But it carries with it 

certain disadvantages.[182] Women are, very justly, coming to look upon 

knowledge and experience generally as their right as much as their 

brothers' right. But when this doctrine is applied to the sexual sphere it 

finds certain limitations. Intimacies of any kind between young men and 

young women are as much discouraged socially now as ever they were; as 

regards higher education, the mere association of the sexes in the 

lecture-room or the laboratory or the hospital is discouraged in England 

and in America. While men are allowed freedom, the sexual field of women 

is becoming restricted to trivial flirtation with the opposite sex, and to 

intimacy with their own sex; having been taught independence of men and 

disdain for the old theory which placed women in the moated grange of the 

home to sigh for a man who never comes, a tendency develops for women to 


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