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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

 

PSEUDOSEXUAL ATTRACTION.--It is sometimes supposed that in homosexual 

relationships one person is always active, physically and emotionally, the 

other passive. Between men, at all events, this is very frequently not the 

case, and the invert cannot tell if he feels like a man or like a woman. 

Thus, one writes:-- 

 

"In bed with my friend I feel as he feels, and he feels as I 

feel. The result is masturbation, and nothing more or desire for 

more on my part. I get it over, too, as soon as possible, in 

order to come to the best--sleeping arms round each other, or 

talking so." 

 

It remains true, however, that there may usually be traced what it is 

possible to call pseudosexual attraction, by which I mean a tendency for 

the invert to be attracted toward persons unlike himself, so that in his 

sexual relationships there is a certain semblance of sexual opposition. 

Numa Praetorius considers that in homosexuality the attraction of 

opposites--the attraction for soldiers and other primitive vigorous 

types--plays a greater part than among normal lovers.[201] This 

pseudosexual attraction is, however, as Hirschfeld points out,[202] and as 

we see by the Histories here presented, by no means invariable. 

 

M.N. writes: "To me it appears that the female element must, of 

necessity, exist in the body that desires the male, and that 

nature keeps her law in the spirit, though she breaks it in the 

form. The rest is all a matter of individual temperament and 

environment. The female nature of the invert, hampered though it 

is by its disguise of flesh, is still able to exert an 

extraordinary influence, and calls insistently upon the male. 

This influence seems called into action most violently in the 

presence of males possessed of strong sexual magnetism of their 

own. Such men are generally more or less conscious of the 

influence, and the result is either a vague appreciation, which 

will make the male wonder why he gets on so well with the invert, 

or else the influence will be realized to be something 

incongruous and unnatural, and will be resented accordingly. 

Sometimes, indeed, the reciprocated feeling (circumstance and 

opportunity permitting) will prove strong enough to induce sexual 

relations. Reason will then generally overpower instinct, and the 

feeling, aroused unaware, will probably be changed into 

repulsion. Further, the influence reacts in the same way on 

women, who, particularly if they are strongly sexual, experience 

involuntary sensations of dislike or antagonism on association 

with inverts. There is, however, one terrible reality for the 

invert to face, no matter how much he may wish to avoid it and 

seek to deceive himself. There exists for him an almost absolute 

lack of any genuine satisfaction either in the way of the 

affections or desires. His whole life is passed in vainly seeking 

and desiring the male, the antithesis of his nature, and in 

consorting with inverts he must perforce be content with the male 

in form only, the shadow without the substance. Indeed, one 

invert necessarily regards another as being of the same undesired 

female sex as himself, and for this reason it will be found that, 

while friendships between inverts frequently exist (and these are 

characteristically feminine, unstable, and liable to betrayal), 

love-attachments are less common, and when they occur must 

naturally be based upon considerable self-deception. Venal 

gratifications are always, of course, as possible as they are 

unsatisfactory, and here perhaps some of the peculiarities of 

taste accompanying inversion may admit of elucidation. In 

considering the peculiar predilection shown by inverts for youths 

of inferior social position, for the wearers of uniforms, and for 

extreme physical development and virility not necessarily 

accompanied by intellectuality, regard must be had to the 

probable conduct of women placed in a position of complete 

irresponsibility combined with absolute freedom of action and 

every opportunity for promiscuity. It seems to me that the 

importance of recognizing the underlying female element in 


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