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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

inversion cannot be too strongly insisted upon." 

 

"The majority" [of inverts], writes "Z," "differ in no detail of 

their outward appearance, their _physique_, or their dress from 

normal men. They are athletic, masculine in habit, frank in 

manner, passing through society year after year without arousing 

a suspicion of their inner temperament; were it not so, society 

would long ago have had its eyes opened to the amount of 

perverted sexuality it harbors." These lines were written, not in 

opposition to the more subtle distinctions pointed out above, but 

in refutation of the vulgar error which confuses the typical 

invert with the painted and petticoated creatures who appear in 

police-courts from time to time, and whose portraits are 

presented by Lombroso, Legludic, etc. On another occasion the 

same writer remarked, while expressing general agreement with the 

idea of a pseudosexual attraction: "The _liaison_ is by no means 

always sought and begun by the person who is abnormally 

constituted. I mean that I can cite cases of decided males who 

have made up to inverts, and have found their happiness in the 

reciprocated passion. One pronounced male of this sort, again, 

once said to me, 'men are so much more affectionate than women.' 

[Precisely the same words were used by one of my subjects.] Also, 

the _liaison_ springs up now and then quite accidentally through 

juxtaposition, when it is difficult to say whether either at the 

outset had an inverted tendency of any marked quality. In these 

cases the sexual relation seems to come on as a heightening of 

comradely affection, and is found to be pleasurable--sometimes, I 

think, discovered to be safe as well as satisfying. On the other 

hand, so far as I know, it is extremely rare to observe a 

permanent _liaison_ between two pronounced inverts." 

 

The tendency to pseudosexual attraction in the homosexual would 

thus seem to involve a preference for normal persons. How far 

this is the case it seems difficult to state positively. Usually, 

one may say, an invert falls in love (exactly as in the case of a 

normal person) without any intellectual calculation as to the 

temperamental ability to return the affection which the object of 

his love may possess. Naturally, however, there cannot be any 

adequate return of the affection in the absence of an actual or 

latent homosexual disposition. On this point an American 

correspondent (H.C.), with a wide knowledge of inversion in many 

lands, writes: "One of your correspondents declares that inverts 

long for sexual relations with normal men rather than with one 

another. If this be true, I have never once found it exemplified 

in all my wide experience of inverts; and I have submitted his 

assertion to more than 50. These have replied invariably that 

unless a man is himself homosexual, nearly all the pleasure of 

_fellatio_ is absent. The fact is, the majority of inverts flock 

together not from exigency, but from choice. The mere sexual act 

is, if anything, far less the sole object between inverts than it 

is between normal men and women. Why should the invert sigh for 

intercourse with normal men, where mutual confidences and 

sympathies and love would be out of the question? Personally, I 

decline to commit _fellatio_ with a man who is given to women; 

the thought of it is repugnant to me. And this is the attitude 

with every invert I have questioned. The nearest approach to 

confirmation of your correspondent's theory has been when an 

extremely feminine invert here and there has admitted the wish 

that a certain normal man _were_ inverted. Indeed, the 

temperamental gamut of inversion is itself broad enough to 

embrace the most widely divergent ideals. As my furthest-reaching 

demands attain fruition in the gentle and pretty boy, so his own 

robuster affinity resides in me. If inverts were actually women, 

then indeed the normal male would be their ideal. But inverts are 

not women. Inverts are males capable of passionate friendship, 


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