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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

friendship in return." 

 

In at least 24, probably many more, of my male cases there is a marked 

contrast, and in a still larger number a less-marked contrast, between the 

subject and the individuals he is attracted to; either he is of somewhat 

feminine and sensitive nature, and admires more simple and virile natures, 

or he is fairly vigorous and admires boys who are often of lower social 

class. Inverted women also are attracted to more clinging feminine 

persons.[203] A sexual attraction for boys is, no doubt, as Moll points 

out, that form of inversion which comes nearest to normal sexuality, for 

the subject of it usually approaches nearer to the average man in physical 

and mental disposition. The reason of this is obvious: boys resemble 

women, and therefore it requires a less profound organic twist to become 

sexually attracted to them. Anyone who has watched private theatricals in 

boys' schools will have observed how easy it is for boys to personate 

women successfully, and it is well known that until the middle of the 

seventeenth century women's parts on the stage were always taken by boys, 

whether or not with injury to their own or other people's morals.[204] It 

is also worthy of note that in Greece, where homosexuality flourished so 

extensively, and apparently with so little accompaniment of neurotic 

degeneration, it was often held that only boys under 18 should be loved; 

so that the love of boys merged into love of women. About 18 of my cases 

are most strongly attracted to youths,--preferably of about the age of 18 

to 20,--and they are, for the most part, among the more normal and healthy 

of the cases. A preference for older men, or else a considerable degree of 

indifference to age alone, is more common, and perhaps indicates a deeper 

degree of perversion. 

 

Putting aside the age of the object desired, it must be said that there is 

a distinctly general, though not universal, tendency for sexual inverts to 

approach the feminine type, either in psychic disposition or physical 

constitution, or both.[205] I cannot say how far this is explained by the 

irritable nervous system and delicate health which are so often associated 

with inversion, though this is certainly an important factor. Although the 

invert himself may stoutly affirm his masculinity, and although this 

femininity may not be very obvious, its wide prevalence may be asserted 

with considerable assurance, and by no means only among the small minority 

of inverts who take an exclusively passive role, though in these it is 

usually most marked. In this I am confirmed by Q., who writes: "In all, or 

certainly almost all, the cases of congenital male inverts (excluding 

psycho-sexual hermaphrodites) that I know there has been a remarkable 

sensitiveness and delicacy of sentiment, sympathy, and an intuitive habit 

of mind, such as we generally associate with the feminine sex, even though 

the body might be quite masculine in its form and habit."[206] When, 

however, a distinguished invert said to Moll: "We are all women; that we 

do not deny," he put the matter in too extreme a form. The feminine traits 

of the homosexual are not usually of a conspicuous character. "I believe 

that inverts of plainly feminine nature are rare exceptions," wrote 

Naecke:[207] and that statement may be accepted even by those who emphasize 

the prevalence of feminine traits among inverts. 

 

In inverted women some degree of masculinity or boyishness is equally 

prevalent, and it is not usually found in the women to whom they are 

attracted. Even in inversion the need for a certain sexual opposition--the 

longing for something which the lover himself does not possess--still 

prevails. It expresses itself sometimes in an attraction between persons 

of different race and color. I am told that in American prisons for women 

Lesbian relationships are specially frequent between white and black 

women.[208] A similar affinity is found among the Arabs, says Kocher; and 

if an Arab woman has a Lesbian friend the latter is usually European. In 

Cochin China, too, according to Lorion, while the Chinese are chiefly 

active pederasts, the Annamites are chiefly passive. 

 

It must, however, be remembered that, in normal love, homogamy, the 


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