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persons to be somewhat arrested in development, approaching the child
type, we may connect this fact with the sexual precocity sometimes marked
in inverts, for precocity is commonly accompanied by rapid arrest of
A correspondent, who is himself inverted, furnishes the following
notes of cases he is well acquainted with; I quote them here, as
they illustrate the anomalies commonly found:--
1. A., male, eldest child of typically neurotic family. Three
children in all: 2 male and 1 female. The other 2 are somewhat
eccentric, unsocial, and sexually frigid, 1 in a marked degree.
The curious point about this case is that A., the only one of the
family possessed of mental ability and social qualifications,
should be inverted. Parents' marriage was very ill-assorted and
inharmonious, the father being of great stature and the mother
abnormally small and of highly nervous temperament, both of
feeble health. Ancestry unfortunate, especially on mother's side.
2. B., male, invert, younger of 2 sons, no other children, has
extremely feminine disposition and appearance, of considerable
personal attraction, and has great musical talent. Penis very
small and marked breast-development.
3. C., male, invert, younger of 2 sons, no other children.
Interval of six years between first and second son. Parents'
marriage one of great affection, but degenerate ancestry on
mother's side. Cancer and scrofula in family.
4. D., male, invert, second child of 6; remainder girls. Of
humble social position. Considerable depravity evinced by all the
members of this family, with the exception of D., who alone
proved steady, honest, and industrious.
5. E., male, invert, second son of family of 3, the youngest
child being a girl, stillborn. Of extreme neurotic temperament
fostered by upbringing. Effeminate in build and disposition;
6. F., male, invert, second child of family of 5. Eldest child a
girl, died in youth. After F. a boy G., a girl H., and another
girl stillborn. Parents badly matched; mother of considerable
mental and physical strength; father last representative of
moribund stock, the result of intermarriage. Children all
resembling father in appearance and mother in disposition.
Drink-tendency in both boys, to which F.'s death at the age of 30
was mainly due. G. committed suicide some years later. The girl
H. married into a family with worse ancestry than her own. Has
7. I. and J., boy and girl, both inverted as far as I am able to
judge. The boy was born with some deformity of the feet and
ankles; is of effeminate tastes and appearance. Boy resembles
mother, and girl, who is of great physical development, resembles
The same correspondent adds:--
"I have noticed little abnormal with regard to the genital
formation of inverts. There are, however, frequent abnormalities
of proportion in their figures, the hands and feet being
noticeably smaller and more shapely, the waist more marked, the
body softer and less muscular. Almost invariably there is either
cranial malformation or the head approaches the feminine in type
ARTISTIC AND OTHER APTITUDES.--All avocations are represented among
inverts. Among the subjects here dealt with are found, at one end of the
scale, numerous manual workers, and at the other end an equal number,
sometimes of aristocratic family, who exercise no profession at all. There
are 12 physicians, 9 men of letters, at least 7 are engaged in commercial
life, 6 are artists, architects, or composers, 4 are or have been actors.
These figures cannot give any clue to the relative extent of inversion in
various occupations, but they indicate that no class of occupation
furnishes a safeguard against inversion.
There are, however, certain avocations to which inverts seem especially
called. One of the chief of these is literature. The apparent
predominance of physicians is easily explicable. The frequency with which
literature is represented is probably more genuine. Here, indeed, inverts
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