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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

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 

development. 

 

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; 

musically gifted. 

 

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 

two children:-- 

 

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 

father. 

 

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 

and shape." 

 

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.[219] 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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