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them. The cause does not appear to be precisely vanity so much as that
physical consciousness which is so curiously marked in inverts, and
induces the more feminine among them to cultivate feminine grace of form,
and the more masculine to emphasize the masculine athletic habit.
It has also been remarked that inverts exhibit a preference for green
garments. In Rome _cinaedi_ were for this reason called _galbanati_.
Chevalier remarks that some years ago a band of pederasts at Paris wore
green cravats as a badge. This decided preference for green is well marked
in several of my cases of both sexes, and in some at least the preference
certainly arose spontaneously. Green (as Jastrow and others have shown) is
very rarely the favorite color of adults of the Anglo-Saxon race, though
some inquirers have found it to be more commonly a preferred color among
children, especially girls, and it is more often preferred by women than
by men. The favorite color among normal women, and indeed very often
among normal men, though here not so often as blue, is red, and it is
notable that of recent years there has been a fashion for a red tie to be
adopted by inverts as their badge. This is especially marked among the
"fairies" (as a _fellator_ is there termed) in New York. "It is red,"
writes an American correspondent, himself inverted, "that has become
almost a synonym for sexual inversion, not only in the minds of inverts
themselves, but in the popular mind. To wear a red necktie on the street
is to invite remarks from newsboys and others--remarks that have the
practices of inverts for their theme. A friend told me once that when a
group of street-boys caught sight of the red necktie he was wearing they
sucked their fingers in imitation of _fellatio_. Male prostitutes who walk
the streets of Philadelphia and New York almost invariably wear red
neckties. It is the badge of all their tribe. The rooms of many of my
inverted friends have red as the prevailing color in decorations. Among my
classmates, at the medical school, few ever had the courage to wear a red
tie; those who did never repeated the experiment."
MORAL ATTITUDE OF THE INVERT.--There is some interest in tracing the
invert's own attitude toward his anomaly, and his estimate of its
morality. As my cases are not patients seeking to be cured of their
perversion, this attitude cannot be taken for granted. I have noted the
moral attitude in 57 cases. In 8 the subjects loathe themselves, and have
fought in vain against their perversion, which they often regard as a sin.
Nine or ten are doubtful, and have little to say in justification of their
condition, which they regard as perhaps morbid, a "moral disease." One,
while thinking it right to gratify his natural instincts, admits that they
may be vices. The remainder, a large majority (including all the women)
are, on the other hand, emphatic in their assertion that their moral
position is precisely the same as that of the normally constituted
individual, on the lowest ground a matter of taste, and at least two state
that a homosexual relationship should be regarded as sacramental, a holy
matrimony; two or three even regard inverted love as nobler than ordinary
sexual love; several add the proviso that there should be consent and
understanding on both sides, and no attempt at seduction. The chief regret
of 2 or 3 is the double life they are obliged to lead.
When inverts have clearly faced and realized their own nature it is not so
much, it seems, their conscience that worries them, or even the fear of
the police, as the attitude of the world. An American correspondent
writes: "It is the fear of public opinion that hangs above them like the
sword of Damocles. This fear is the heritage of all of us. It is not the
fear of conscience and is not engendered by a feeling of wrongdoing.
Rather, it is a silent submission to prejudices that meet us on every
side. The true normal attitude of the sexual invert (and I have known
hundreds) with regard to his particular passion is not essentially
different from that of the normal man with regard to his."
It is noteworthy that even when the condition is regarded as morbid, and
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