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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

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.[223] 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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