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born with an aptitude for such acquisition: an aptitude lacking in those
who have been subjected to the same conditions without making the same
 One of my subjects writes: "Inverts are, I think, naturally more
liable to indulge in self-gratification than normal people, partly because
of the perpetual suppression and disappointment of their desires, and also
because of the fact that they actually possess in themselves the desired
form of the male. This idea is a little difficult of explanation, but you
can readily imagine to what frenzies of self-abuse a normal man would be
impelled supposing that he included in his own the form of the female."
 I do not here enter upon the consideration of the normal prevalence
and significance of masturbation and allied phenomena, as I have dealt
with this subject in the study of "Auto-erotism," in volume i of these
 Hirschfeld also finds, among German inverts (_Die Homosexualitaet_,
ch. iii), that the majority (though a smaller majority than I find in
England and the United States) have not had intercourse with women; 53 per
cent., he states, including a few married men, have never even attempted
coitus, and over 50 per cent, are presumably impotent. The number of
inverted women who have never had intercourse with men is still larger.
 Otto Rank, _Imago_, Heft 3, 1913.
 Erotic dreams have been discussed in "Auto-erotism," vol. i of these
_Studies_, and the wider bearings of the subject in another work, _The
Study of Dreams_. Many references to the extensive literature will be
found in both these places.
 E.g., _Archiv fuer Psychiatrie_, 1899; _Archiv fuer
 Hirschfeld, _Die Homosexualitaet_, p. 71 et seq. Hirschfeld considers
that the dreams of the inverted fall into two groups: one in which the
dreamer imagines he is embracing a person of the same sex, and another in
which he imagines that he is himself of the opposite sex. The latter class
of dreams, constituting a pseudo-heterosexual group, seems to me to be
rare, and they may, moreover, occur in heterosexual persons.
 See Thoinot and Weysse, _Medico-legal Aspects of Moral Offenses_,
pp. 165, 291, etc.
 _Pedicatio_ (or _paedicatio_) is the most generally accepted
technical term for the sodomitical intromission of the penis into the
anus. It is usually derived from the Greek _pais_ (boy), but some
authorities have derived it from _pedex_ or _podex_ (anus). The terms
"paiderastia" and "pederast" are sometimes used to indicate the same act
and agent. This use, however, is undesirable. It is best to confine the
word "paiderastia" to its proper use as the name of the special
institution of Greek boy love. It may be added that the Greeks themselves
had many names (as many as 74) for paiderastia. See, on this subject of
nomenclature, Iwan Bloch, _Der Ursprung der Syphilis_, vol. ii, pp. 527,
 It is the grosser forms of perversion which are first revealed in
every field. In the first edition of this Study the predominance of
_pedicatio_ was still greater; it is not practised by any of the subjects
of the Histories added to the present edition, though several see no
objection to it.
 _Jahrbuch fuer sexuelle Zwischenstufen_, vol. viii, 1906, p. 712.
 Hirschfeld, _Die Homosexualitaet_, p. 276 et seq.
 "Men," remarks Q., "tend to fall in love with boys or youths, boys
or youths with grown men, feminine natures with virile natures and _vice
versa_, and different races with each other."
 Stubbes, in his _Anatomy of Abuses_, affirmed that "players and
play-haunters in their secret conclaves play the Sodomites," and refers to
some recent examples of men who had been desperately enamoured of
player-boys thus clad in women's apparel, so far as to solicit them by
words, by letters, even actually to abuse them. Later on, in 1633, Prynne,
in his _Histrio-Mastix_ (part 1, p. 208 et seq.), strongly condemned "this
putting on of woman's array" by actors on the same ground, and adds that
he has heard credibly reported of a scholar of Balliol College that he was
violently enamoured of a boy-player. In Japan, again where, as in China,
woman's parts on the stage are taken by men (not always youths), the
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