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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

well under way again he was tripped up and "seduced" (to use the hobo 

euphemism) by each of the tramps. He made almost no resistance, and joked 

and laughed about the business as if he had expected it. This, indeed, I 

find to be the general feeling among the boys when they have been 

thoroughly initiated. At first they do not submit, and are inclined to run 

away or fight, but the men fondle and pet them, and after awhile they do 

not seem to care. Some of them have told me that they get as much pleasure 

out of the affair as the jocker does. Even little fellows under 10 have 

told me this, and I have known them to willfully tempt their jockers to 

intercourse. What the pleasure consists in I cannot say. The youngsters 

themselves describe it as a delightful tickling sensation in the parts 

involved, and this is possibly all that it amounts to among the smallest 

lads. Those who have passed the age of puberty seem to be satisfied in 

pretty much the same way that the men are. Among the men the practice is 

decidedly one of passion. The majority of them prefer a prushun to a 

woman, and nothing is more severely judged than rape. One often reads in 

the newspapers that a woman has been assaulted by a tramp, but the 

perverted tramp is never the guilty party. 

 

I believe, however, that there are a few hoboes who have taken to boys 

because women are so scarce "on the road." For every woman in hoboland 

there are a hundred men. That this disproportion has something to do with 

the popularity of boys is made clear by the following case: In a gaol, 

where I was confined for a month during my life in vagabondage, I got 

acquainted with a tramp who had the reputation of being a "sod" 

(sodomist). One day a woman came to the gaol to see her husband, who was 

awaiting trial. One of the prisoners said he had known her before she was 

married and had lived with her. The tramp was soon to be discharged, and 

he inquired where the woman lived. On learning that she was still 

approachable, he looked her up immediately after his release, and 

succeeded in staying with her for nearly a month. He told me later that he 

enjoyed his life with her much more than his intercourse with boys. I 

asked him why he went with boys at all, and he replied: "'Cause there 

ain't women enough. If I can't get them I've got to have the other." 

 

It is in gaols that one sees the worst side of this perversion. In the 

daytime the prisoners are let out into a long hall, and can do much as 

they please; at night they are shut up, two and even four in a cell. If 

there are any boys in the crowd, they are made use of by all who care to 

have them. If they refuse to submit, they are gagged and held down. The 

sheriff seldom knows what goes on, and for the boys to say anything to him 

would be suicidal. There is a criminal ignorance all over the States 

concerning the life of these gaols, and things go on that would be 

impossible in any well-regulated prison. In one of these places I once 

witnessed the fiercest fight I have ever seen among hoboes; a boy was the 

cause of it. Two men said they loved him, and he seemed to return the 

affection of both with equal desire. A fight with razors was suggested to 

settle who should have him.[277] The men prepared for action, while the 

crowd gathered round to watch. They slashed away for over half an hour, 

cutting each other terribly, and then their backers stopped them for fear 

of fatal results. The boy was given to the one who was hurt the least. 

 

Jealousy is one of the first things one notices in connection with this 

passion. I have known them to withdraw entirely from the "hang-out" life 

simply to be sure that their prushuns were not touched by other tramps. 

Such attachments frequently last for years, and some boys remain with 

their first jockers until they are "emancipated." 

 

Emancipation means freedom to "snare" some other boy, and make him submit 

as the other had been obliged to submit when younger. As a rule, the 

prushun is freed when he is able to protect himself. If he can defend his 

"honor" from all who come, he is accepted into the class of "old stagers," 

and may do as he likes. This is the one reward held out to prushuns during 

their apprenticeship. They are told that some day they can have a boy and 


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