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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

Any fresh student would soon fall a victim to the fashion, which rather 

points to the fact that it is infectious. Sometimes there might be a lull 

in the general raving, only to reappear after an interval in more or less 

of an epidemic form. Sometimes nearly all the 'raves' were felt by 

students for their teachers; at other times it was more apparent between 

the girls themselves. 

 

"Sometimes one teacher was raved on by several girls. In many cases, the 

girls raving on a teacher would have a very great friendship with one of 

their companions--talking with each other constantly of their respective 

'raves,' describing their feelings and generally letting off steam to one 

another, indulging sometimes in the active demonstrations of affection 

which they were debarred from showing the teacher herself, and in some 

cases having no desire to do so even if they could. 

 

"As far as I have been able to judge, there is not necessarily any 

attraction for physical characteristics, as beauty, elegance, etc.; the 

two participants are probably both of strong character or a weak character 

raves on a stronger, but rarely _vice versa_. 

 

"I have often noticed that the same person may be raved on at different 

times by several people of different characters and of all ages: say, up 

to 30 years of age. It is hard to say why some persons more than others 

should inspire this feeling. Often they are reserved, without any 

particular physical attraction, and often despising raving and emotional 

friendships, and give no encouragement to them. That the majority of 

'raves' have a sexual basis may be true, but I am sure that in the 

majority of cases where young girls are concerned this is not in the least 

recognized, and no impurity is indulged in or wished for. The majority of 

the girls are entirely ignorant of all sexual matters, and understand 

nothing whatever about them. But they do wonder about them and talk about 

them constantly, more especially when they have a 'rave,' which seems to 

point to some subtle connection between the two. That this ignorance 

exists is largely to be deplored. The subject, if once thought of, is 

always thought of and talked of, and information is at length generally 

gained in a regrettable manner. From personal experience I know the evil 

results that this ignorance and constant endeavoring to find out 

everything has on the mind and bodies of school-girls. If children had the 

natural and simple laws of creation carefully explained to them by their 

parents, much harm would be prevented, and the conversation would not 

always turn on sexual matters. The Bible is often consulted for the 

discovery of hidden mysteries. 

 

"'Raves' on teachers are far commoner than between two girls. In this case 

the girl makes no secret of her attachment, constantly talking of it and 

describing her feelings to any who care to listen and writing long letters 

to her friends about the same. In the case of two girls there is more 

likely to be a sexual element, great pleasure being taken in close contact 

with one another and frequent kissing and hugging. When parted, long 

letters are written, often daily; they are full of affectionate 

expressions of love, etc., but there is also a frequent reference to the 

happiness and desire to do well that their love has inspired them with, 

while often very deeply religious feelings appear to be generated and many 

good resolutions are made. Their various emotional feelings are described 

in every minute detail to each other. 

 

"The duration of 'raves' varies. I have known them to last three or four 

years, more often only a few months. Occasionally what began as a 'rave' 

will turn, into a sensible firm friendship. I imagine that there is seldom 

any actual inversion, and on growing up the 'raves' generally cease. That 

the 'ravers' feel and act like a pair of lovers there is no doubt, and the 

majority put down these romantic friendships for their own sex as due, in 

a great extent, in the case of girls at schools, to being without the 

society of the opposite sex. This may be true in some cases, but 

personally I think the question open to discussion. These friendships are 

often found among girls who have left school and have every liberty, even 


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