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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

among girls who have had numerous flirtations with the opposite sex, who 

cannot be accused of inversion, and who have all the feminine and domestic 

characteristics. 

 

"In illustration of these points I may bring forward the following case: 

A. and B. were two girls at the same college. They belonged to different 

cliques, or sets; occupied different bedrooms; never met in their 

school-work, and were practically only known to one another by name. One 

day they chanced to sit next to one another at some meal. They both 

already had 'raves,' A. on an actor she had lately seen, B. on a married 

woman at her home. The conversation happened to turn on 'raves,' and 

mutual attraction was _suddenly_ felt. From that moment a new interest 

came into their lives. They lived for one another. At the time A. was 14, 

B. a year older. Both were somewhat precocious for their age, were 

practical, with plenty of common sense, very keen on games, interested in 

their lessons, and very independent, but at the same time with marked 

feminine characteristics and popular with the opposite sex. After the 

first feeling of interest there was a subtle excitement and desire to 

meet again. All their thoughts were occupied with the subject. Each day 

they managed as many private meetings as possible. They met in the 

passages in order to say good-night with many embraces. As far as possible 

they hid their feelings from the rest of their world. They became 

inseparable, and a very lasting and real, but somewhat emotional, 

affection, in which the sexual element was certainly marked, sprang up 

between them. Although at the time they were both quite ignorant of sexual 

matters, yet they indulged their sexual instincts to some extent. They 

felt surcharged with hitherto unexperienced feelings and emotions, 

instinct urged them to let these have play, but instinctively they also 

had a feeling that to do so would be wrong. This feeling they endeavored 

to argue out and find reasons for. When parted for any length of time they 

felt very miserable and wrote pages to one another every day, pouring 

forth in writing their feelings for one another. In this time of active 

attraction they both became deeply religious for a time. The active part 

of the affection continued for three or four years, and now, after an 

interval of ten years, they are both exceedingly fond of one another, 

although their paths in life are divided and each has since experienced 

love for a man. Both look back upon the sexual element in their friendship 

with some interest. It may be remarked in passing that A. and B. are both 

attractive girls to men and women, and B. especially appears always to 

have roused 'rave' feelings in her own sex, without the slightest 

encouragement on her part. The duration of this 'rave' was exceptionally 

long, the majority only lasting a few months, while some girls have one 

'rave' after another or two or three together. 

 

"I may mention one other case, where I believe that if it a sexual basis 

this was not recognized by the parties concerned or their friends. Two 

girls, over 20 years of age, passed in a corridor. A few words were 

exchanged: the beginning of a very warm and fast friendship. They said it 

was _not_ a 'rave.' They were absolutely devoted to one another, but from 

what I know of them and what they have since told me, their feelings were 

quite free from any sexual desires, though their love for one another was 

great. When parted they exchanged letters daily, but were always 

endeavoring to urge one another on in all the virtues, and as far as I can 

gather they never gave way to any feeling they thought was not for the 

good of their souls. 

 

"Letters and presents are exchanged, vows of eternal love are made, 

quarrels are engaged in for the mere pleasure of reconciliation, and 

jealousy is easily manifested. Although 'raves' are chiefly found among 

school-girls, they are by no means confined to them, but are common among 

any community of women of any age, say, under 30, and are not unknown 

among married women when there is no inversion. In these oases there is 

usually, of course, no ignorance of sexual matters. 

 

"Whether there is any direct harm in these friendships I have not been 

able to make up my mind. In the case of school-girls, if there is not too 


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