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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

much emotion generated and if the sexual feelings are not indulged in, I 

think they may do more good than harm. Later on in life, when all one's 

desires and feelings are at their strongest, it is more doubtful." 

 

 

III. 

 

That the phenomena as found in the girls' colleges of America are exactly 

similar to those in Italy and England is shown, among other evidence, by 

some communications sent to Mr. E.G. Lancaster, of Clark University, 

Worcester, Mass., a few years ago. 

 

Mr. E.G. Lancaster sent out a _questionnaire_ to over 800 teachers and 

older pupils dealing with various points connected with adolescence, and 

received answers from 91 persons containing information which bore on the 

present question.[279] Of this number, 28 male and 41 female had been in 

love before the age of 25, while 11 of each sex had had no love 

experiences, this indicating, since the women were in a majority, that the 

absence of love experience is more common in men than in women. These 

answers were from young people between 16 and 25 years of age. Two males 

and 7 females have loved imaginary characters, while 3 males and not less 

than 46 females speak of passionate love for the same sex. Love of the 

same sex, Lancaster remarks, though not generally known, is very common; 

it is not mere friendship; the love is strong, real, and passionate. It 

may be remarked that these 49 cases were reported without solicitation, 

since there was no reference to homosexual love in the _questionnaire_. 

Many of the answers to the syllabus are so beautiful, Lancaster observes, 

that if they could be printed in full no comment would be necessary. He 

quotes a few of the answers. Thus a woman of 33 writes: "At 14 I had my 

first case of love, but it was with a girl. It was insane, intense love, 

but had the same quality and sensations as my first love with a man at 18. 

In neither case was the object idealized. I was perfectly aware of their 

faults; nevertheless my whole being was lost, immersed in their existence. 

The first lasted two years, the second seven years. No love has since been 

so intense, but now these persons, though living, are no more to me than 

the veriest stranger." Another woman of 35 writes: "Girls between the ages 

of 14 and 18 at college or girls' schools often fall in love with the same 

sex. This is not friendship. The loved one is older, more advanced, more 

charming or beautiful. When I was a freshman in college I knew at least 

thirty girls who were in love with a senior. Some sought her because it 

was the fashion, but I knew that my own homage and that of many others was 

sincere and passionate. I loved her because she was brilliant and utterly 

indifferent to the love shown her. She was not pretty, though at the time 

we thought her beautiful. One of her adorers, on being slighted, was ill 

for two weeks. On her return she was speaking to me when the object of our 

admiration came into the room. The shock was too great and she fainted. 

When I reached the senior year I was the recipient of languishing glances, 

original verses, roses, and passionate letters written at midnight and 

three in the morning." No similar confessions are recorded from men. 

 

 

IV. 

 

In South America corresponding phenomena have been found in schools and 

colleges of the same class. There they have been especially studied by 

Mercante in the convent High Schools of Buenos Aires where the students 

are girls between the ages of 10 and 22.[280] Mercante found that 

homosexuality here is not clearly defined or explicit and usually it is 

combined with a predisposition to romanticism and mysticism. It is usually 

of a passive kind, but in this form so widespread as to constitute a kind 

of epidemic. It was most manifest in institutions where the greatest 

stress was placed on religious instruction. 

 

The recreations of the school in question were quiet and enervating; 

active or boisterous sports were prohibited to the end that good manners 

might be cultivated. In the play-rooms, the girls observed the strictest 

etiquette, and discipline was maintained independent of oversight by 

teachers. Mercante could hardly believe, however, that the decorum was 

more than external. 

 

Later, when the girls broke up, they were found in pairs or small groups, 


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