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Table of contents
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

in corners, on benches, beside the pillars, arm in arm or holding hands. 

What they were speaking of could be surmised. "Their conversation and 

confidences came to me indirectly. They were sweethearts talking about 

their affairs. In spite of the spiritual and feminine character of these 

unions, one element was active, the other passive, thus confirming the 

authorities on this matter, Gamier, Regis, Lombroso, Bonfigli." 

 

Mercante found the points of view of the two members of each pair to be 

quite different in moral aspect. "One takes the initiative, she commands, 

she cares for, she offers, she gives, she makes decisions, she considers 

the present, she imagines the future, she smoothes over difficulties, 

gives encouragement and initiative, she commands, she cares for, she 

offers, she gives, she docile, gives way in matters of dispute, and 

expresses her affection with sweet words and promises of love and 

submission. The atmosphere, silent and quiet, was, however, charged with 

jealousy, squabble, desires, illusions, dreams, and lamentations." 

 

Mercante's informant assured him that practically every girl had her 

affinity, and that there were at least twenty well-defined love affairs. 

The active party starts the conquest by making eyes, next she becomes more 

intimate, and finally proposes. Women being highly adaptable, the 

neophyte, unless she is rebellious, gets into the spirit of it all. If she 

is not complaisant, she must prepare for conflict, because the prey 

becomes more desirable the more the resistance encountered. 

 

Opportunity was offered to Mercante to observe some of the correspondence 

between the girls. Though of indifferent training and ability in other 

respects, the girls speak and write regarding their affairs with most 

admirable diction and style. No data are given regarding the actual 

intimate relations between the girls. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[279] E.G. Lancaster, "The Psychology and Pedagogy of Adolescence," 

_Pedagogical Seminary_, July, 1897, p. 88. 

 

[280] Victor Mercante, "Fetiquismo y Uranismo feminino en los internados 

educativos," _Archivos de Psiquiatria y Criminologia_, 1905, pp. 22-30; 

abstracted by D.C. McMurtrie, _Urologic Review_, August, 1914. 


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