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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

 

THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS[1] 

 

 

The fact of sexual need in man and animal is expressed in biology by the 

assumption of a "sexual impulse." This impulse is made analogous to the 

impulse of taking nourishment, and to hunger. The sexual expression 

corresponding to hunger not being found colloquilly, science uses the 

expression "libido."[2] 

 

Popular conception makes definite assumptions concerning the nature and 

qualities of this sexual impulse. It is supposed to be absent during 

childhood and to commence about the time of and in connection with the 

maturing process of puberty; it is supposed that it manifests itself in 

irresistible attractions exerted by one sex upon the other, and that its 

aim is sexual union or at least such actions as would lead to union. 

 

But we have every reason to see in these assumptions a very 

untrustworthy picture of reality. On closer examination they are found 

to abound in errors, inaccuracies and hasty conclusions. 

 

If we introduce two terms and call the person from whom the sexual 

attraction emanates the _sexual object_, and the action towards which 

the impulse strives the _sexual aim_, then the scientifically examined 

experience shows us many deviations in reference to both sexual object 

and sexual aim, the relations of which to the accepted standard require 

thorough investigation. 

 

 

1. DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL OBJECT 

 

The popular theory of the sexual impulse corresponds closely to the 

poetic fable of dividing the person into two halves--man and woman--who 

strive to become reunited through love. It is therefore very surprising 

to hear that there are men for whom the sexual object is not woman but 

man, and that there are women for whom it is not man but woman. Such 

_persons_ are called contrary sexuals, or better, inverts; the 

_condition_, that of inversion. The number of such individuals is 

considerable though difficult of accurate determination.[3] 

 

 

A. _Inversion_ 

 

*The Behavior of Inverts.*--The above-mentioned persons behave in many 

ways quite differently. 

 

(_a_) They are absolutely inverted; _i.e._, their sexual object must be 

always of the same sex, while the opposite sex can never be to them an 

object of sexual longing, but leaves them indifferent or may even evoke 

sexual repugnance. As men they are unable, on account of this 

repugnance, to perform the normal sexual act or miss all pleasure in its 

performance. 

 

(_b_) They are amphigenously inverted (psychosexually hermaphroditic); 

_i.e._, their sexual object may belong indifferently to either the same 

or to the other sex. The inversion lacks the character of exclusiveness. 


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