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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

not of traumatic or infectious origin as degenerative. Indeed, Magnan's 

classification of degenerates makes it possible that the highest general 

configuration of nervous accomplishment need not exclude the application 

of the concept of degeneration. Under the circumstances, it is a 

question what use and what new content the judgment of "degeneration" 

still possesses. It would seem more appropriate not to speak of 

degeneration: (1) Where there are not many marked deviations from the 

normal; (2) where the capacity for working and living do not in general 

appear markedly impaired.[6] 

 

That the inverted are not degenerates in this qualified sense can be 

seen from the following facts: 

 

1. The inversion is found among persons who otherwise show no marked 

deviation from the normal. 

 

2. It is found also among persons whose capabilities are not disturbed, 

who on the contrary are distinguished by especially high intellectual 

development and ethical culture.[7] 

 

3. If one disregards the patients of one's own practice and strives to 

comprehend a wider field of experience, he will in two directions 

encounter facts which will prevent him from assuming inversions as a 

degenerative sign. 

 

(_a_) It must be considered that inversion was a frequent manifestation 

among the ancient nations at the height of their culture. It was an 

institution endowed with important functions. (_b_) It is found to be 

unusually prevalent among savages and primitive races, whereas the term 

degeneration is generally limited to higher civilization (I. Bloch). 

Even among the most civilized nations of Europe, climate and race have a 

most powerful influence on the distribution of, and attitude toward, 

inversion.[8] 

 

*Innateness.*--Only for the first and most extreme class of inverts, as 

can be imagined, has innateness been claimed, and this from their own 

assurance that at no time in their life has their sexual impulse 

followed a different course. The fact of the existence of two other 

classes, especially of the third, is difficult to reconcile with the 

assumption of its being congenital. Hence, the propensity of those 

holding this view to separate the group of absolute inverts from the 

others results in the abandonment of the general conception of 

inversion. Accordingly in a number of cases the inversion would be of a 

congenital character, while in others it might originate from other 

causes. 

 

In contradistinction to this conception is that which assumes inversion 

to be an _acquired_ character of the sexual impulse. It is based on the 


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