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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

following facts. (1) In many inverts (even absolute ones) an early 

affective sexual impression can be demonstrated, as a result of which 

the homosexual inclination developed. (2) In many others outer 

influences of a promoting and inhibiting nature can be demonstrated, 

which in earlier or later life led to a fixation of the inversion--among 

which are exclusive relations with the same sex, companionship in war, 

detention in prison, dangers of hetero-sexual intercourse, celibacy, 

sexual weakness, etc. (3) Hypnotic suggestion may remove the inversion, 

which would be surprising in that of a congenital character. 

 

In view of all this, the existence of congenital inversion can certainly 

be questioned. The objection may be made to it that a more accurate 

examination of those claimed to be congenitally inverted will probably 

show that the direction of the libido was determined by a definite 

experience of early childhood, which has not been retained in the 

conscious memory of the person, but which can be brought back to memory 

by proper influences (Havelock Ellis). According to that author 

inversion can be designated only as a frequent variation of the sexual 

impulse which may be determined by a number of external circumstances of 

life. 

 

The apparent certainty thus reached is, however, overthrown by the 

retort that manifestly there are many persons who have experienced even 

in their early youth those very sexual influences, such as seduction, 

mutual onanism, without becoming inverts, or without constantly 

remaining so. Hence, one is forced to assume that the alternatives 

congenital and acquired are either incomplete or do not cover the 

circumstances present in inversions. 

 

*Explanation of Inversion.*--The nature of inversion is explained 

neither by the assumption that it is congenital nor that it is acquired. 

In the first case, we need to be told what there is in it of the 

congenital, unless we are satisfied with the roughest explanation, 

namely, that a person brings along a congenital sexual impulse connected 

with a definite sexual object. In the second case it is a question 

whether the manifold accidental influences suffice to explain the 

acquisition unless there is something in the individual to meet them 

half way. The negation of this last factor is inadmissible according to 

our former conclusions. 

 

*The Relation of Bisexuality.*--Since the time of Frank Lydston, 

Kiernan, and Chevalier, a new series of ideas has been introduced for 

the explanation of the possibility of sexual inversion. This contains a 


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