Sexual Inversion

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Wilson and Macmillan, 16, John Street, Bedford Row, W.C., 1897 - Homosexuality - 299 pages
This was originally published in Leipzig as 'Das konträre Geschlechtsgefühl'. It was praised as a pioneering work, but when Wilson and Macmillan published the English version, 'Sexual Inversion', in 1897 the Scottish historian and friend of Symonds bought up nearly the entire edition in order to avoid a scandal accruing to the Symonds family. It was re-issued in 1897 under the new title 'Studies in the Psychology of Sex' with Symonds name expunged.

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Page 159 - But nature makes that mean : so, over that art Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race : this is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature.
Page 22 - Sotadic Zone," bounded westwards by the northern shores of the Mediterranean (N. Lat. 43°) and by the southern (N. Lat. 30°). Thus the depth would be 780 to 800 miles including meridional France, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Greece, with the coast-regions of Africa from Marocco to Egypt.
Page 119 - ... among the more normal and healthy of the cases. A preference for older men, or else a considerable degree of indifference to age alone, is more common, and perhaps indicates a deeper degree of perversion. Putting aside the age of the object desired, it must be said that there is a distinctly general, though not universal, tendency for sexual inverts to approach the feminine type, either in psychic disposition or physical constitution, or both.
Page 176 - ... because they are inimical to tyranny; for the interests of rulers require that their subjects should be poor in spirit; and that there should be no strong bond of friendship or society among them...
Page ix - ... the admirable spirit in which, successfully or not, they sought to approach them. We need to-day the same spirit and temper applied from a different standpoint. These things concern everyone; the study of these things concerns the physiologist, the psychologist, the moralist. We want to get into possession of the actual facts, and from the investigation of the facts we want to ascertain what is normal and what is abnormal, from the point of view of physiology and of psychology. We want to know...
Page 22 - The only physical cause for the practice which suggests itself to me, and that must be owned to be purely conjectural, is that within the Sotadic Zone there is a blending of the masculine and feminine temperaments, a crasis which elsewhere only occurs sporadically
Page 9 - really, or to my fancy," had the feminine rotundity. He has heard a bote "beg a male Indian to submit to his caress," and he tells that "one little fellow, while in the agency boarding-school, was found frequently surreptitiously wearing female attire. He was punished, but finally escaped from school and became a bote, which vocation he has since followed.
Page 21 - CES passions qu'eux seuls nomment encore amours Sont des amours aussi, tendres et furieuses, Avec des particularités curieuses Que n'ont pas les amours certes de tous les jours.
Page 184 - ... in the front of watchful foes — involved adventures capable of shedding the lustre of romance on friendship. These circumstances, by bringing the virtues of sympathy with the weak, tenderness for the beautiful, protection for the young, together with corresponding qualities of gratitude, self-devotion, and admiring attachment into play, may have tended to cement unions between man and man no less firm than that of marriage. On such connections a wise captain would have relied for giving strength...
Page 46 - I was a day boarder at school and heard little of school talk on sex subjects, was very reserved and modest besides ; no elder person or parent ever spoke to me on such matters ; and the passion for my own sex developed itself gradually, utterly uninfluenced from the outside.

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