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Studies in the psychology of sex, volume 2


It may even be that I was inclined to slur it over as an
unpleasant
subject, and one that it was not wise to enlarge on. But
I found in time
that several persons for whom I felt respect and
admiration were the
congenital subjects of this abnormality. At the same
time I realized that
in England, more than in any other country, the law and
public opinion
combine to place a heavy penal burden and a severe
social stigma on the
manifestations of an instinct which to those persons who
possess it
frequently appears natural and normal. It was clear,
therefore, that the
matter was in special need of elucidation and
discussion.
There can be no doubt that a peculiar amount of
ignorance exists regarding
the subject of sexual inversion. I know medical men of
many years' general
experience who have never, to their knowledge, come
across a single case.
We may remember, indeed, that some fifteen years ago the
total number of
cases recorded in scientific literature scarcely equaled
those of British
race which I have obtained, and that before my first
cases were published
not a single British case, unconnected with the asylum
or the prison, had
ever been recorded. Probably not a very large number of
people are even
aware that the turning in of the sexual instinct toward
persons of the
same sex can ever be regarded as inborn, so far as any
sexual instinct is
inborn. And very few, indeed, would not be surprised if
it were possible
to publish a list of the names of sexually inverted men
and women who at
the present time are honorably known in church, state,
society, art, or
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