In Sexual Inversion
(first published 1897, revised and expanded 1915), Ellis introduces his subject by linking it to ancient militaristic communities in order to undermine its lingering associations with degeneracy, languor, and an antisocial feebleness.
From Sexual Inversion
to Homosexuality: Medicine and the Changing Conceptualization of Female Deviance," Salmagundi 58 (1982): 116.
But I find that "lesbian" is not simply a placeholder for women who loved women; I think it can give us a useful shortcut for evoking a whole range of words that have been used to describe attachments between women, ranging from such seemingly neutral words as sapphism, sexual inversion
, and homosexuality to pornographic slang such as tribade, fricatrice, and "doing the flats.
Further, Edith Ellis combined her ideas on sexual inversion
and the apparently irreconcilable demands of eugenics to argue that the sexual invert had a valuable role to play in creating a superior society.
For Carpenter especially, the homosexual him/herself came to embody the translator par excellence, who not only mediated between men and women (and so in the process stabilized heterosexual practices) but also, because of a natural predisposition for the arts, literature in particular (see Carpenter, Intermediate Sex 32, 110; see also Ellis, Sexual Inversion
341), was able to create, tell, and translate homosexual stories and, in the process, affirm their valued place within Western literary history.
The early- and mid-twentieth-century texts Nealon discusses resist the pathologizing of homosexuality characteristic of medical-psychiatric theories such as sexual inversion
, without a clear vision of an emergent historical movement toward gay and lesbian group identity.
Early theories of homosexuality centered on sexual inversion
, or malformed gender.
El comun denominador de estas definiciones medicas lo resume Christopher Craft de manera pertinente cuando atribuye la feminizacion del homosexual a lo que el denomina "the essentially homophobic metaphorics of sexual inversion
, of 'anima muliebris virili corpore inclusa,'" de donde se infiere que
18 Sexual Inversion
by Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds, Amo Press
61) Halberstam, 76-8; Havelock Ellis, 'Chapter IV: Sexual inversion
in women', in Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds, Sexual Inversion
, Wilson and Macmillan, London, 1897, reprint edition Arno Press, New York, 1975, 78-103.
1999) for red grouper, female and male black grouper were classified as resting, ripening, ripe-running, or spent, and fish in the process of sexual inversion
were classified as transitional.
The body in this photograph is an image of sexual inversion
, containing features that are neither "male" nor "female"-nor even altogether quite human.
He argued that since sexual inversion
was a disease it should be treated by doctors rather than punished by law.
He became probably the first person to write in English on 'homosexuality', including his A Problem in Greek Ethics and A Problem in Modern Ethics, and he was collaborating with Havelock Ellis on Sexual Inversion
at the time of his death.
Women on Top: Symbolic Sexual Inversion
and Political Disorder in Early Modern Europe" in Barbara A.