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The Intermediate Sex: A Study of Some Transitional Types of Men and Women

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger P ...more
Hardcover, Reprint, 176 pages
Published 1921 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd (first published July 16th 1908)
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Hannah Ringler
It’s an early 20th century work on sexuality and gender orientation, and I read it because in Regeneration by Pat Barker, a character mentions it as a book that “saved” him. They go on to discuss why - it made him see that he “wasn’t just a freak. That there was a positive side.” This conversational tangent was sandwiched neatly in the middle of a discussion about pacifism, and although I could guess at what it was getting at - The Intermediate Sex is a fairly difficult title to misinterpret - t ...more
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more open-minded and interesting than I was prepared for. Carpenter was revolutionary in some ways: he argues that most homosexual individuals are "normal" in a time when many sexologists believed they were pathological. More, he differentiates between sexual predators and homosexuals; "real" homosexuals are focused on relationships rather than sex in his thoughts. Carpenter is very anti-sex, as he is anxious to disassociate "inverts" with criminal sexuality, and he buys into the idea that ...more
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Edward Carpenter was an English socialist poet, socialist philosopher, anthologist, and early gay activist.

A leading figure in late 19th- and early 20th-century Britain, he was instrumental in the foundation of the Fabian Society and the Labour Party. A poet and writer, he was a close friend of Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore, corresponding with many famous figures such as Annie Besant, Isado
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“Anyone who realises what Love is, the dedication of the heart, so profound, so absorbing, so mysterious, so imperative, and always just in the noblest natures so strong, cannot fail to see how difficult, how tragic even, must often be the fate of those whose deepest feelings are destined from the earliest days to be a riddle and a stumbling-block, unexplained to themselves, passed over in silence by others.” 37 likes
“[A]s people are beginning to see that the sexes form in a certain sense a continuous group, so they are beginning to see that Love and Friendship which have been so often set apart from each other as things distinct are in reality closely related and shade imperceptibly into each other. Women are beginning to demand that Marriage shall mean Friendship as well as Passion; that a comrade-like Equality shall be included in the word Love; and it is recognised that from the one extreme of a 'Platonic' friendship (generally between persons of the same sex) up to the other extreme of passionate love (generally between persons of opposite sex) no hard and fast line can at any point be drawn effectively separating the different kinds of attachment. We know, in fact, of Friendships so romantic in sentiment that they verge into love; we know of Loves so intellectual and spiritual that they hardly dwell in the sphere of Passion.” 21 likes
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