But leaving these far from savory or enticing phases of Roman civilization, and coming down to the present, I wish first to consider perverse sexual acts not springing from actual perversion of instinct, as most nearly typical of the acquired habit. Among these may be classed the homosexual attempts of half impotent masturbators, or worn out libertines; those of imprisoned men, and women, denied the legitimate outlet of their passions; and, for the same reason, the homosexual contacts of sailors, Boldiers, and boys and girls herded separately in boarding schools.
Dr. H. D. Wey, physician to the Elmira Reformatory, New York, writes, "sexuality is one of the most troublesome elements with which we have to contend. I have no data as to the number of prisoners who are sexually perverse. In my pessimistic moments I should say all were; but probably 80% would be a fair estimate. The way some of the men, with features suggestive of femininity, attract others, reminds me of a bitch, in heat, followed by a pack of dogs;" 1 and, in reference to the vice among pupils in our common, and advanced schools, it has been remarked that although many pass through school-life without forming any passionate sexual relationship, there yet remain a large number who date the development of homosexuality from its influences and examples.1