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Kinsey reports are two highly influential but controversial volumes on the Sexual Behavior of the Human Male (1948) and the Sexual Behavior of the Human Female (1953) by researcher Alfred C. Kinsey (1894-1956). The Kinsey reports stirred a storm of criticism as the results about the frequency of sexual activity such as premarital intercourse and masturbation were seen as alarming.

The Kinsey reports provided what was the first scientific enumeration of homosexual activity and suggested that this sexual preference was very common and must be regarded as normal.

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Inc
The Institute was founded in 1947 by zoology professor Alfred Charles Kinsey as a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with Indiana University. As the instructor for a new marriage course on the Indiana University campus, Kinsey had begun to collect sexual histories.

The Institute was founded as a means to guarantee absolute confidentiality to individuals interviewed and to provide a secure, permanent location for the growing collection of interview data and other materials on human sexuality. Originally named the Institute for Sex Research, the name was changed in 1981 to the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Dr. Kinsey's death. In 1982, the name was amended to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction to reflect its broadened research mission.

Psychiatric Implications of the Kinsey Report - LAWRENCE S. KUBIE M.D. - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene, Yale University School of Medicine
If this report by Dr. Kinsey and his co-workers does no more than present us with incontrovertible statistics concerning the incidence of manifest infantile sexuality and of manifest adult polymorphous sexual tendencies, it will be a major contribution to our understanding of human development and of human culture. Psychiatry and psychology will always be in their debt for this. Nevertheless, two of the basic implications of their report must be rejected. One is that the overt manifestations of sexual patterns are all that we need to know about human sexuality. The other unacceptable implication is that where any behavior pattern is widespread among human beings, it is superfluous to attempt to explain it.
The failure of Kinsey and his co-authors to give full and consistent consideration to the powerful psychologic forces which influence the objects, the aims, and the quantity of sexual activity is a source of errors in many conclusions which they draw from their data. It would add immensely to the value of all of the observations made by Dr. Kinsey and his co-workers if we could know more about the physiologic and psychologic setting of the various forms of sexual behavior whose incidence they have determined.
Dr. Kinsey and his co-workers were wise not to allow themselves to characterize any individual as good or bad, as sick or well, as neurotic, psychotic, or psychopathic. Certainly from the point of view of establishing their contacts and gathering their material this was essential.

A Sociologist Looks at the "Kinsey Report" -
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin 
Review author[s]: Herbert Blumer, Ecology, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Oct., 1948), pp. 522-524

Abstract: In Kinsey's investigations there seems to be a tendency to study human sexuality from a biological point of view and to neglect the psychological with which sexuality is intimately involved. He does not sufficiently differentiate between sexual behavior in animals and humans which appear to be similar but which are really very different. His sociological conclusions suffer from this limited approach. Experience with patients strongly suggests that his statistics on women may include gross distortion. From a clinical psychiatric standpoint his concept of perversions is oversimplified. To Kinsey, all sexual activity represents the expression of sexual desire whereas it not uncommonly may be used to relieve tensions which are not of sexual origin.

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male - Kinsey, Alfred C., Pomeroy, Wardell R., Martin, Clyde E. - American Journal of Public Health - Abstract: The article focuses on sexual behavior in the human male. Considerable portion of the population, perhaps the major portion of the male population, has at least some homosexual experience between adolescence and old age. The social significance of the homosexual is considerably emphasized by the fact that both Jewish and Christian churches have considered this aspect of human sexuality to be abnormal and immoral. Social custom and the Anglo-American law are sometimes very severe in penalizing one who is discovered to have had homosexual relations.

Astrology and the Kinsey Report on Female Sexual Behavior
Dane Rudhyar's 1954 Article, Astrology and the Kinsey Report. "The tremendous nation-wide publicity given freely to the Kinsey Report on women's sexual behavior is in itself a remarkable indication of the change which has taken place in the American mind concerning all matters related to sex. It is significant too, that Dr. Kinsey and his assistants could gather this type of intimate information from some 6000 women."
"Scorpio is usually considered to be related to sexual activity and to all passions connected with sex (for instance, jealousy). But actually we must differentiate clearly between two aspects of sex. Sex as a strictly biological and procreative function of the human animal is expressed in the zodiacal sign, Taurus - the sign of fertility. The sign, Scorpio (its opposite in the zodiac) refers, on the other hand, to what I might call "personalized" sex. And it is with this latter that Freudian theories and the Kinsey Report deal primarily."

Kinsey: High Priest of Perversion - Human Events - Reisman, Judith
Abstract:Focuses on the influence of sexologist Alfred Kinsey on the revival of sexual perversion in the society. Issues arising from the screening of the motion picture "Kinsey," starring Liam Neeson; Information on the article "Dr. Strangelove: Alfred Kinsey, Liberator or Pervert," which focused on the effort of Kinsey to encourage child abuse for his books; Connection of Kinsey with Nazi pedophile Fritz von Balluseck.