BOOKS ON KINSEY
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
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.
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" - jstor.org
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E.
Review author[s]: Herbert Blumer, Ecology, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Oct., 1948), pp. 522-524
A PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION OF THE KINSEY REPORT - Norman Q. Brill
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
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.