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Monday, January 17, 2005

Kinky Kinsey!

Kinsey - Let’s talk about sex – opens in the UK March 4 2005

Alfred C. Kinsey, the pioneer sex researcher from Indiana University, published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948, followed by Sexual Behavior in the Human Female in 1953.

People under the age of 40 may not be familiar with these publications or the outrage they caused. There are those who believe Kinsey’s reports broke down certain boundaries and helped pave the way toward the sexual revolution of the 60’s and 70’s. Another view shared by many is that Kinsey promoted free sex regardless of the human cost; sex with anyone, anywhere, with any gender, at any age.

Through his research in to sexual behaviour and by interviewing thousands of people, Kinsey sought to prove that sexual normalcy is a myth.

People argue that his findings were fraudulent because rather than interviewing a geographic and ethnic cross-section, Kinsey's subjects were nearly all from the Midwest, white, college-educated, with many homosexuals. In their 1990 book Kinsey, Sex and Fraud, Dr. Judith Reisman and Edward Eichel revealed that as much as 25 percent of the male sample was prison inmates, including sex offenders.

Undoubtedly some of Kinsey’s findings in particular his notion that children are sexual beings from birth can be seen as a very dark way of using science to condone adult-child sex. It is quite understandable that this sort of scientific notion of Kinsey’s meets with complete opposition.

On a broad objective level one could say that Kinsey opened the door to adult sexual liberation and sexual knowledge. What sort of sexual experience would women be having today if the stated belief that performance of cunnilingus would reduce a woman's fertility was still held as true? I shudder to think. What sort of life would we have to today if the door had not been opened up for better sex education, contraceptives, and the pill?

Kinsey may not have conducted his research in the best possible way and yes there are some darker aspects to his findings, but he was a pioneer and his publications brought about a much needed sexual awareness, an awareness that society has used to progress to where we stand sexually today.

posted by Opus at 17:47

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