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Kinsey reports suggested that homosexuality was common and must be regarded as normal. 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. The theory of childhood sexuality advanced by Alfred Kinsey’s sex researchers has shaped how and when sex education is taught in the United States. Kinsey report 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. 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. Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana University and the founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

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 for the Kinsey report. In 1982, the name of Kinsey's instute was amended to 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. Kinsey reports 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. Psychiatry and psychology will always be in their debt for this. Nevertheless, two of the basic implications of Kinsey reports must be rejected. The failure of Kinsey and Kinsey reports 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.

A Sociologist Looks at the "Kinsey Report" -
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin.

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. Kinsey's sociological conclusions suffer from this limited approach. 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.

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."

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.


American Sexual Character: Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey Reports. - Miriam G. Reumann.

The Kinsey Corruption. - Susan Brinkman.