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|NUMBER 228||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||JANUARY 2005|
This is a deeply disturbing book. Essentially a summary of a more detailed examination of Alfred Kinsey by Dr. Judith Reisman, it was released in time to counter the new film "Kinsey" which lionizes the controversial sex researcher.
Kinsey's sex research at Indiana University from the late 1930s to the mid-1950s fathered the sexual revolution, led to changes in the law of sex crimes and pornography, was cited in the Roe v. Wade decision, and spawned the sex education industry. The Kinsey Institute he founded lives on at the university. Yet his methods and his personal life were repulsive and his statistics were specious. Today, his exploitation of children for his "research" would probably land him in prison.
This book documents that behind the façade of a family man, Kinsey approved of wife-swapping and kept up a double life as a bisexual with an interest in boys. He engaged in compulsive genital self-mutilation which may have contributed to his death. He presented surveys relying on large numbers of prison inmates and prostitutes as representative of the American population. He pressured his staff to perform sex acts, some adulterous, on film. He employed no trained statistician.
Worse, he used serial child rapists and molesters as long-term sources without reporting them to the authorities. His infamous "Table 34" reported round-the-clock data on the sexual response of infants and young boys, including a report of 26 "climaxes" in 24 hours by a 4-year-old and a 13-year-old. The book quotes one unnamed victim who recalled being abused by her father at the age of four - his watch and a Kinsey questionnaire at the ready - and having to meet with Kinsey to discuss her experiences.
Such an abhorrent history did not stop the Kinsey Institute from reprinting Kinsey's two big studies on male and female sexuality in 1998. The American Legislative Exchange Council, with a membership of 2,400 state legislators, recently concluded that Kinsey's work presents "evidence of illegal and criminal acts masquerading as science."
Virtually all American sex education other than strict abstinence programs is Kinsey-based, according to Dr. Reisman, because of the network of training and accreditation started by the Kinsey Institute.
This short paperback is repetitive and derivative, but packs a punch. To order, visit www.CatholicOutreach.com or call 888-488-6789.