|NUMBER 297||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||OCTOBER 2010|
Since 1948, Alfred Kinsey has been hailed as a scientific pioneer whose research liberated Americans from a repressed libido. Author Judith Reisman is determined to correct that myth, and to expose Kinsey as a deviant sex addict who perpetrated what she calls "the most colossal academic fraud of all time."
Much of the book's value lies in Reisman's explanation of how a nation that once embraced a Judeo-Christian sex ethic became obsessed with promiscuity and perversion. She is especially concerned to correct Kinsey's assault on the character of the World War II generation. His claim that 95% of American men had committed a sexual offense under 1940s laws was constantly repeated in the media, gradually persuading Americans that most everyone they knew — including their parents — were hypocritical adulterers. This, says Reisman, is why Baby Boomers rejected the values of their "Greatest Generation" parents and launched the sexual revolution.
The Kinsey reports on male and female sexuality aimed to normalize behaviors previously considered aberrant and immoral, including homosexuality, bestiality, and pedophilia. Kinsey further claimed that sexual license did not increase illegitimacy, venereal disease, abortions or sex crimes, and did not harm marriages. A small cadre of Kinsey disciples spread his gospel to the media, universities, health professionals, and eventually the entire K-12 school system. Early on, sympathetic lawyers and judges collaborated with Kinsey to gut laws protecting women and children, making them fair game for sexual predators.
The fallout of Kinsey's lies is devastating, and Reisman lays out the tragic consequences for children and families. She also details the rise of what she calls the "sex industrial complex," an interdependent network of multimillion-dollar pornographers, pharmaceutical companies and sexologists (therapists, educators and researchers that promote Kinsey's ideals).
It is the scientific veneer of Kinsey's work that is the key to its acceptance; therefore Reisman goes into some depth about his "research" subjects and methodology in order to prove his data is fraudulent. Many of these details are highly disturbing, particularly regarding Kinsey's infant and child subjects, but they are integral to the author's assertions that Kinsey was a vile man whose research should be thoroughly discredited.