Kinsey: Deviancy Is the New Normal: The Kinsey Syndrome, a DVD Documentary about the "Father of the Sexual Revolution" and His Research, Examines Kinsey's Methods, His Supporters, and His Legacy of Lust

By Duke, Selwyn | The New American, April 27, 2009 | Go to article overview

Kinsey: Deviancy Is the New Normal: The Kinsey Syndrome, a DVD Documentary about the "Father of the Sexual Revolution" and His Research, Examines Kinsey's Methods, His Supporters, and His Legacy of Lust


Duke, Selwyn, The New American


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WARNING: Due to the subject matter, this article contains graphic descriptions of pedophilia and other aberrant sexual behavior.--Ed.

If you're like most Americans, when hearing the term "sexual revolution," you think of the 1960s. Conjured up are images of hippies in tie-dyed t-shirts, Woodstock, rock 'n' roll, and everything else that attended that tumultuous time in our history. Lying in contrast is the image of the 1950s, supposedly a time of white picket fences, Leave It to Beaver, and sexual "repression." Yet some would trace the beginning of the sexual revolution back to that purportedly staid decade, and among these are the creators of a new documentary, The Kinsey Syndrome.

The documentary identifies a seminal year in the sexual revolution: 1953. What happened then? Alfred Kinsey, the famous--perhaps we should say infamous-"sex researcher" and professor at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, issued the second volume of his research, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, a work likened to an "atomic bomb" dropped on traditional morality in America. It was a follow-up to Kinsey's 1948 work Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, and together, they were a one-two punch, the Fat Man and Little Boy of the new morality, helping to change the way Americans viewed their nation--perhaps forever.

Father of the Sexual Revolution

This is not hyperbole. If we are to believe Kinsey, America didn't need a sexual revolution--just sexual recognition. According to his findings--based on information collected from thousands of subjects--sexual behaviors that were considered rare and deviant in the 1950s were actually quite common.

For example, he claimed that 10 percent of American men were homosexual for at least three years of their lives; 69 percent of men visited prostitutes; 50 percent engaged in adultery; and, overall, 95 percent of the American male population regularly indulged sexual deviancy. He claimed that 50 percent of women had sex before marriage--shocking in the 1950s--26 percent practiced adultery, and 87 percent of pregnant single women and 25 percent of married ones were having abortions.

Based on these findings, he claimed that sexual promiscuity was normal. Moreover, he said that children are sexual from birth and that rape is one of the most "forgettable" crimes. All this, people were told, was based on exhaustive sex research conducted by Kinsey et al. It carried the weight of academia and the researcher's credentials as an Sc.D.

In a nutshell, man had never seen anything like it before. This was a supposed man of science, during a time in history when science was perhaps most respected (people are a bit more cynical today), who claimed to have conducted the world's first wide-scale study of man's sexual behavior. This wasn't "just religion" making moral pronouncements. This wasn't the Moral Majority. This was science, which, as we all know, is like Joe Friday and gives us "just the facts, ma'am."

But here are the facts. As C.S. Lewis once said, "Sex is not messed up because it was put in the closet; it was put in the closet because it was messed up." Sexual desires must be bayed by a thousand internal and external controls, those elements that have, to varying degrees, always existed in civilization and that libertines call "repression." And what was the effect of hearing that America was really more Nero and Caligula than Ozzie and Harriet? People said to themselves, "Hey, if all this is truly so common, why shouldn't I give freer rein to my deeper, darker urges? Why should I be the only one missing out on the fun?"

As an example, The Kinsey Syndrome points out that Hugh Hefner founded Playboy magazine in 1953, the same year that Kinsey published Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Was this a coincidence? Well, Hefner read Sexual Behavior in the Human Male when he was young and wrote about it in a college publication, and the work convinced him that he had been lied to by the wider society.

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