An Analysis of the Kinsey Reports on Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Female

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THE 20TH OF AUGUST

Throughout the years '49, '50, and '51, the country was abuzz with expectation and anticipation. Woman was next. Kinsey was going to draw the curtain on the sex life of the American female. Excitement mounted. Fifty-two came, but no Kinsey. If the delay caused disappointment, it did not result in any diminution of curiosity. In the meantime, all kinds of rumors explaining the delay, the postponement, even the cancellation of plans for publication, ran around the country. There were thousands of explanations.

Early in '53, though, all the ghosts and rumors were laid to rest when word came from Bloomington that accredited representatives of the press and magazines would be given an opportunity to preview the new book, to be published in the fall. Commenting on this, Dr. Sol Ginsburg said, "...the establishment by the authors of a kind of secret conclave at which the facts of the Report would be given only to reporters who signed a written statement swearing that they would not release the material before a certain date [ August 20th ] increased the almost hysterical curiosity in the press (even, in part, the more responsible press). This obviously cultivated aura of secrecy, of imminent and earth shaking truths about to be revealed, was greater than ever. I do not mean to say that the authors of this book were themselves actually responsible for creating this hysteria, but they certainly cannot escape a good deal of responsibility for the kind of public appeal which was made on behalf of the book and for the efforts to stir up entirely unjustified, morbid curiosity and concern among the laity."

In fairness to Dr. Kinsey, it must be admitted that he had a bear by the tail. The public had created the demand for the book in the first place: certainly the publishers had not done so. And in the second place, the press very rightly insists upon a no-special-privilege arrangement for the dissemination of advance notice about news. If Kinsey had given this information to one paper, and not another, it would have resulted in the sort of hassle that would ensue if the White House showed favoritism for one paper against all others. Granting the necessity for being fair to all, the only question was how, and where, the information should be released. Kinsey made them come to him because obviously he could not go to them, except

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Table of contents

  • Incisive Comment 1
  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 7
  • Introduction 11
  • Part One - Sixteen Authorities Evaluate the Kinsey Report on Women 31
  • A Source of Error Atomism of Behavior 32
  • So Noble an Effort Corrupted 41
  • The Three Human Females 49
  • Kinsey and the Moral Problem of Man's Sexual Life 62
  • Education about Sex Changing Motives and Methods 71
  • The Scientific Method 91
  • Conclusion 116
  • A Most Important Book, But... 118
  • Implications for Marriage and Sexual Adjustment 130
  • I Am Concerned... 138
  • Dr. Kinsey's Summum Bonum 143
  • One Family's View 154
  • Sexual Behavior in the Young Human Female and Male 165
  • Sex and the Female Character 171
  • The Reading of Kinsey as a Meaningful Experience 183
  • The Marquis de Sade and the First Psychopathia Sexualis 193
  • The Kinsey Report 212
  • Altruism 230
  • Reactions to the Male Volume 261
  • Bibliography 276
  • The 20th of August 285
  • Analyses of the First Four Important Reviews of the Female Volume 297
  • Epilogue 304
  • Index 313
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