Woman's Crusade: Debunking Kinsey: Attacks on Sexual Researcher's `Fraud' Find Support in British Documentary

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Woman's Crusade: Debunking Kinsey: Attacks on Sexual Researcher's `Fraud' Find Support in British Documentary


McCain, Robert Stacy, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Judith A. Reisman has spent nearly two decades exposing what she calls scientific fraud committed by pioneer sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, the man known as "the father of the sexual revolution."

Despite her evidence, Mrs. Reisman says American scientists have "steadfastly refused" to admit that the famous Kinsey Reports were fundamentally flawed - using unrepresentative samples and invalid methodology, and even accepting "data" on children reported by habitual child molesters.

"The father of human sexuality education was, really, a sexual psychopath," says Mrs. Reisman, author of two books on Kinsey's fraud, including "Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences," published last year. She calls Kinsey's fraud "the major scientific scandal of our nation."

A 1997 biography of Kinsey by James H. Jones detailed Kinsey's sexual involvement with associates at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, which included filming sex acts between Kinsey, his wife, his staffers and their wives in various combinations.

"I think [Kinsey] was dramatically driven by his own sexual perversions," Mrs. Reisman says.

Instead of denouncing Kinsey, who died in 1956, American sex researchers have turned on Mrs. Reisman. She "has been vilified from coast to coast," according to the National Review.

Kinsey's research continues to be cited as authoritative by educational and legal journals, and influences both public attitudes and public policies, Mrs. Reisman says. For example, Kinsey was repeatedly cited in a 1993 Rand Corporation report that supported the "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward homosexuals in the military.

The media has also largely ignored flaws in Kinsey's work, Mrs. Reisman says. Last month, a New York Times interview with Kinsey Institute president John Bancroft did not even mention evidence of scientific fraud in Kinsey's 1948 "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" and its accompanying volume on female sexuality published in 1953.

In England, however, Mrs. Reisman's work got substantial publicity last year when Channel Four aired "Kinsey's Paedophiles," a documentary by Tim Tate. The hourlong film identified "Mr. X" - a pedophile whose accounts of hundreds of sexual "contacts" with children were used in the Kinsey Reports - as a federal Forestry Service employee named Rex King.

Mr. Tate interviewed Mrs. Reisman and Kinsey Institute officials for the British documentary. It also detailed Kinsey's use of reports by a Nazi officer who sexually abused children in occupied Poland during World War II.

Mr. Tate says he is "disappointed" his Kinsey documentary hasn't been shown in the United States yet.

"It strikes me that there must be a number of people who are adults now who were victims of Rex King who have no idea what was done with the information," Mr. Tate says, noting that King's victims are probably now 50 to 75 years old.

King's reports were "used by Kinsey . . . to suggest that children can enjoy their abuse," Mr. Tate says. "Unless that film is shown [in the United States] those adults won't know. I think they have a right to know."

One reason American broadcasters may be reluctant to investigate Kinsey, Mrs. Reisman says, is that many have forgotten how much impact the Kinsey Reports had a half-century ago.

With a publicity campaign funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, she says, the reports made newspaper headlines across the country. Kinsey was featured in a Time magazine cover story that portrayed him as "a noble man who was a scientist . . . a family man," she says. …

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