Many have objected to Kinsey* because he has applied to the study of sexual behavior in what he calls human males and human females the method -- taxonomic -- that he applied to gall wasps.
Many more will doubtless object because this Editor uses the same method in considering the intellectual behavior of those who have expressed themselves about Kinsey.
Numerous as are the objections to Kinsey's findings, there are few claims that what he is revealing is not so. There are, as mentioned above, objections to his method, and especially are there objections to such conclusions as he draws, and such implications as people infer he implies, and even objections that he should make such a study at all. But there is no objection about one thing, and that is that human beings, male and female, do have a wide range of sexual behavior.
We may not like some of that behavior, we may not approve of it, we may think it should be condemned or even punished, we may think that information about it should be printed privately in old Latin, but the fact remains that human beings do do these things and have, according to recorded history, done them ever since man learned how to record his impressions of things seen, done, and heard.
How wide is this range? It may begin with masturbation to orgasm at two, and end with heterosexual intercourse to orgasm, at ninety-two.
This, you must admit, is a wide range, but it is not wider than the intellectual outlets used in reacting to Kinsey himself.____________________