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

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The most frequent favorable reaction of all was for changing many of our attitudes and laws regarding sexual behavior.The time is ripe for the end of the era of hush and pretend. (22a)The Kinsey survey shows how hypocritical and self-righteous the American people are. (60)Kinsey's findings show that 95 percent of the male population engage with some regularity, or have done so, in sexual practices that are at the same time criminal offenses. If this is true, something is radically wrong somewhere. (22k)In conclusion, it is evident that basic revisions are necessary in sex crime legislation. (14e)However, the most frequent unfavorable reaction was against changing our attitudes or laws, or against changing them too fast or too far. Two articles in the Readers' Digest which were symposiums of many authorities' and readers' opinions were entirely devoted to discussing why we should not "change our sex standards." (55, 56) However, a large part of such reactions was against changing our attitudes too rapidly or to too great an extent, whereas most advocates of change seemed to be proposing change of only our most unrealistic attitudes and laws.Table 2 summarizes the number of favorable and unfavorable reactions to various aspects of the Kinsey Report.To summarize, the vast majority of the published reactions to the Kinsey Report seem to agree that it is an important work, perhaps the best of its kind that has yet been attempted, but a work with many weaknesses which is only a start toward exploring what Albert Deutsch calls "that last great area of mystery -- the mystery of human sex behavior." (14b)
Bibliography
1. American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Kinsey Report Lauded and Criticised," New York Times, Dec. 31, 1949, 26:5.
2. ------. "The Kinsey Report and its Contributions to Related Fields," Scientific Monthly, 70 ( May 1950), pp. 279-294.
a. Ernst, Morris L., The Kinsey Report and Law.
b. Linton, Ralph, An Anthropologist Views the Kinsey Report.
c. Murdock, George P., Comments.
d. Parry, Hugh J., Impact of the Kinsey Report on Opinion and Attitude Research.

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Table of contents

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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