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External Articles | Posted: August 14, 2005

Sordid Science: The Sex Research of Alfred C. Kinsey (The Catholic Standard & Times - Part 7 of 7)


Exclusive Series: Alfred C. Kinsey and American Sex Ed
Part 7 of 7
by Susan Brinkmann
CS&T Correspondent

The many contrived conclusions reached by Alfred C. Kinsey managed to weave themselves into the very fabric of American life. Among others, Kinsey taught that the goal of intercourse should be pleasure, not love, which paved the way for approving every conceivable form of noncommittal sexual activity. He also highly recommended sexuality activity between adults and children, including incest. All forms of sodomy are natural and healthy, he said and, with the use of erroneous numbers, tried to prove that homosexuality was more prevalent in our society than heterosexuality.

Even though all of these findings have been thoroughly disproved by credible research and human experience, the Kinsey Institute spawned all of the organizations that provide the nation's sex education curriculums.

In the book, "Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences," Dr. Judith Reisman writes, "Kinsey's philosophy of early childhood sexual development became the standard for today's graphic sex instruction materials in many, if not most, American public, private and parochial schools, usually camouflaged by such euphemistic captions as sex education, AIDS prevention or awareness, family life, health, hygiene . . . even abstinence education. Public health data confirm that as Kinsey-based sex education has metastasized, levels of sexual disease and dysfunction have rocketed upward . . ."

How did Kinsey's sordid science manage to invade our sex ed programs?
It began with the death of Kinsey in August, 1956, shortly after his return from Europe. The official cause of his death was pneumonia brought on by overwork and an enlarged heart. However, other evidence points to complications from what Kinsey called a "pelvic infection," but was actually diagnosed as orchitis.

Orchitis is marked by pain and swelling of the genitals usually caused by gonorrhea, syphilis, filarial disease or tuberculosis. The condition usually follows some kind of trauma, which Kinsey regularly inflicted upon himself by his compulsive genital self-mutilation and other sado-masochistic behaviors.

Reisman writes, "The sexual revolution faced a potentially serious setback were it widely known that the theoretical father of the movement had died from an advanced stage of sadosexual autoerotic (masturbatory) activity." Kinsey vehemently denied the danger of contracting sexual diseases as a result of the perversions he advocated. For this reason, his death could never be attributed to such causes.
After his death, long-time Kinsey staff members Wardell Pomeroy, Clyde Martin and Paul Gebhard remained at the Institute and began to train others in Kinsey's "New Biology."

Pomeroy left the Institute in 1968 to become the director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco, which offered the most extensive training available in the Kinsey model. Pomeroy, who was also a board member of Penthouse Forum, was joined in this venture by other major porn personalities such as Hustler magazine contributors, Ted McIlvenna and Erwin Haeberle.
Other accredited sexology degrees in Kinsey's "New Biology" became available from the New York University Health Department's School of Education, under homosexual activist Deryck Calderwood, who would later die of AIDS.

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Health's School of Education also began offering similar training and degrees, directed by homosexual advocate Kenneth George.

These three major academic centers began to train "sexologists" who would eventually design and implement the sex education curricula for all ages of American youth. They did this through the establishment of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (SSSS), which was a joint venture by Pomeroy and Gebhard, Calderwood of NYU and Vern Bullough, the editor of "Paidika: The Journal of Pedophilia." The SSSS established a Commission of Accreditation for the field which granted approval to no one except those who espoused the beliefs of Alfred Kinsey.

The Kinsey Institute launched its own organization, the Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) in 1964 for the proliferation of this "New Biology." It's early leader was Dr. Mary Calderone, the past medical director of Planned Parenthood. The Playboy Foundation made the initial grant to establish SIECUS. Considering its backers, one can hardly wonder how sexually explicit materials are getting into the nation's classrooms.

In 1991, SIECUS issued guidelines for sexuality education that were aimed at institutionalizing Kinseyan sexuality nationwide. Reisman writes, "Building on their virtual sex education monopoly, only Kinsey-trained teachers would be permitted in American schoolrooms (K-12) to develop 'sexuality literacy.'"

SIECUS guidelines suggest that teens should be encouraged to explore "the full range of safe sexual behaviors" so that "we may help to raise a generation of adults that do not equate sex with intercourse . . ."
In 1992, SIECUS produced a pamphlet called "Talk about Sex," which urged children not to reject the sexually exploitive media that surrounds them, but to use it as a sexual aid.

Reisman writes, "In the early 1980's, Time Magazine dared twice to expose SIECUS matriarch Calderone and other key sex educators who claimed 'anything goes' for - and with - children. The April 14, 1980 issue of Time cited the SIECUS paper on incest, 'Attacking the Last Taboo,' which claimed that "we are roughly in the same position today regarding incest as we were a hundred years ago . . . ." Concluded Time, SIECUS was part of an academic "pro-incest lobby . . . conducting a campaign to undermine the taboo against incest, and all other sexual inhibitions - the Kinsey model."

In spite of so much evidence against the credibility of his studies, the Kinsey Institute reprinted both of Kinsey's books in 1998, much to the distress of one of the child victims of the infamous Table 34.
Esther, who was four years old at the time of her father's abuse, remembers having to meet with Alfred Kinsey and talk about these experiences. She also recalls her father looking at his watch while abusing her and then filling out a questionnaire and sending it to Kinsey. The fact that these erroneous figures were published again in 1998 infuriated her
"They used me," she said. "And they used those children and that's a terrible way to feel, that you've been used for a lie, and they perpetuated it so that it would happen again . . ."

And again, and again, as the lie is now taught to children as young as five years old in sex ed programs across the nation.

The Kinsey Institute is well aware of what could happen if the public is ever allowed access to its archives, and for this reason, they refuse to let anyone see their records. This includes the authorities.

"If the FBI were to come and demand to see our histories," Kinsey photographer Clarence Tripp once said to biographer Gawthorne-Hardy, "I would destroy them first."

This series is based on the book by Dr. Judith Reisman, "Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences," available through her web