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External Articles | Posted: August 14, 2005

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


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

Except for those too young to remember, there's not a soul in America who hasn't wondered about the rapid decline of morality in this country. In just forty years, we went from a country of traditional family values to a nation of widespread promiscuity, cohabitation and soaring divorce rates. At the same time, crime rates have exploded, particularly sex crimes against women and children. How could things go so wrong so fast?

Many experts answer this question with two words: sex research.

It all began in 1948 with the publication of a book entitled, "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male," written by a man named Alfred C. Kinsey of Indiana University. This book contained what was purported to be startling new revelations about human sexuality, most of which shattered all previous traditional notions about mankind's most intimate behavior. Some of these conclusions were: children are sexual from birth; sexual promiscuity is normal; rape is one of the most "forgettable" crimes against women; the only difference between the average man and the sex offender is that one got caught and the other didn't.

In spite of its controversial content, the book was an enormous success mostly because of it's timing and the well-funded media blitz that surrounded it. Launched during the early days of America's infatuation with science, the author, Alfred C. Kinsey, was presented to the public as an upstanding mid-western family man who was employed by the prestigious Indiana University.

Not until after his death in1956 did biographers begin to uncover a few cracks in the carefully constructed veneer of respectability that surrounded Alfred C. Kinsey and his work. According to his own personal correspondence, Kinsey was a homosexual with a marked preference for young boys. He was also an atheist and a confirmed bigot who refused to hire Jews, blacks, Christians and anyone who embraced traditional moral values.

He oversaw the filming of live sex-acts at Indiana University and in his home, which were performed by members of his own staff and their families, all of whom were expected to participate whether they wanted to or not.

Even more damaging were new revelations about how Kinsey conducted his "research" regarding child sexuality. The determination that "children are sexual from birth" was deducted from "data" he collected from pedophiles who regularly sent him the details of their sordid crimes. A 1998 British documentary entitled, "Secret History: Kinsey's Pedophiles," documents the case of a notorious German pedophile who was on trial for the rape and murder of a ten year old girl when his personal correspondence with Kinsey was uncovered. The film was never shown in the United States.

And for good reason. The American public would never accept this behavior from anyone claiming to be a legitimate scientist.

But that's exactly what Alfred C. Kinsey purported to be, even though the real scientific community raised serious questions about his research at the time of his first publication. Some of the worlds most prestigious scientists complained about his unscientific methodology.

For instance, the questionnaire Kinsey used to collect his data asked questions of such an intimate and private nature the only people who would answer it were deviants and incarcerated sex offenders. Even the distinguished British medical journal, the Lancet, warned the public that Kinsey had "questioned an unrepresentative proportion of prison inmates and sex offenders in a survey of normal sexual behavior."

And why was there never a professional statistician on Kinsey's staff even though his deductions were entirely based upon the statistical analysis of data?

But Kinsey's work was being funded by money from the Rockefeller Foundation, which was more than enough to eclipse these complaints and launch a second book. "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female," was published in 1952 and again relied upon a data-base full of prostitutes and other female sexual non-conformists.

While the scientific community continued to clamor for clarity, Indiana University established the powerful Kinsey Institute and began to proliferate Kinsey's bogus data into what would become a new field of science - sex research. Aligned with Playboy and Planned Parenthood, it would eventually become the number one provider of America's sex-education programs, which is known today as the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SEICUS).

In the half century since Kinsey's death, this bogus behavioral information wove its way into the moral fabric of our nation, from the individual to the family, from the classroom to the courtroom. Meanwhile, a whole new cottage industry grew up around the nation's increasing immorality - the sex industry. Anxious to serve our new needs, pornography, sex education and what is politely called "womens reproductive health" - aka, abortion, sterilization and birth control - now rake in billions of dollars a year.

And let's not forget Hollywood, who has pocketed the most from our moral decline and has done more than its share to maintain the momentum in our nation's downward spiral. But the movie they began filming in the spring of 2003 goes beyond the pale. Starring Liam Neeson and scheduled for release in early 2004, it will present the life and work of Alfred C. Kinsey in the most glowing terms. Instead of presenting the facts, it will glorify him as a persecuted hero who found himself trapped in a world of sexual repression.

Thankfully, many of the experts are sounding the alarm. One of them is Dr. Judith Reisman, an internationally renowned authority on Alfred C. Kinsey's false sex data, who addressed the Catholic Leadership Institute at the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia in October, 2002. Her audience listened in stunned disbelief as she presented some of the most pristine scholarship available on the subject of bogus sex research and how it has contributed to many of today's social ills.

Sporting credentials as sound as her methodology, Reisman earned a doctorate in mass media affects from Case Western Reserve University and went on to study at Haifa University in Jerusalem until the U.S. Department Justice awarded her a Full Research Professorship at American University. Her work has been used by the F.B.I., the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of Justice, and in a number of international government hearings on science fraud, child sexual abuse, juvenile delinquency, rape and sex crime, and pornography.

But it should be pointed out that Dr. Reisman's interest in the subject is not confined to mere scholarship.

Her daughter, Jennie, was raped at the age of ten by a 13 year old boy who later admitted that he drew his inspiration from his father's "girlie magazines." When Reisman broke the news to her family and friends, too many of them tried to comfort her with the notion that "children are sexual from birth." Where were they getting these ideas?

Her search for an answer lead her into a world she never knew existed - the world according to Alfred C. Kinsey. What she found there is meticulously documented in her book, "Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences."

Dr. Reisman has authorized the publication of a multi-part series based on the research contained in her book, and written exclusively for the Catholic Standard and Times, which will begin next week.

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