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Book Review: Sexual Sabotage By Judith Reisman

'Sexual Sabotage': Was Alfred C. Kinsey All That Bad? Yes! Says Harsh Critic Judith Reisman

Reviewed By David M. Kinchen
Basil and Spice, Dec 7, 2010

Film biographies, in my opinion, often soften the rough edges of their subjects, if they don't portray them as out and out monsters, a la Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest." Even Hitler has gotten a pass or two in film treatments.

A Beautiful Mind," the 2001 Oscar-winning movie version of the life of mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. of Bluefield, WV, ignored Nash's alleged anti-Semitism, according to some critics. Of course, this view of Jews, heavily represented in academia, may have been related to his paranoid schizophrenia, for which he was institutionalized. Tom Tugend in a March 22, 2002 Jewish Telegraphic Agency dispatch said that Nash, born in 1928 and the winner of a Nobel Prize in 1994, has denied allegations that he hates Jews, although Nash told Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes" that he "did have strange ideas during certain periods of time." Anyone who has seen Ron Howard's film can attest to that.

Similarly, the 2004 Bill Condon-helmed movie "Kinsey," starring Liam Neeson as the Indiana University entomologist turned sex researcher Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, may or may not have been an accurate portrayal of Kinsey, but Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D., author of "Sexual Sabotage: How One Mad Scientist Unleashed a Plague of Corruption and Contagion on America" (WND Books, 288 pages, $25.95) certainly believes the film has stirred interest in a man Reisman blames for just about every evil under the sun.

Reisman, born in 1935, was called a "Red Diaper" baby turned right-wing fanatic by free-lance journalist Max Blumenthal writing in a 2004 piece that I found on the left-wing online site AlterNet. Blumenthal writes that "Reisman has cast herself as the anti-Kinsey, a self-styled moral monger in an existential - and admittedly personal - battle with the forces of cultural decay and sexual permissiveness. In her writings and lectures, Reisman conjures a dark world in which Playboy magazine insidiously pushes kiddie-porn, where homosexuals crusade for the hearts and behinds of America's youth and "erotoxins" as powerful as crack cocaine fill the somatasensory cortexes of porn watchers. From Reisman's writings and lectures, one could get the impression that this world is entirely the creation of Kinsey, the Master of Perverts."

That's a pretty good one paragraph description of "Sexual Sabotage." Throughout the piece Blumenthal engages in personal attacks on Reisman, including a derisive reference to her 1980 doctorate in communication studies. Never in my close reading of "Sexual Sabotage" did I find Reisman passing herself off as a medical doctor or psychologist. Blumenthal made many references to her religion, also derisive, which is striking coming from a man named Blumenthal. Left-wing Jews like Blumenthal don't consider rightist leaning Jews as authentic, often calling them "neocons" or worse.

Since 1948, Dr. Alfred Kinsey has been lauded as a scientific pioneer whose enlightened sexual research freed America's repressed libido. But the so-called freedoms and new morality he "blessed" America with have proven devastating to this country's social and moral fabric, Reisman writes.

A little background is in order: Alfred Charles Kinsey, born June 23, 1894 in Hoboken, NJ, died Aug. 25, 1956 in Bloomington, IN, was an American biologist and professor of entomology and zoology at Indiana University who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at I.U. (it's now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction). He and his colleagues wrote the Kinsey Reports on men and women. Needless to say, in the buttoned up (and button-down) era of the 1940s and 1950s, Kinsey was a controversial figure. His work has profoundly influenced social and cultural values in the United States and many other countries.

In "Sexual Sabotage" Reisman, who has carved out a reputation as the preeminent Kinsey whistleblower, tells the story -- as she sees it -- of how the "K Bomb" was launched from a gothic limestone Indiana University building (probably topped with gargoyles!), its time-released detonation set to silently emit erototoxic radioactivity into our atmosphere - unto the generations.

During World War II and the decades that followed, Reisman writes that Kinsey and his colleagues sabotaged our nation by entering our libraries and schools as "sex educators" - ridiculing marriage, fidelity, and chastity. They preached widespread sexual experimentation, succeeded in nationwide fraud campaigns, and gutted the tough laws that kept pornography and predators at bay.

With little or no pretense as an objective observer -- Reisman is crystal clear about that -- she describes what she calls the treacherous acts of Kinsey and Co. Reisman gives her views as to where our country went wrong, and how we can and must repudiate the soul-and-body-destroying sexual anarchy Kinsey gave us in the name of "liberation." In so doing, she says, we will reclaim the kind of noble moral character for our country - and ourselves - that is truly liberating. As I said, this is not by any means an objective view of Kinsey and the sex research industry. Reisman is "agin" it!

In Sexual Sabotage, Reisman outlines:

  • How, why, and by whom Americans' traditional sexual morality has been violently subverted;
  • "Sexual savior" Alfred Kinsey's true and horrifying plans for American society;
  • How and why the children of the Greatest Generation traded their parents' traditional morality for Kinsey's sexual immorality, believing sexual freedom was their own idea;
  • The deviant fraud campaigns vetted by the Rockefeller Center and, later, Playboy;
  • How billions made by the "Sex Industrial Complex" propelled pornography and the spread of STDs;
  • Shocking statistics on child sexual abuse and abortion;
  • Why a return to pre-'50s American morality is more essential now than ever

Reisman presents what could be called a skewed version of Kinsey, but her book is important to understand the views of those who proudly call themselves the "anti-Kinneys."

Dr. Judith Reisman is a consultant and former president of The Institute for Media Education, and is the scientific advisor for the California Protective Parents Association. A sought-after expert in the field of Media Forensics, Dr. Reisman is also an author and has been a consultant to four U.S. Department of Justice administrations. She earned a Ph.D. in communication studies in 1980 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Among her skills, she lists expertise in media forensics, which she defines as "the scientific analysis of images, pictures, cartoons, illustrations, pornography and text in sexual harassment of women and children in the workplace, schools, and homes.