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Sexual Sabotage: How one mad scientist unleashed a plague of corruption and contagion on America (book review)

By Paul Tuns, Hardcopy Issue Date: September 2010
Online Publication Date: November 30, 2010

Judith Reisman is on a crusade to undo the pernicious work of Alfred Kinsey. In her third book about the mid-20th century American sex researcher, Sexual Sabotage: How One Mad Scientist Unleashed a Plague of Corruption and Contagion on America, follows up on Kinsey: Crime and Consequences (1998) and Kinsey's Attic (2006), Reisman risks repeating herself, yet she must do precisely that. The movers and shakers in American culture wars, from educators to entertainers, have been duped by Kinsey's shoddy and ideologically driven scholarship. However, the focus of her latest offering is less on the specific problems with Kinsey's methodology or his perverted personal sexual biography than the way in which Kinsey's work has permeated modern man's thinking about what is normal and healthy when it comes to sexual activity.

As Reisman notes, and as Kinsey, a Indiana University zoologist, surely knew, the public would "believe numbers even if they are phony" and thus he set out to study and quantify human sexual behaviour. He interviewed convicts, participants in sex seminars, the clients of psychiatrists, and university students. In short, not regular folks, but people who would not be in healthy, stable, normal relationships.

Based on his "findings," Kinsey set out to remake the world, a world without sexual rules. In his twin studies, Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male and Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female, Kinsey purported to show that multiple sexual partners, oral and anal sex, sado-masochism, and even bestiality were normative and that masturbation was practically universal. As for Kinsey's claims about the normalcy of childhood sexual activity--he studied more than two dozen children under the age of one year that his researchers observed being brought to orgasm--Reisman notes that such research required "brutal, sexual experimentation on children" and she quotes another researcher (Sarah Goode) who said that "his work was based on the rape of children." Kinsey's so-called research would not only fail any rigorous standard of scrutiny, but was, to put it mildly, morally questionable.

Still, Kinsey's conclusion that "the only 'abnormal' sex is no sex; that the 'human animal' needs orgasms" and the earlier the better, has been overwhelming accepted as the correct view of human sexual behaviour. In short, man is designed to just do it.

Reisman points out that Kinsey had many willing accomplices to spread his view that sex without limits was normal and that the restrictions that church and state placed on people's sex lives were unnatural and even harmful. From liberationist psychologists to educators to Planned Parenthood, those in a position to push a promiscuous and limitless view of sexual activity did so. Reisman says that a major motivation in pushing this agenda was to destroy the Judeo-Christian heritage of western civilization and that in the United States, the sexual revolution was intimately mixed into the stew of anti-American radicalism.

Reisman sets Kinsey up as a necessary precursor to the radicalism of the '60s, the sexual revolution, and new enterprises like Playboy. Some of this is covered in Reisman's previous books, but she breaks new ground in her extensive rendering of the growth and legitimization of sex education and the emergence of what she calls "the sex industrial complex." It sounds all very ominous, but how can one deny the overlapping and mutually reinforcing work of promiscuous sex education at all levels of schooling, the sex research industry, the failure of psychiatry and psychology to question the emotional impact of sexual promiscuity rampant in society, the growth of sexology as legitimate field of study, and, finally, the lucrative business of pharmaceutical companies in catering to pyschosexual disorders? There is as much mutual benefit to that wide array of interests in the promotion of an anything-goes sexuality as there was to large corporations and the state in the military industrial complex.

Reisman connects the work of left-wing foundations that fund the biased research, professional organizations that accept and legitimize that research, and the emergence of groups such as the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States that spread and employ the false information through the schools. When it comes to selling the big lie about sex--that anything goes--Reisman demonstrates how Antonio Gramsci's march through the institutions is a successful model of social change.

The book is not an easy or pleasant read. The descriptions of sex studies and sex ed lessons in school are lurid, but this book could not be written by dodging the reality of the sex industrial complex through the use of euphemism. Sadly, in our sex-saturated culture, these descriptions are probably not nearly as scandalous as they should be and ironically Reisman can write a book like this only because Kinsey opened the floodgates to an all-too-open discussion of everything sexual. Yet, Reisman must expose the corrupting work of Kinsey and his disciples to precisely explain how he influenced our culture, sabotaging sex and corrupting our youth, by making all sorts of sordid sexual activities normal and expected, lowering man to the level of animals by encouraging him to follow his physical urges.  Ideally, this book should get into the hands of teachers, parents, and others who might fight against the notion that the only abnormal sex is no sex and that everyone should be encouraged to do anything they want.

Paul Tuns is editor of The Interim, Canada's life and family newspaper. Ω

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