KINSEY: MYTHS, FACTS AND REFORM

Autor: ---- Fuente: Focus on the Family

Most 21st century Americans have never heard the name Alfred Kinsey. Nor have many heard of his two books, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), which made Kinsey a household name half a century ago. Hollywood director Bill Condon and Fox-Searchlight Films intend to remedy that public ignorance with their new movie called Kinsey. In the process, they plan to jumpstart the “sexual revolution”1 many of Kinsey’s contemporaries and followers credited him with launching.

The film, starring Liam Neeson, presents Dr. Kinsey as a personally tormented man, but also as a legitimate scientist whose driving concern was to learn all he could about human sexuality for scientific reasons. The real Alfred Kinsey was not an objective scientist, and certainly not an emotionally well man.2

Below are three of the more common myths Kinsey’s “sexual revolution” has given us. Following each of the myths are facts dispelling the fabrications. Finally, this paper concludes with several practical suggestions to help you affect reforms in your local schools’ sex education programs.

Myth #1: Because most young people are sexually active, all adolescents need to learn how to
Kinsey and his followers have for decades promoted the myth that “we are sexual beings from birth,” and that most people are sexually active throughout their life. Kinsey’s “science” was fraudulent,3 but its effects linger. Because of Kinsey’s success in perpetuating the notion that children are “sexual beings,” an entire “safe-sex” industry was developed and has made a fortune selling “safe-sex” lessons and products.4

Fact: Most young people are NOT sexually active—and most of them want to hear more
Every two years the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conduct a Youth Risks Behavior Surveillance (YRBS). Over the last decade, the YRBS has recorded declines in teen sexual activity. In fact, the last several YRBS studies have found that the majority of teens are not sexually active5 (nor were they in Kinsey’s era). In addition, several surveys from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy have found that nearly all teens believe they should be given a strong message to abstain from sex, at least through the high school years.6 Finally, several studies have shown the effectiveness of abstinence education programs in helping young people not only to control their sexual behavior, but also to have better overall life outcomes.7

Myth #2: Ten percent of the population is homosexual.
Don’t believe this lie. This myth took off when advocates began misquoting a book written by Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s called Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Kinsey’s goal was to provide a scientific look at human sexuality on the whole—homosexuality was just one aspect of sexuality that he addressed. It’s very clear from more sophisticated research methods that Alfred Kinsey’s 10 percent figure is bogus.

Fact: Only 1 to 3 percent of the population could be considered exclusively homosexual.
Kinsey, who engaged in homosexual activity himself, never said 10 percent of the population was gay. He actually said: “10 percent of the males are more or less exclusively homosexual for at least three years between the ages of 16 and 55, but that only four percent were exclusively homosexual throughout their lives, after the onset of adolescence.”8 Kinsey’s research methods were also skewed by his choice to include a high percentage of prison inmates and known sex offenders (both of these demographic groups engage in homosexual behavior much more frequently than individuals in the general population).9 More recently, a highly sophisticated study on sexuality in America, known as the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS), found that only 2.8 percent of the men and 1.4 percent of the women said they thought of themselves as homosexual or bisexual.10

Homosexual activist groups now admit that the 10 percent myth is false and that some have exploited the inflated Kinsey figures to try to “create an impression of our numerousness.”11 In reality, the 10 percent figure is simply not true.

Myth #3: Softening sex-crime penalties improved Americans’ lives.
Kinsey purposely skewed his “research” to make it appear that virtually all Americans were violating current sex-crime laws.12 If authorities locked up everyone guilty of a sex crime, the prisons would be overflowing and America’s streets and homes empty, according to Kinsey. The nation must revamp its sex-crime laws, Kinsey claimed.13

Fact: Kinsey’s “science” was fraudulent, and the sex-law changes it inspired have
been devastating.
Kinsey was not an objective scientist.14 He was, in fact, a crusader determined to force society to condone the unorthodox and dangerous sexual behaviors that enslaved him.15 Through the American Bar Association and American Law Institute’s (ALI) Model Penal Code, Kinsey’s “research” has had the following effects:16
• Eliminated or trivialized Common Laws that criminalized male violence toward women and children
• Eliminated or trivialized Common Laws that criminalized abuse of the institution of marriage (such as adultery, prostitution and “wife swapping”)
• Eliminated or trivialized Common Laws, leading to granting child custody to unsafe guardians
• Eliminated or trivialized obscenity laws

What You Can Do to Reform Your School’s Sex Education Programs

Get Involved (Adapted from Focus on the Family’s Focus on Your Child) Child
Parents sometimes get frustrated with schools and teachers who seem to be doing their best to contradict the parents’ messages. It can be tempting to lash out in anger. What about first trying to influence the school’s and the teachers’ decisions by getting involved—by offering to help?

Many parents go into the schools with their own ideas about what it means to get involved. You might be interested only in driving for field trips or in cutting out things for the bulletin board. These activities may or may not be what the teacher needs.

1940 Before Kinsey's Books Were Published 1990 A Generation After Kinsey's Books Instead ask, “What is your greatest need this year? How can I best serve you and my child at the same time?”

Be prepared — the teacher might be speechless! (After all, a recent U.S. Department of Education Schools and Staffing Survey revealed that 79 percent of teachers still report a lack of parent involvement in schools.)

The key is to build and nurture a relationship with your child’s teacher. That relationship then opens doors and gives you access to information about the school or your child’s performance you may not normally have. Being involved means more than joining the PTA.

Be Aware
It’s important for parents to monitor all the lessons their kids are learning in school, but when it comes to sex education, your attention is crucial. You want your kids to abstain from sexual involvement until marriage for many reasons.17 Kids who wait until marriage are more likely to have a stable and lasting marriage. And people who abstain from premarital sex and remain faithful in marriage have virtually no chance of catching a sexually transmitted disease.

What to Watch for in Sex Education Curricula
Not all programs or curricula that use the word abstinence truly are abstinence programs. Many “comprehensive” sex-ed programs acknowledge abstinence as one option, while focusing on contraception (negotiating their use and specific how-to lessons). So-called “abstinence-plus” programs teach kids about abstinence plus contraceptive use. That’s confusing to kids. We don’t tell kids to abstain from drug use and then tell them how to use drugs “safely.” True abstinence programs follow eight specific guidelines (See “Mandated Guidelines…” below). If the sex-ed program your child’s school offers does not meet all eight guidelines, it’s time for you to get involved.

Who to See and What to Say
First, find out about the school’s opt-in or opt-out policy. A few schools require that only children whose parents give written permission are allowed to take the course (opt-in). Most schools have an opt-out policy (parents must sign a waiver to keep their kids out of the class).
If your child’s school has neither an opt-in nor opt-out policy and insists all children attend a program you find objectionable, here are some suggestions:
• Find out at what level the decisions are made: Some schools allow the individual teachers to choose their sexed curricula, so start with the teacher. At many schools the principal or a team led by the principal choose the curricula—including for sex-ed. In other cases, school boards make the decisions. In any case, you’ll need to discuss your concerns with the decision-makers.
• Be prepared with facts: Decision-makers are not likely to be swayed by opinions or emotion. You will need to demonstrate to them why abstinence-until-marriage programs are the best choice. (A list of suggested resources is attached.)
• Find allies: One person can make a difference, but many people can make a difference faster. If you’re already involved in your child’s school, you probably already know other parents who share your concerns. If you are not already involved, it isn’t too late; you can still find allies.
• Have a good alternative: It isn’t enough to tell the school’s decision-makers what’s wrong with the sex-ed program they chose; you need to present a better alternative. (You can order a list of solid abstinence-untilmarriage programs at the Abstinence Clearinghouse Web site: “Directory of Abstinence Resources,” http:// www.abstinence.net/store/00001.html)
• Be persistent: You will be struggling to overcome a generation of indoctrination that has convinced many public-school educators that “kids are sexual beings from birth” and are incapable of abstaining from sexual activity.

For more information on abstinence programs, go to our Website:
www.family.org/cforum/fosi/abstinence
Endnotes:
1 “‘It does feel like it’s time to remind people of Kinsey’s ideas, which I think are liberating,’ Condon said.” - Art Moore, “Kinsey film director ‘upset’ by campaign,” WorldNetDaily, February 17, 2003, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31055 31055,
2 “Skillfully, he [Kinsey] tied a strong, tight knot around his scrotum with one end of the rope dangling from the pipe overhead. The other end he wrapped around his hand. Then he climbed up on a chair and jumped off, suspending himself in midair.” - James H. Jones, Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life, (W.W. Norton & Company, 1997), p. 739
3 For example, Kinsey included in his male sample large numbers of convicted criminals – as much as 25 percent of the group – and portrayed them as average American men. “In fact, he had devoted much of his time to interviewing members of the underclass, including drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, pimps, gamblers and the like.” – Jones, p. 429
4 “Planned Parenthood Clinic Income, Government Grants and Contracts, Donations, Total Income, and Profit 1987 - FY 2003,” STOPP Web site, http://www.all.org/stopp/04tfin.htm and Advocates
for Youth Annual Report, 2001 – 2002, AFY Web site, http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/about/annualreport.pdf
5 “Trends in the Prevalence of Sexual Behaviors, YRBS, 1991 – 2003,” http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/pdfs/trends-sex.pdf
6 “General Facts and Stats,” The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy Web site, Feb. 2004, http://www.teenpregnancy.org/resources/data/genlfact.asp
7 Robert Rector, “Teens Who Make Virginity Pledges Have Substantially Improved Life Outcomes,” The Heritage Foundation, September 21, 2004, http://www.heritage.org/Research/Family/wm570.cfm
8 Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, W.B. (Philadelphia and London: Saunders Company, 1948), pp. 650-651
9 “In fact, he [Kinsey] had devoted much of his time to interviewing members of the underclass, including drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, pimps, gamblers and the like.” – Jones, p. 429
“At the Indiana State [prison] Farm we had no plan of sampling—we simply sought out sex offenders and, after a time, avoided the more common types of offense (e.g. statutory rape) and directed our efforts toward the rarer types.” – Gebhard, et al, Sex Offenders (New York: Bantam Books, 1965), pp. 31 – 33
10 Sex in America: A Definitive Survey, Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata, (Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1994), p. 176
11 Friend of the Court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas, known as the Texas sodomy case. Footnote 42 on page 16 of this legal brief. See Laumann, et al. The Social Organization of Sex: Sexual Practices in the United States, 1994, or “Some Uses and Abuses of the Kinsey Scale,” Bruce Voeller, Homosexuality, Heterosexuality: Concepts of Sexual Orientation, The Kinsey Institute Series, June Machover Reinisch, ed., Oxford University Press, 1990, p. 35. “The Homosexual Numbers,” March 22, 1993, p. 37
12 See endnote 9
13 Judith Reisman, Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences (Crestwood, Kentucky: Institute for Media Education, 2000), pp. 212 - 214
14 “Within a few years, Kinsey would avoid making any comments that betrayed his desire to influence social policy. His restraint was self-imposed, as he gradually came to realize that his ability to shape thinking, mores and the law rested entirely on his image.” – Jones, Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life, p. 374
15 “In Kinsey they thought they had found a metric-minded, Baconian scientist. They saw him as an instrument, a collecting machine…. Instead, they had been co-opted by a genuine revolutionary….” – Jones, p. 464
16 Reisman, Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences, pp. 204-205
17 See, “Teens Who Make Virginity Pledges Have Substantially Improved Life Outcomes,” http://www.heritage.
org/Research/Family/wm570.cfm cfm, “The Positive Effects of Marriage: A Book of Charts,” http://www.heritage.
org/research/features/marriage/index.cfm and “Sexually Active Teenagers Are More Likely to Be Depressed and to Attempt Suicide,” http://www.heritage.org/Research/Family/cda0304.cfm all at The Heritage Foundation Web site http://www.heritage.org org/
http://www.family.org/cforum/pdfs/kinseyfactsheet.pdf
 
 
 
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