KINSEY: THE MAN (AND THE AGENDA) BEHIND THE MOVIE

Autor: Bob Kellogg,Jerry Gramckow Fuente: Focus on the Family

Note: This article examines the life of sex “researcher” Alfred C. Kinsey and the soon-to-be-released movie about his life. It includes frank language that some readers may find offensive.

Last year, veteran screenwriter Menno Meyjes made his directorial debut with "Max", a controversial film that painted a sympathetic picture of Adolf Hitler’s life as a struggling, young artist. Hollywood Director Bill Condon’s soon-to-be-released "Kinsey" movie aims to do for Kinsey . . . what Meyjes tried to do for the Fuhrer and his Third Reich.

Is it excessive to compare an American sex "researcher” with the Nazi fiend responsible for the World War II deaths of millions? Consider the following:

* Before Alfred C. Kinsey’s books (Sexual Behavior in the Human Male [1948] and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female [1953]) inspired the “sexual revolution,” just two sexually transmitted diseases—syphilis and gonorrhea, both easily treated—were relatively common in the United States. Now public health physicians regularly treat patients for a range of STDs that numbers more than two dozen (some of them potentially deadly). Now, nearly one in four Americans has an incurable STD.
* Before Kinsey’s “sexual revolution” no one had even heard of AIDS. Between 1981 (during the midst of the “sexual revolution,” when AIDS was discovered) and 2003, AIDS killed 20 million people.
* Before Kinsey’s “revolution,” among girls who had their 16th birthday in 1950-1952, 6.6 percent reported being sexually experienced. Now, about half of all high-school-age young people (male and female) report being sexually experienced.
* In 1960, as Kinsey’s “sexual revolution” was just beginning, the birthrate for unmarried women was 21.6 per 1,000. By 1990, the birthrate for unmarried women was 43.8 per 1,000 (and that does not account for abortion deaths, a procedure which, of course, was illegal and very uncommon before Kinsey’s “revolution”).

Kinsey biographer James H. Jones wrote that Kinsey was plagued by “inner demons.” Even as a child, Kinsey’s masturbation compulsion spiraled down into masochism: He found sexual satisfaction in pain. Through the years his compulsions drove him into ever-deeper descents, finding pleasure in actions too extreme to be described here.

As Kinsey sought justification for his escalating masochism—and his growing attraction to other men—his fondness for science seemed to hold promise. Science could “prove” that his desires and behaviors were normal. Before long he recognized, as Jones wrote, “To be effective, he [Kinsey] had to cast himself in the role of the detached scientist, a seeker of truth who merely reported verifiable facts.”

Kinsey critics, on the other hand, have rightly called Kinsey’s research pseudo-science. Here are a few of Kinsey’s “findings”:

* All orgasms are “outlets” and are equally valid—whether between husband and wife, boy and dog, man and man or adult and child—for in sexual expression, normal is individually determined.
* The more “outlets,” the healthier the person—and beginning as early as possible is better than waiting.
* Human beings are naturally bisexual. Religious bigotry and prejudice force people into chastity, heterosexuality and monogamy.
* Ten to 37 percent of the population has homosexual tendencies.
* There is no medical or other reason for adult-child sex or incest to be forbidden.
* All forms of sodomy are natural and healthy.

As objectionable as those notions are, they would require our consideration nonetheless—if they were valid. But they’re not valid. Kinsey’s “science” was based on thousands of surveys, more than most researchers of his time bothered to gather. But for accurate findings, surveys must study, as closely as possible, the group they actually intend to represent—and within that stricture, they also must be random. Kinsey claimed his studies represented the entire country. In fact, he and his associates purposely selected their interview subjects (from prisons and inner-city locations known to have large homosexual populations, for example) in order to get predetermined results.

Even worse than Kinsey’s contrived science was the unspeakable harm children endured as Kinsey’s associates gathered the data for Kinsey’s books. John Gagnon, a close Kinsey research associate, said others might describe as sex crimes the research Kinsey used for his books. A chart in Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male reveals that children as young as five months were masturbated by pedophiles in order to measure the time it took them to reach “orgasm.” Without benefit of any previous science, Kinsey believed children were sexual from birth. The table reveals that one 4-year-old boy was masturbated to “orgasm” 26 times in 24 hours.

How did Kinsey and company know these children were experiencing “orgasms”? Biographer James H. Jones reveals the answer in describing Kinsey’s interpretation of children’s reactions:

In one category he [Kinsey] noted, “the legs often become rigid, with muscles knotted and toes pointed…eyes staring or tightly closed, hands grasping, mouth distorted, sometimes with tongue protruding….” Other individuals had orgasms “culminating in extreme trembling, collapse, loss of color, and sometimes fainting….” Some little boys suffered “excruciating pain and may scream if movement is continued….” Members of this latter group, he [Kinsey] noted, “will fight away from the partner and may make violent attempts to avoid climax….”

In her book Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences, Judith Reisman states that pediatricians and health professionals “confirm what most mothers and fathers know quite well; children, especially young children, would not voluntarily submit to these abuses.”

Although Kinsey and his associates claimed—as the Kinsey Institute still does—that all the data on child “orgasms”—thousands of “studies”—came from one pedophile, such a claim seems far-fetched. If the claim is true, first it calls into question the accuracy of all Kinsey’s data if all such “records” came from just one pedophile source. Second, and more damning, it calls into question the morality of Kinsey and his team for failing to turn the pedophile monster over to legal authorities.

In Parts II through IV, we'll see how Kinsey's legacy of lechery has influenced and continues to adversely affect the lives of school children and teens. Click here for Part II.

Were you one of “Kinsey’s kids”? Fifty-plus years ago, scores of boys and girls were sexually molested to obtain data for Kinsey’s infamous research. Those “research” subjects alive today would be in their 60s and 70s. If you—or someone you know—were one of Kinsey’s young victims, Focus on the Family would like to hear from you, especially if you have evidence to support your story. Please e-mail citizeneditor@family.org with a brief description of your experience, along with contact information. Any information we receive will be handled with the utmost discretion.

* 1 James H. Jones, Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life, (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1997), p. 329
* 2 “Fighting the Kinsey Fraud,” an interview with Dr. Judith Reisman, The New American, May 24, 1999, Vol. 15, no. 11, http://www.thenewamerican.com/tna/1999/05-24-99/vo15no11_kinsey.htm
* 3 “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 Paul Gebhard was one of Kinsey’s closest associates.
* 4 Even if, as Kinsey defenders claim, all the child-sex data came from one pedophile (Mr. X), records reveal ongoing communication between Kinsey and Mr. X, so Mr. X qualifies as a Kinsey associate.
* 5 “A less neutral observer than Kinsey would have described these events as sex crimes, since they involved sexual contact between adults and children.” – John Gagnon, Human Sexualities, (Glenview, Illinois: Scott Foresman & Co, 1977), p. 84.
* 6 Kinsey et al, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders), 1948, p. 180 7(Jones, p. 511) 8Ibid. p.152
* 9 Hefner biographer James R. Peterson wrote, “Kinsey’s hope of inciting a sexual revolution remained unfulfilled. That task would fall to someone else…Hugh Hefner.” – James R. Peterson, A Century of Sex (Berkeley, CA: Publisher’s Group West, 1999)
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