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now widely acknowledged to be raudu-lent research:
• 67–98 percent of men had premarital sex.• 69 percent of white males had at least
one experience with a prostitute.
• 50 percent of husbands committed adul
• 50 percent of farm boys had sex with
animals.Regarding the last statistic, Kinsey wrotethat humans engaging in sex with animalsis “biologically and psychologically part othe normal mammalian picture.”Absurd and grotesque as that deni-tion o “normal” is, it gets much worse.Reisman writes that Kinsey was the rstacclaimed scientist to avow that “virginityis unhealthy, promiscuity helps marriages,pornography is constructive, obsessivemasturbation and bestiality are never prob-lematic, bi/homosexual sex acts are normal,and children are . . . appropriate sex part-ners or adults.”Included in the
was a “Heterosexual–homosexual rat
-ing scale,” which purported to illustrate,based on “both psychologic [
] reactionsand overt experience,” the degree to which men werehomosexual or heterosexual. The scale indicated (based onKinsey’s interviews) that 10 percent o the male popula-tion was exclusively homosexual, most men were squarelyin the middle (presumably bisexual), and
were exclu-sively heterosexual.In 1953, Kinsey published
Sexual Behavior in the Hu-man Female
, which contained statistics equally shocking tothose in his
• 50 percent of women had premarital sex.• 26 percent committed adultery by age 40.• 28 percent went through an active homosexual period
lasting more than three years.Together, the books began to erode America’s Judeo-Chris-tian moral underpinnings.Who provided the basis or such implausible statistics?
According to Reisman, from 1941–1945, 68 percent of Kin
-sey’s total sample o males was made up odrat dodgers, violent elons, homosexuals andother aberrants . . . [B]y 1946 Kinsey added “1,400convicted sex oenders in penal institutions,” “twohundred sexual psychopath patients” and well over600 sexually abused boys. In sum, 86% o deviant“subjects” dened the Libido o The Greatest Gen-eration.As or emale research subjects, Kinsey selected—andpaid—prostitutes to represent American womanhood. Healso loosely dened “wie” as someone who had lived“at least a year” with a man. With such interviewees, it’sno wonder that he came up with high rates o premaritalsexual activity and adultery.
Extolled in the Media
Kinsey’s claims being both shocking and titillating, an eagerand willing media was quick to spread the word. The Au-gust 24, 1953 issues o both
magazines ea-tured articles on Kinsey, with
also putting him on thecover. The
article included a graph with this caption:
How One Mad Scientist Unleashed a Plague of Corruption and Contagionon America
by Judith Reisman