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Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956)

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Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) - Alfred C. Kinsey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Biography

Dr. Alfred Charles Kinsey (June 23, 1894 August 25, 1956), was a professor of entomology and zoology who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University Bloomington, now called the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. His research on human sexuality profoundly influenced social and cultural values in the United States especially in the 1960s and was an important influence on the sexual revolution. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Kinsey [Aug 2005]

Kinsey and the sexual revolution

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Alfred C. Kinsey published two surveys of modern sexual behavior. In 1948, Alfred C. Kinsey and his co-workers, responding to a request by female students at Indiana University for more information on human sexual behavior, published the book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. They followed this five years later with Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. These books began a revolution in social awareness of, and public attention given to, human sexuality.

It is said that at the time, public morality severely restricted open discussion of sexuality as a human characteristic, and specific sexual practices, especially sexual behaviors that did not lead to procreation. Kinsey's books, which among other things reported findings on the frequency of various sexual practices including homosexuality, caused a furor. Many people felt that the study of sexual behavior would undermine the family structure and damage American society.

These books laid the groundwork for Masters and Johnson's life work. A ground breaking study called Human Sexual Response in 1966 revealed the nature and scope of the sex practices of young Americans.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_revolution [Oct 2004]

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