The Kinsey Whitewash

I try not to upload long posts, because I find I normally don’t read long posts on other blogs. (Nothing personal, just a time management thing.) I make an exception here because this is worth the space.

It’s very disappointing that one of my favorite actors, Liam Neeson, chose to take the lead role in the new movie Kinsey. The film portrays Kinsey as a courageous pioneer who broke new ground with his research into human sexuality.

The facts–not hysterical accusations from repressed religious fanatics, but cold, hard facts–reveal a sexual predator who succeeded in hiding his deviant behavior behind a veneer of academic respectability.

Alfred Kinsey purported to show that aberrant sexual behaviors such as homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality and incest were much more common than had been previously thought. In fact, Kinsey stated that 95% of the American male population regularly engaged in deviant sexual behavior, and that the only difference between the average man and a sex offender is that the latter got caught. He also said that sexual promiscuity was normal, children are sexual from birth and that rape is one of the most “forgettable” crimes against women.

In the sexually conservative America of the 1950s, these revelations were bombshells.

The problem is that none of it was true.

Kinsey’s primary method of data collection was to administer surveys — consisting of about 350 very personal questions — about sexual behavior to as many willing participants as possible. After collecting the sexual histories of thousands of individuals, Kinsey painted a portrait of a carnal nation, a portrait that he said was based on an accurate cross-section of America. But as the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow (a friend of Kinsey’s) pointed out, most people will not fill out a voluminous survey composed of intensely personal questions. Consequently, an inordinate percentage of such respondents will be people of easy virtue who engage in aberrant sexual behavior. This is an outcome-skewing factor that was even more significant fifty-five years ago, when people were much more reluctant to discuss these matters than they are today. What this means is that it was difficult to develop a clear picture of the average person’s sexual behavior through such research, even when you tried.

But Kinsey didn’t try.

Maslow offered to help him adjust for the aforementioned factor, but when Kinsey discovered that doing so would not yield the results he wanted, he refused and terminated his friendship with Maslow.

It gets even worse, though. While Kinsey made no effort to correct for incidentally skewed data, he purposely skewed data and made every effort to make it appear correct. Amazingly, outrageously, unbelievably, fourteen-hundred of Kinsey’s male subjects were prison inmates and sexual offenders who he classified as normal. Why? Kinsey’s rationalization was that the only difference between these reprobates and average men was that the former got caught. But this is what you could call a circular justification. He used an anomalous sample, extrapolated its characteristics to the population at large, and then labeled the sample as normal because it was reflective of the sample-based conception of the population at large.

Kinsey repeated this scientific fraud when he studied women, once again drawing conclusions from a sample of unrepresentative females, such as prostitutes. It’s no wonder then, that Kinsey steadfastly refused to publish the data upon which his conclusions rested or reveal the questionnaire he used to compile that data. It’s also not surprising that highly-esteemed contemporaries in the scientific community viewed Kinsey’s work as invalid. One example would be the British Medical Journal, the Lancet, which wrote that Kinsey “questioned an unrepresentative proportion of prison inmates and sex offenders in a survey of normal sexual behavior.” The fact is that Kinsey’s methods were so shoddy, they prompted the 1999 Intercollegiate Review to rank Kinsey’s book as the “third worst book of the century.”

As shameful as the scientific fraud is, it pales in comparison to Kinsey’s blatantly immoral and criminal behavior with respect to children. Kinsey conducted research that supposedly demonstrated that young boys — as young as two months of age — could experience multiple orgasms. He claimed that the maximum number observed in a twenty-four hour period was 26 climaxes . . . in a thirteen-year-old and a four-year-old. Now, to again quote the Intercollegiate Review, “So mesmerized were Americans by the authority of science, with a capital S, that it took forty years for anyone to wonder how data is collected on the sexual responses of children as young as five.” (Emphasis added)

There’s only one answer: Pedophilia.

Boycott Kinsey. For more, see Dr. Judith Reisman’s website.

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