History of Sex Surveys: Kinsey Report on Female Sexual Behavior Part 1

About the famous Kinsey Report, a survey done by Dr. Alfred Kinsey on all aspects of female sex, sexual history, marriage and more, early life and premarital.

Survey: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN FEMALE

Researchers: Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, and Paul H. Gebhard.

Topics Studied: Same categories as in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male with an additional section comparing male and female sexual behavior.

When Done: Research began in 1938; findings were published in 1953.

How and Where Done: Techniques paralleled those used in researching the preceding work.

Subjects Studied: White females--5,940 volunteers. The sampling was comparable to that of the men, but a higher percentage of the women were urban, and their educational level was higher; 75% had attended college. Non-white respondents were excluded from the data in both reports because Kinsey did not trust the size or typicalness of the sample.

Findings:

Preadolescent Sexual Development

Forty-eight percent of the women reported having engaged in preadolescent sex play, primarily homosexual. One out of 4 women recalled sexual contacts before adolescence with strangers, friends, or relatives. Very little physical harm was reported from these contacts, many of which involved affection. Eighty percent of the women reported that they had been emotionally upset, but only a small portion seriously disturbed. "The current hysteria over sex offenders," said Kinsey, "may very well have serious effects on the ability of many of these children to work out sexual adjustments later in their marriages."

Premarital Intercourse

Two-thirds of the married women had experienced sexual orgasm prior to marriage, 17% of these through intercourse. Women who had not had any premarital orgasm by any means whatever tended to have less satisfactory sex lives after marriage.

Kinsey demonstrated that the human female is possessed of the capacity for sexual arousal from infancy until late in life, the beginning and end of menstruation being merely conspicuous points in a long life of sexuality. In effecting orgasm, the female engages in all the activities in which the male engages, the most frequent being masturbation, coitus, and homosexuality. Of these 3 the most effective are masturbation and homosexuality; however, the most common outlet is coitus.

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