History of Sex Surveys: Kinsey Report on Male Sexual Behavior Part 2

About the famous Kinsey Report, a survey done by Dr. Alfred Kinsey on all aspects of male sexual behavior, sex, sexual history, marriage and more, methodology of the study..

Survey: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE

When Done: Research began in 1938; findings were published in 1948.

How Done: Individual, confidential interviews lasting from 1 to 6 hours, covering from 300 to 500 questions. Records were preserved on IBM cards which were guarded "like the gold at Fort Knox." These were coded and the interpretation was never written down; Kinsey and his 3 associates spent a year memorizing the code, and were the only people alive who knew it. Even a professional cryptographer was unable to break this code.

The conduct of the interviews was in itself revolutionary, requiring unprecedented frankness. Kinsey, who had never smoked or drunk, deliberately took up both habits in moderation because he thought it would improve his rapport with his subjects. A physician colleague described his interviewing technique as "skillful beyond the imagination of those who have not experienced it. . . The subject is aware from the 1st that he is being dispassionately studied by a sincere but shrewd and extremely well-in-formed scientific man-well-informed in the ways of the world and of the underworld as well."

"A good interviewer," said Kinsey, "becomes very sensitive to the reactions of his subjects, immediately drops any line of inquiry which causes embarrassment, and stays with simpler matters until the subject is ready to talk in more detail."

Previous studies had used euphemisms such as "touching yourself" for masturbation, "securing a thrill from touching yourself" for orgasm achieved through masturbation, and "relations with other persons" or even "sex delinquency" for sexual intercourse. Kinsey believed that such evasive terms invited evasive answers. His questions were frank and direct, and even phrased in accordance with the vocabulary of the individual subject.

Subjects Studied: Kinsey interviewed 5,300 white males, classified as to cultural group, marital status, age (5 to 90), age at reaching puberty, educational level, occupation (from "underworld" and "day laborer" through "extremely wealthy, living primarily on income"), occupation of parent, rural-urban background, religion, georgraphic origin. Subjects came from every State in the U.S., but were most concentrated in the northeast. Sexual histories of nonwhites were obtained, but omitted from the study because Kinsey felt the sample was insufficient.

Kinsey realized that if subjects were selected at random, many would be reluctant to answer questions on such a delicate topic; so he interviewed only volunteers, sometimes persuading 100% of the membership of a club, association, fraternity, or other group to cooperate.

Where Done: Kinsey and his associates spent time with their subjects in their homes and accompanied many of them to the homes of their friends, to theaters and concerts, to nightclubs and bars and other places of recreation. Many subjects supplemented their interviews with correspondence, sexual calendars, and diaries covering periods ranging from 6 months to more than 35 years.

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