History of Sex Surveys: Kinsey Report on Male Sexual Behavior Part 7 Conclusions

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

Survey: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE

Conclusions: In every area of his study, Kinsey either found information diametrically opposed to widely held attitudes toward sexual behavior, or he uncovered situations that shouted for further examination. His documentation of the enormous variation in individual sexual activity showed the fallacy of assuming that people could be judged on the basis of any absolute norm of sexual behavior. His charts and figures indicated dramatically the great hypocrisy Americans demonstrate by preaching one kind of behavior and practicing another. Indeed, 1/2 of the male population was found to engage in sexual acts that were criminal offenses.

Public Reaction: Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (820 pp.), popularly known as "The Kinsey Report," was published by a medical publishing house, W. B. Saunders Co., in 1948. Although it cost $6.50, it shot immediately to the top of the best-seller lists--thanks to a deluge of free publicity (unsought by Kinsey) and denunciations. Religious and moral "leaders" pointed out that Kinsey's examinations of men's sex life altogether denied the existence of a moral factor in sexual relations. Kinsey was attacked for regarding man as merely an animal of extremely versatile sexuality, and for undermining morality by making his finds public. Other critics challenged the soundness of his methods, but the National Research Council, after investigating the various charges, found no reason to withhold its financial support from Kinsey's future research.

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male was translated into a dozen languages, and sold 275,000 copies in the U.S. Of the fortune it earned in royalties, Kinsey took not a cent for himself, but turned all profits over to his Institute of Sex Research, founded in 1947, in order to finance the continuation of his work.

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