Dr. Alfred Kinsey

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Dr. Alfred Kinsey was born during this month of 1894, two years before my beloved grandmother was born.   Having some sense of that era by learning so much from my grandmother, I would like to take a moment to celebrate Dr. Kinsey.
To this day, Dr. Alfred Kinsey remains one of the most important sex researchers in history.  The Kinsey Institute was named after him at the University of Indiana.  Liam Neeson played Kinsey in the movie called Kinsey and it is definitely worth watching.  When I was going to “sex school” I was required to read Kinsey’s two hallmark books that were published in 1948 and 1953 respectively. The first book was about male sexuality and the second book was about female sexuality.  I counted at least 5,000,000 data points that Kinsey and his small team collected during this monumental research in the era before PC’s and programs like Access data base management systems.  It was truly remarkable!  My favorite quote from Kinsey nearly 2,000 pages:

“Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual.  The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats.  Not all things are black, nor are all things white. . . .  [O]nly the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separate pigeonholes.  The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.  The sooner we learn this concerning human sexual behavior the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex.” (Male, p. 639)