Alfred Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. He is best known for writing Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female (1953), also known as the Kinsey Reports, as well as the Kinsey scale. Kinsey's research on human sexuality, foundational to the field of sexology, provoked controversy in the 1940s and 1950s. His work has influenced social and cultural values in the United States, as well as internationally.
Shortly after earning his doctorate at Harvard, Kinsey accepted a job as a professor in the zoology department at Indiana University in Bloomington. A specialist in botany and insects, through his research, Kinsey established himself as the No. 1 authority on the gall wasp. From 1926 to 1929, he took field trips all over the country with his students, collecting tens of thousands of gall wasp specimens along the way. He focused intently on categorizing and numbering his specimens, but longed to take his scientific investigation a step further. Turning his focus to questions of evolution and natural selection, in 1930—a year after he was promoted to full professor—Kinsey published his findings in a paper called The Gall Wasp Genus Cynips: A Study in the Origin of the Species.
In 1935, Kinsey delivered a lecture to a faculty discussion group at Indiana University, his first public discussion of the topic, wherein he attacked the "widespread ignorance of sexual structure and physiology" and promoted his view that "delayed marriage" (that is, delayed sexual experience) was psychologically harmful. Kinsey obtained research funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, which enabled him to further study human sexual behaviour.
There is no one who has had more influence on the way the world understands and approaches sex than Alfred Kinsey. The roots of secular sexuality began with this ground-breaking researcher, who is considered to be a “pioneer” and one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century.
Kinsey completely revolutionized the way the world viewed sexuality, with his scientific study of sex in the 1940s. He propagated a radical, scandalous view of sex never before seen on a widespread scale in culture – one in which sex was viewed as being completely physiological, disconnected from emotional or spiritual aspects. Kinsey’s fundamental premise was that any and all forms of expression of sexuality (including homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism, paedophilia, incest, sadomasochism, and bestiality) were natural – and even necessary – for people to have full lives as human beings. This idea, accompanied by what Kinsey purported to be scientific evidence, rocked the world.
Kinsey’s embrace of aberrant sexuality was not only professional; in a private life to which few were privy, he regularly engaged in radical, variant sex acts, including homosexual orgies with his staff, making and participating in sex films, and sexual masochism.
|Kinsey and his staff|
Devastatingly, due to a number of factors, Kinsey’s research was largely unquestioned until approximately 40 years after his work. Investigation into Kinsey’s data and methods has revealed that much of his work was not only scientifically unreliable, but a personally-driven effort to normalize deviant sexual behaviour. Even worse (and incredibly), much of his work was based on data provided by paedophiles who actively sexually abused children in the most heinous of ways. In spite of these facts, Kinsey’s “truths” about sexuality, and his subsequent success in impacting public policy and sexual education in academia, have rooted his secular sexual beliefs into the fabric of American (and worldwide) cultural life.
During college, Kinsey became an atheist, after seeing incongruities between science and religion, and from experiencing guilt related to his own aberrant sexual desires – desires for persons of the same sex, and for pain in order to obtain sexual pleasure, as well as exhibitionism and voyeurism. Kinsey married the only woman he is known to have dated, in 1921, at age 26. Clara McMillan Kinsey, whom he called “Mac”, supported Kinsey’s research wholeheartedly, even to the point of later engaging in sex, at Kinsey’s encouragement, with Kinsey’s colleagues. However, at the beginning of their marriage, Kinsey and Mac had some significant problems in their sexual relationship, which helped spur Kinsey to begin educating himself about sex. As they became less inhibited and more educated about sexuality, the Kinseys came to be seen as local “authorities in the field of sex education”, which would pave the way for him to begin researching sexuality later on. Although in his public life he was appeared to be a respectable, married professor with children, Kinsey struggled with culturally condemned sexual proclivities that shaped his outlook, as well as his personal and professional life.
Kinsey’s research was descriptive in nature – he sought to find out what kind of sex people were having. His main method was through taking people’s sex histories, and he and his team were prolific in gathering samples – securing the sex histories of thousands of people. Kinsey perfected a ground-breaking interviewing technique, which involved asking his interviewees detailed questions about their sex lives, moving from innocuous questions to significant ones. Kinsey’s baseline unit of sex measurement was orgasm; sexual behaviour only counted as relevant for Kinsey if it led to orgasm. This was in keeping with Kinsey’s humans-as-animals view of the world, and his emphasis on stimulus/response.
Kinsey also developed a highly secretive interviewing instrument, known only to his closest co-researchers. Kinsey researchers used a memorized code by which they recorded the interviewee’s responses on a single sheet, in order to assure absolute anonymity, so that no one who might have gotten a hold of the response sheet would have understood what they were seeing. His interviewing approach was to be completely non-judgemental, regardless of what participants told him, and to assume that everyone had engaged in every possible type of sexual behaviour imaginable. In other words, he would not ask “Have you ever?” but “When did you first…?”
In spite of the fact that Kinsey’s work was recognized as scientific truth, it suffered from detrimental problems. Some of the most egregious errors were in sampling (how the research’s subjects were chosen). The persons from whom Kinsey obtained his data were not representative of the general population – including a high percentage of prisoners and sex offenders – although Kinsey generalized his findings to the general population as if they were. 86% of Kinsey’s sample was based on aberrant males, a fact conceded by one of Kinsey’s co-authors and researchers, Paul Gebhard, in 1990. Kinsey also covered up limitations and selectivity in his sampling, omitted information about his subjects, and specifically recruited sexually promiscuous and sexually aberrant subjects (such as sexual offenders and prostitutes) from places such as bars, psychiatric clinics, and prisons, whose sexual behaviour would demonstrate the agenda he was trying to push – as opposed to choosing subjects randomly from all walks of life that would have truly represented the general population.
Kinsey’s research was not only scientifically fraudulent, it was morally reprehensible. Kinsey took sexual histories from children, as well, in sessions where the researchers would join in games with young children, “romp”, and “tussle” with them – while asking them questions about their sex play. However, it was difficult to get “good” information from simply children’s responses about their so-called sex lives, so Kinsey turned to more direct sources for his data on children – paedophiles. A good portion of Kinsey’s research was based on information gained from the sexual abuse of children, and from experiments in which “trained observers” repeatedly stimulated children as young as 2 months in an attempt to induce orgasm, and then timed with a stopwatch, in order to study pre-adolescent sexual response. Kinsey, then, without any means of verification of the information, simply reproduced sections of the paedophiles’ data from this abuse as scientific “proof” that children were sexual from birth.
The following are extracts from 'Sexual behaviour in the Human Male' (1948) Chapter 5 - Early sexual growth and activity. (Click images to enlarge)
Kinsey’s research was widely accepted as scientific truth until approximately 40 years later, when Dr. Judith Reisman presented a paper challenging Kinsey’s research at the Fifth World Congress of Sexology in 1981. The paper questioned how Kinsey obtained his data on childhood sexuality, and called for an investigation of Kinsey’s work. Subsequent examination by Reisman and others has revealed Kinsey’s work to be devastatingly biased, scientifically untenable, and reliant upon the sexual abuse of children.
In 1991, the British Medical journal Lancet published support of Reisman’s findings, confirming Kinsey’s “unrepresentative” population, concluding that “Kinsey…has left his former co-workers some explaining to do”.
Although Kinsey asserts in Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male that “nine” men were involved in the experiments with children, it is now known that Kinsey’s main source of information about child sexuality (although unknown by the public at the time his work was published) came from a paedophile by the name of Rex King.
|Rex King (Mr.Green)|
King masturbated 317 infants and children from 2 months-15 years old, recording which ones achieved what he interpreted as orgasms. Kinsey published this data as Table 31 in Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male. In Table 32, Kinsey reproduced King’s data on the time it took for each child to reach “orgasm”. The table also indicated that a 4-year-old boy had been masturbated over a 24-hour period of time, with a stopwatch used to record the number of “climaxes”. And the descriptions of some of these so-called orgasms included “extreme tension”, “violent convulsion”, “groaning”, “sobbing”, “extreme trembling”, “fainting”, “pained or frightened”, and ”violent cries, sometimes with an abundance of tears, especially among younger children” – obvious signs of children being traumatized from horrific, repeated sexual abuse.
It is the data obtained from this and similar childhood sex abuse that became the foundation for the idea, now widely propagated as truth within the principles of secular sexuality, that children are sexual beings from birth.
King was not the only paedophile with whom Kinsey worked closely. During this period, Kinsey also corresponded with and collected data from one of the most notorious paedophiles of the time – Dr. Fritz von Balluseck of Germany.
This former Nazi party official had commanded a ghetto during the war, and had sexually abused hundreds of pre-adolescent boys and girls – forcing them to choose between sex or the gas chamber – in addition to his own children, for over three decades. Von Balluseck, like Rex King, kept explicitly detailed diaries of his sexual abuse, which he sent to Kinsey. Balluseck was implicated in the sex murder of a young girl in 1957. When Interpol found Balluseck’s correspondence with Kinsey, they sought Kinsey’s help, but Kinsey refused to release any of Balluseck’s journals or information.
Paul Gebhard wrote, of this fact: “An example of criminality is our refusal to cooperate with authorities in apprehending a paedophile we had interviewed who was being sought for a [child] sex murder”. At von Balluseck’s trial, the judge criticized Kinsey for failing to report him. Furthermore, testimony from von Balluseck during the trial indicated that Kinsey requested the sex abuse data from the paedophile. The judge asked von Balluseck, “I had the impression that you got to the children in order to impress Kinsey, and to deliver him material. And von Balluseck replied, “Kinsey himself asked me for that”. It is highly likely that some of Kinsey’s “data” on childhood sexuality may have come from the abuse of children in the Nazi death camps.
Not only did Kinsey refuse to give evidence of Von Balluseck’s abuse during the trial; he and his team never reported the paedophiles crimes to the police, and eagerly accepted Balluseck’s diaries of his abuse. Balluseck was protected by the Nazis, as well as Kinsey, all of whom knew of his atrocities. The paedophile sent detailed diaries to Kinsey of such crimes as sexually abusing children as young as 7, molesting his own niece with “hardly any serious resistance”, forcing his own 14-year-old daughter to perform sex acts with a 16-year-old boy, molesting a 10-year-old boy (who later, upon getting arrested for offered his services to other men, explained that Balluseck had taught him everything he knew), and requiring an 11-year-old boy to keep an explicit record of the vile sex acts Balluseck made him perform. Kinsey not only thanked Balluseck for his information, but warned him, in one letter, to “Sehen Sie sich vor”, or “Be careful”. Balluseck , in his trial, named Kinsey’s work as the role model for his perverse behaviour.
Kinsey team researcher Paul Gebhard has admitted, in an audio taped interview, that the team (including Kinsey) did, in fact, participate in the experiments. Even Kinsey himself writes, in the Male volume, “Complying with the statistically fair demand for records from trained observers…we have now reported observations on such specifically sexual activities as erection, pelvic thrusts, and several other characteristics of true orgasm in a list of 317 boys ranging between infants of five months and adolescence in age”.
|Alfred Kinsey and Paul Gebhard|
The fact that Kinsey actively encouraged paedophiles to abuse children and send their “data” to him is supported by the testimony of victim Esther White. White’s grandfather attended Indiana University with Kinsey, and both her grandfather and father sexually abused her. White gave testimony that her father would sexually abuse her, while using a stopwatch to time her climaxes.
He then mailed in questionnaires to the Kinsey Institute about the abuse. She believes that information from her abuse was used in Kinsey’s Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female book, but she cannot corroborate this with certainty because the Kinsey Institute refuses to release any of Kinsey’s research data.
Kinsey’s work with sexuality mirrored his own sexual predilections and obsessions. Kinsey Biographer James H. Jones, author of Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life, writes that Kinsey “was a man with secrets, a man who…lived with secrets about his own sexuality, and he had spent his life deeply conflicted.” Specifically, he struggled with homosexuality, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and sexual masochism at a time when such sexual behaviours were beyond the pale. Kinsey’s taste for alternative forms of sexuality became the driving force in his life, and science gave him a legitimate outlet through which he could indulge his aberrant passions. He began leading a double life in which to the outside world he was a respectable married academic with children, yet in his private life he began engaging in a wide range of radical, alternative sex. As Jones puts it, “He had sexual needs and desires that could not be met within the confines of middle class morality. That made him, of necessity, cultivate two parallel existences: the one the world saw; the one that was private, sovereign, and known only to himself.”
Kinsey also commissioned a series of explicit sex videos that included his staff, their spouses, outside volunteers, and even his own wife – a project known only to his inner circle, and a closely guarded secret. Clarence Tripp, one of Kinsey’s closest friends and researchers, served as his photographer and helped make Kinsey’s movies. Tripp, who regularly masturbated dogs as a young boy, also starred in some of the films. Filming of these videos was conducted at the Institute (in Indiana University) and, later, in the attic of Kinsey’s house. Kinsey explained to university authorities that he was filming “animal behaviour”, but, according to colleague Wardell Pomeroy, “He did not add that he included humans in this category”. The movies included all different types of sexual activity including homosexual sex, masturbation and sadomasochism. Kinsey even paid the fares for two homosexual sadomasochists (Samuel M. Steward and Mike Miksche) to come to the Institute so that he could film their brutality, which included burning private parts with a cigarette and hot wax.
Kinsey’s co-author Gebhard confirmed in 1981 that Kinsey and his staff collected films of children engaged in sex acts, as well. He explained, “Since sexual experimentation with human infants and children is illegal, we have had to depend upon other sources of data…. Some of these sources have added to their written or verbal reports photographs and, in a few instances, cinema…. The techniques involved [included] adult-child contacts—chiefly manual or oral.” It is unknown whether or not the team created sex films involving children, since the Kinsey Institute refuses to allow anyone access to their storehouse of data.
Kinsey had some awareness of the kind of effect involvement in this kind of sex “research” would have on his staff: Tripp explained that Kinsey told him that “I want to warn you of something. As soon as we get you to photographing sex every day…pretty soon nothing will turn you on…nothing…visual will turn you on. Because you will lose all those sensitivities.” Although it is ironic this statement was made by the man whose life work was based on the assumption that all sexual expression was good for people (and the more the better), Kinsey experienced the reality of this pronouncement in his own life.
Over time, as Kinsey got more involved in the world of sex, he became more self-destructive in the endeavour to elicit sexual response. Jones explained, “Something inside him would not let him satisfy his sexual urges without first paying a price in physical and emotional pain.” Pain and pleasure became synonymous in sexual practice for Kinsey. He regularly inserted objects into his urethra as part of his sexual practices, gradually needing larger and larger objects to obtain pleasure, and eventually he even inserted “a toothbrush with the brush end first”. While doing this, he would also tie a rope around his scrotum and tug on it while he masturbated. To facilitate such large objects, he had to cut the entry to his urethra wide open, according to one of Kinsey’s sexual partners. Another time, Kinsey circumcised himself without anaesthesia, using a pocket knife. Kinsey acknowledged the toll his radical sexual experiments could have, when he admonished a friend, “Tell your sadomasochistic friends to observe great caution. The human body adjusts rapidly and the levels are capable of escalating rapidly.”
As time went on, he also suffered from impotence, according to colleague Paul Gebhard, and struggled more and more to achieve sexual satisfaction. Even more concerning, biographer James Jones confirms that Kinsey began to require increasing levels of pain in order to receive sexual pleasure. These self-destructive actions culminated in the episode in 1956, in which he suspended himself in mid-air with a rope tied to his genitals that was then suspended over a pipe. Afterwards, he incurred a pelvic infection that caused him to be hospitalized, which initiated a decline in health that continued, off and on, until his death two years later.. After struggling with a variety of health problems, particularly related to his heart, which intensified in the last 6 months of his life (and which were exacerbated by his obsessive inability to cease working) Kinsey died in 1958 as the result of an embolism from a bruise on his leg. He was only sixty-two years old.
Kinsey, in spite of his adherence to sexual freedom, never seemed to be free. Although he was revered by many as a scientist, hardly anyone liked Kinsey, and virtually all of his relationships (few of which were close) were characterized by him being in a position of domination or control over the other person. Jones writes, “Ironically, the secular evangelist who advocated joy and abandonment in sex did not appear happy”. Indeed, even sexual fulfilment eluded him, as evidenced by his increasing need for pain in order to experience pleasure. One of Kinsey’s sexual partners said that even when having sex, Kinsey looked sad, describing his facial expressions as “long-suffering” and “grotesque”. Biographer Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy summarizes, “Kinsey died a bitter man who, while disguising it, was almost, in the words of Dr. C.A. Tripp, ‘crushed by disappointment’”. He became completely consumed by his passions, although they ultimately did not fulfil him.
Ironically, the man responsible for bringing sexual freedom to the world became enslaved by his own sexual obsessions. In spite of his passion to help release people from the repressive effects of Judeo-Christian sexuality, and his evangelism of the freedom and pleasure unrestricted sex would bring to everyone, Kinsey never experienced, in his own life, the fruits his philosophy promised. He died, still haunted by his own demons and possessed by both his work and his sexual obsessions, as Jones writes, “angry and bitter, like that of a man who had remembered everything and forgiven nothing.”
Children Benefit From Sex With Adults
The Kinsey model of sexuality – any sex, of any kind, for all persons – was not limited to adults. The Kinsey team not only utilized data based on the sexual abuse of children and collaborated with and protect paedophiles; they supported sexual contacts between adults and children, including paedophilia and incest. The Kinsey team’s radical view of sexuality included the belief that children benefited from sexual encounters with adults. Kinsey documented incidents of incestuous relationships between children and adults (to whom he referred as “adult partners”). He tabulated the number and type of sexual abuse contacts with children, writing, “In many instances, the experiences were repeated because the children had become interested in the sexual activity and had more or less actively sought repetitions of their experience.
In Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female, Kinsey further writes, “The adult contacts are a source of pleasure to some children and sometimes may arouse the child erotically and bring it to orgasm. It is difficult to understand why a child, except for its cultural conditioning, should be disturbed at having its genitalia touched.”
Kinsey’s view was that any fears or negative experiences a child had from sexual encounters with adults were “culturally conditioned”, and that “the emotional reactions of the parents, police officers, and other adults who discover the child has had such a contact may disturb the child more seriously than the sexual contacts themselves”. Kinsey believed, in his later years, that paedophilia was less of a problem than the public’s negative reaction to it, and he testified to this fact before legislatures and courts.
Kinsey’s embrace of adult-child sexual relationships is evident in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, as he writes: “Without help from more experienced persons, many pre-adolescents take a good many years to discover good masturbatory techniques that are sexually effective. It is probable that half or more of the boys in an uninhibited society could reach climax by the time they were 3 or 4 years of age.” Although he acknowledges that there were “few instances of vaginal bleeding [resulting from the sexual contacts]”, Kinsey explains that they “did not appear to do any appreciable damage”, and admonishes that “the public should learn to distinguish…serious contacts from other adult contacts which are not likely to do the child any appreciable harm…”.
Kinsey’s fellow researchers shared his promotion of sexual relationships between adults and children. One researcher, John Gagnon, “We may have to change the ways in which [children] learn about sex. We may have to become more directive…we may have to promote sexual activity”.
(You can listen to Tripp say these words in an interview of the mentioned documentary. He speaks without any guilt, remorse or care, because he also thinks that it's natural for adults to rape children)
Secret History: Kinsey's Paedophiles
This is a Yorkshire Television production for Channel 4, produced and directed by Tim Tate, aired August 10, 1998. The show features interviews with Kinsey team members Paul Gebhard and Clarence Tripp, Kinsey Institute director John Bancroft and several of Kinsey's biographers. Also features Dr.Judith Reisman