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Sexual Behavior in the Human Male Changed the Conversation 60 Years Ago

Male and Female volumes

The landmark publication, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, the first of the two "Kinsey Reports," came out in 1948, forever changing the conversation about sex, and launching sex research as we know it today. To mark this anniversary, we share with you some contemporary comments on the legacy of the Male volume.

Earlier this year, Alice Ginott Cohn, a student at Indiana University in the 1940's, spoke on North Carolina Public Radio show, "The Story," about being interviewed by Professor Kinsey, and the impact on her life: "Answering Dr. Kinsey." http://thestory.org/archive/ the_story_421_Answering_Dr_Kinsey.mp3/view

The PBS documentary, Kinsey, chronicled the media reaction to the first Kinsey report, including a Gallup poll study that found a 5:1 positive response to the book. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kinsey/sfeature/sf_response_male.html

For an in depth analysis of both Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), read John Bancroft's introduction to the reissue of SBHF from 1998: "Alfred Kinsey's work 50 years on." http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/publications/PDF/Intro%20to%20Female%20vol.pdf

 

 

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