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The Kinsey Institute in the News

This winter, we received flurries of U.S. and international media coverage for two studies - the condom team's recent article on the effect of condom fit on slippage and condom application errors, and a report on some results of the Had Sex Survey. You will find highlights of that media coverage below, as well as news articles on other Kinsey Institute research. You can find a more complete and updated list on our In the Media page »

Toronto Sun (Canada), April 16, 2010. "Was it sex?"
The article discusses the results of the Had Sex survey, in the context of other studies & articles that revealed differences in how men and women remember & relate sexual encounters.

The Times (UK), March 13, 2010. "Stress: sex is the first casualty."
An article on the effects of stress on sexual desire and performance mentions a Kinsey Institute study which found that some men experience increased libido when under stress.

BBC World Service (Radio) (UK), March 8, 2010. "Health Check."
Dr. William Yarber is interviewed in a news story on the recent condom study. The segment runs from 16:10 to 21:20 of the programme.

ABC News, March 8, 2010. "Study: Adults Can't Agree What 'Sex' Means."
An extensive article on the "Had Sex" survey which moved beyond reporting survey results to consider what factors might influence respondents in their opinion on what constitutes 'having sex.' The article contained considerable commentary from study co-author Brandon Hill, as well as comments from leading sex researchers, including Dr. Eli Coleman, Dr. Ed Laumann, and Dr. June Reinisch. The article also discussed the controversy concerning the publication of the 1999 "Had Sex" survey at the same time as the President Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal.

NY Daily News, March 5, 2010. "Study finds surprising variation in how people define 'had sex'."
The article commented on the LA Times article and IU press release about the "Had Sex" study, including commentary from study co-author Dr. William Yarber, and citing survey responses from the group of men 65 and older.

ScienceDaily.com, March 5, 2010. "No Consensus in Definitions of 'Had Sex,' Study Finds."
The article discussed the findings of the recent "Had Sex" survey, as well as the earlier 1999 "Had Sex" and included comments from two of the study's co-authors, KI Research Associate Brandon Hill and KI Senior Research Fellow Dr. William Yarber.

Salon.com, March 4, 2010. "What is sex? According to researchers, adults don't agree on a definition."
The article summarized the major findings of the recent "Had Sex" study released in February, and included a brief discussion of the social context for disagreement over the term "having sex." KI Research Associate Brandon Hill was also quoted about the implications of the study for sex researchers & health professional as they talk with subjects & patients.

LA Times, March 4, 2010. "What do you mean you 'had sex'?"
This article discussed some initial findings of the "Had Sex" survey, published in the journal Sexual Health.

LA Times, March 1, 2010. "Sex addiction divides mental health experts."
The article discusses the issue of 'sex addiction' with reference to the American Psychiatric Association, recent celebrity scandals, a variety of sex researchers & therapists, and several academic & clinical studies, including the 2004 Kinsey study of 31 self-defined 'sex addicts' co-authored by former Kinsey Director, Dr. John Bancroft.

Psychology Today, February 28, 2010. "Sex: Are Men Really Only After One thing? Part II."
The second of three blog posts in a series by Diana Kirschner discussing findings from the 2008 MALES study co-authored by KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman, which found that personal honor and family relationships were high priorities for the men studied.

The Atlantic, February 25, 2010. "The Challenge of Marketing Small Condoms."
This article reported on the recent condom study, with additional reporting on how large condom companies currently market & label their condom products.

CBC News (Canada), February 16, 2010. "Improve condom fit for public health, MDs say."
This study reported the findings from the condom study on improper fit leading to increased incidence of improper use, but also focussed on the fact that men reported aversion to buying condoms labeled 'small,' leading them to purchase condoms of the wrong size.

Daily Telegraph (UK), February 16, 2010. "Men 'risking health by avoiding small condoms'."
A report on the new study emphasizing the health risks when bad condom fit leads to improper use or early removal of condoms. The story also included a note about bias in the study due to having self-selected participants through the web survey.

Business Week, February 16, 2010. "Survey Finds Many Men Complaining of Ill-Fitting Condoms."
A report on the new study emphasizing the health risks when bad condom fit leads to improper use or early removal of condoms.

MSNBC.com, February 16, 2010. "Too big? Survey finds why men refuse condoms."
An altered version of the Reuters story below.

Reuters, February 15, 2010. "Poor fit may explain why men refuse condoms."
A brief story reporting the highlights of a recent study on the relationship of condom fit to condom usage headed by Kinsey Institute Research Fellows Dr. William Yarber (Indiana University), and Dr. Richard Crosby (University of Kentucky). Reuters is a news service, and this story was picked up by many news organizations and blogs, including ABC News.com, and Yahoo! News.

Consumer Reports Health Blog, February 12, 2010. "For the weekend: How about some sexual healing?"
A short article on the potential health benefits of sex, featuring a comment from KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman.

Psychology Today, January 30, 2010. "Sex: Are Men Really Only After One thing? Part I."
The first of three blog posts in a seriesby Diana Kirschner discussing findings from the 2008 MALES study co-authored by KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman, which found that personal honor and family relationships were high priorities for the men studied. This blog post was picked up and republished in several other blogs.

 

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