A publication of the Kinsey Institute for Research
in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Sanders, Associate Director
Albright, Systems Analyst
John Bancroft, Senior Research Fellow
Jennifer Bass, Head of Information Services
Lori Duggan, Cataloging Specialist
Heidi Frankson, Development Assistant
Cynthia Graham, Director Graduate Education Sarah Hahn,
Erick Janssen, Associate Scientist
Nancy Lethem, Development Director
Meghan MacKrell, Webmaster / Temporary Administrator
Glenda McAvoy, Temporary Departmental Secretary
Garry Milius, Assistant Curator
Julia Mobley, Accounting Associate
Shawn C. Wilson, User Services Coordinator
Liana Zhou, Head of Library
June M. Reinisch, Director Emerita
Terry Howe, Art Director
Jennifer Bass, Newsletter Coordinator, Writer
Dean of School of Journalism, Indiana University
Dean of University Libraries, Indiana University
Wolin, Director, School of Fine Arts; Ruth N. Halls Professor
of Photography, Indiana University
Institute Board of Governors
Delbert Brinkman, Retired Dean, Journalism and Mass Communications,
University of Colorado
Ann Eisenberg, Chairman, Medical Research Council of Children's
Memorial Medical Center, Chicago
Gruskin, Director, Program on International Health and Human
Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
Heiman, Director, The Kinsey Institute
D. Ketterson, Chair, Professor of Biology, Co-Director, Center
for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, Indiana University*
Honorable Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia
Scott Long, Chancellor's Professor, Department of Sociology,
A. McRobbie, Vice President for Information Technology and
CIO, Vice President, Research, Indiana University
Nelms, Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Diversity,
Robel, Dean and Van Nolan Professor of Law, Indiana University
D. Shumate, Retired partner of law firm, Jones, Day, Reavis
R. Tempel, Executive Director, Center on Philanthropy, IUPUI
Yarber, Professor of Applied Health Sciences; Director, Rural
Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana University, Ex-officio
serves as trustee
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mission of The Kinsey Institute is to promote interdisciplinary research
and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction.
The Institute was founded in 1947 by renowned sex researcher Alfred
Kinsey. Today, the Institute has two components, an Indiana University
research institute and a not-for-profit corporation, which owns and
manages the Institute's research data and archives, collections, and
fifty years ago, with the support of IU President Herman B Wells,
Alfred C. Kinsey founded the Institute and pioneered the discipline
of modern sex research. Today, just over five years after the
publication of two extensive biographies, Kinsey has once again
become a cultural icon. A wave of recent interest in both his
life and his work (and also in American culture of the mid-20th
century) has resulted in a number of riveting creative artifacts:
a film, a novel, a musical, and two upcoming television documentaries.
During this flurry of attention to Kinsey's personality and vision,
the Institute continues its work: always with an emphasis on sex
research, education, and the preservation of unique collections
tracing the history of sexual practices and representations across
the world. "This
is a tremendous opportunity for us to tell our story and talk
not only about our founder but especially about the importance
of the work we are doing today," says Jennifer Bass, Head
of Information Services. "Many people, particularly younger
people, are going to be learning about us for the first time."
much-anticipated Fox Searchlight movie, Kinsey, starring
Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, opens to the general public in mid-November.
A special screening of the film to benefit the Institute will
take place at the IU Auditorium on November 13th. Director Bill
Condon, who was given a standing ovation for the movie at the
Toronto Film Festival, in September, will be present, along with
members of the cast.The
Inner Circle, a novel by T.C. Boyle (published by Viking in September)
also draws inspiration from Kinsey's story. Like the Chicago musical
Dr. Sex (which will open in New York in 2005), The Inner Circle
takes artistic liberties, using the persona of Alfred Kinsey as
a springboard for fiction, spectacle, and speculation.
a more biographical approach on Alfred Kinsey by using interviews
with people who knew him, family members, biographers, and historians
is an upcoming PBS documentary in the American Experience
series, to be aired February, 2005. This 90 minute show includes
interviews with former directors Paul Gebhard and John Bancroft.
An A&E television documentary is also in production.
is somewhat ironic that Alfred Kinsey, who was so committed to
preserving the confidentiality of individuals, should be the subject
of such scrutiny and fascination," says Assistant Director
Stephanie Sanders. "Dr. Kinsey was a unique and compelling
individual, and through these interpretations of his life and
his work people are able to hold a public conversation about sex,
comparing contemporary issues to life in the 40's and 50's. It's
interesting to think about what might have changed since his time,
and I believe that is a huge part of the appeal."
Know it All
team of volunteer and staff docents (Kathryn Brown, Christine
Lemley, Catherine Johnson-Roehr, Jennifer Bass, and Garry Milius,
Erin Hoschouer) lead tours of The Kinsey Institute. To schedule
a visit, call 812-855-7686.
Saturday, November 13, 2004, The Kinsey Institute hosted
a benefit reception and screening of Fox Searchlight Pictures'
film Kinsey at the Indiana University Auditorium. Special
guests included actor Laura Linney, director Bill Condon
and IU Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis.
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Column - By
Dr. Julia R. Heiman
arrived in Bloomington on May 20, 2004, in a period of great import
and drama. Not because I had trekked from the Northwest to immerse
myself in a new set of opportunities at The Kinsey Institute.
Not because film stars were in town. But because that week, Brood
X, consisting of three species of cicada (magicicada), had emerged
from their lair, where they had been feeding on tree roots for
the past 17 years. The male makes a terrific vibrating sound to
attract a female for mating and once successful, the male dies.
The female lays 400-600 eggs and then she too dies. Then eggs,
on tree branches, hatch, nymphs drop to the
burrow 2 feet down to a root and repeat the life cycle; only
4-6 weeks in the sun and open air, after 17 years of developing
underground. It is a remarkable story of sex, gender, and reproduction.
And a fine introduction to the tempo of the Institute.
John Bancroft gracefully passed the baton of Directorship to
me on June 1. He left behind a competent and vibrant staff and
legacy of strong scholarship. I am learning how the world works
in Indiana and at its University and am impressed. The University
remains supportive in a variety of ways. This is vital to the
Institute as it needs a scholarly base and the principles of
academic freedom as a touchstone. To me, the major theme is
growth over the next few years. The Kinsey Institute and the
field of sex research in general need to find ways, against
the odds of the apparent times, to expand. The areas needing
attention are pretty clear: increasing sex research faculty,
finding research funding for improving our knowledge base to
deal with social problems, linking knowledge and social policy,
and constantly modifying training for current scholars and scientists
and for those who will come next. In addition, a special issue
for The Kinsey Institute is managing the ever enlarging library
collection which will require new funding for safe preservation
seems Alfred C. Kinsey is currently fashionable and, as if a
spell has been cast, is raising similar worries and critiques
as more than 50 years ago. While we work on the present, we
discuss the implications of the past more than I ever expected
to be doing in 2004. With the help of a new grant from the Ford
Foundation, we are getting out our message about sex research
now and tomorrow, how it has changed, what is needed, and its
importance for our society.
In our next issue, I'll have more on a new project, the methods
testing phase of a new national survey of sexual behavior in
the US. More about this and other initiatives will be posted
on our website. I look forward to collaboration opportunities
to advance the science, the training and the thinking about
sex research. Please visit, either through our website or Morrison
Hall itself. Don't wait for the next Brood X emergence.
Frankson Joins the Institute
new employee at The Kinsey Institute will play a significant role
in the future of the organization. This past summer, Heidi Frankson
joined the staff as Development Assistant. Heidi recently returned
to Bloomington after a number of years in New York City, where
she was development director of The Marilyn Horne Foundation.
She will work closely with Development Director Nancy Lethem on
all aspects of
fund-raising and special events, as well as serving as liaison
to The Friends of The Kinsey Institute.
leadership has led to stepped-up development goals and Heidi's
experience will be a valuable asset in our work to endow the future
of the Institute," says Lethem.
honored to be part of such a distinguished organization,"
says Heidi, who can be reached at email@example.com
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on the Collections: Filmmaker Kenneth Anger
For many years
now The Kinsey Institute has been amassing a unique collection based
on a relationship that extends back to Alfred Kinsey's time. Kenneth
Anger, a widely influential American avant garde filmmaker has chosen
the Institute as archival home for both his own work and for almost
daily mailings on the subjects of sex, gender, and reproduction.
Liana Zhou explains the nature of Anger's contribution by opening
one of many boxes containing ephemera, news clippings, playbills,
magazines, and books he has sent to the collection in recent years.
As she explores the contents of the box, noting publications as
varied as a Spanish language pamphlet on child rearing and articles
about celebrities (Anger is also known for his Hollywood Babylon
books about the private lives of movie stars), the subtle sound
of a catcall escapes.
a plastic object that emits an appreciative whistle when touched:
"Dr. Anger often sends humorous objects that reflect sexuality
within popular culture. Boxer shorts covered with shiny valentine
hearts, a salt shaker in the shape of a phallus, and this little
key chain with its whistling lips." Given the interest that
artists, filmmakers, cultural critics, and historians have in Anger
himself, the gifts have all been organized into the Anger Collection,
making the Institute an intellectual home base for information concerning
Johnson-Roehr points out a work of art on the wall in an Institute
hallway: it is a print by Anger illustrating a scene from one of
his films. The work hints at the lush visual texture of the movies,
influenced by early Hollywood, Jean Cocteau, surrealist poetry,
and theories of the unconscious, myth, and religion. Kenneth Anger
recalls that Alfred Kinsey was his first customer, purchasing a
copy of Fireworks when they first met in 1947. Anger went on to
help Kinsey build his film archive; the Anger Collection includes
correspondence between the two men, as well as letters to and from
former Institute director John Bancroft.
Anger's overriding interest is in supporting Alfred Kinsey's original
vision, which was one of collecting information about human sexuality
from diverse populations," explains Zhou. The archive highlights
the intersection between sex and politics, including news clippings
about issues concerning personal expression and the history of censorship
in American film. Whether it's an LA Times article on the baring
of Janet Jackson's breast on national television, an obituary for
Helmut Newton (one of many photographers influenced by Anger's work),
or a piece about sexual politics in the workplace, Anger recognizes
its significance to our culture and to the Institute collections.
to Dr. Anger's unprecedented support, we are reminded almost daily
of many subjects that are currently in the news," says Zhou.
"We see how issues about the body emerge to become political
hot topics with social and aesthetic implications."
experimental films of Kenneth Anger contain elements of erotica, documentary,
psychodrama, and spectacle. They have had a profound impact on the work
of many other filmmakers and artists, as well as on music video as an
emergent art form using dream sequence, dance, fantasy, and narrative.
awards and recognition given to filmmaker Kenneth Anger:
Man del Plata Film Festival, Argentina, 2002.
Edwards Independent Experimental Film/Video Award
Presented by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, January
Doctorate of Humane Letters
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, California, 2002.
Man We Want to Hang: A Kenneth Anger Film Retrospective
Sponsored by the University of Southern California School
of Film & Television and The Schindler House, 2002.
A documentary of Kenneth Anger's work
In production, expected to broadcast in Italy in 200
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on view in the Institute Gallery is a new show simply called Sex
Ed. The brainchild of Assistant Curator Garry Milius, objects in
this exhibit show how information about sexual and reproductive health
has been disseminated to the general public. The exhibit includes film
posters, human anatomy models of sexual organs and fetal development,
Dr. Kinsey's microscope (which was used in filming the upcoming PBS
American Experience documentary about Kinsey's life), novelty condoms
and marital aids, birth control devices, pillow books from Japan, and
illustrated copies of the Kama Sutra.A
series of lobby cards for a movie called The Birth of a Baby: Before
Your Very Eyes will be included. Shown to sex-segregated audiences,
this 1938 film used sensationalized publicity to promise footage of
an actual birth. "Most of these films were not nearly as risqué
as the publicity implied," says Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr.
"We raided the library stacks a little more heavily than we normally
do. The collection includes materials documenting approaches to sexual
health and education, including some of those used at the time Kinsey
developed his marriage course at Indiana University."It
was with the 1938 marriage course that Kinsey began his professional
transition from zoologist to founder of The Institute for Sex Research.
Student groups, including the Association of Women Students, petitioned
the University requesting the course, an indication that sex education
was a desired yet undeveloped component of the curriculum at the time.
Says Garry Milius, "This exhibit focuses on how we learn about
our bodies, and how we learn about sex. There's a sense of nostalgia
exhibit runs through February 11 and is open to the public by appointment.
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Adopt a Work of Art!
Kinsey Institute will hold its fourth Adopt a Work of Art event
on Thursday, December 16th. Approximately 50 unframed drawings, paintings,
prints, and photographs will be on display in our conference room. Visitors
will be invited to "adopt" an artwork by making a tax-deductible
donation to cover the cost of matting and framing the piece of their
choice. We will acknowledge each adoption by placing the donor's name
on a label to be displayed with the piece when it is exhibited. In the
past, some of our donors have chosen to adopt an artwork in honor of
a friend or relative-the perfect holiday gift for that person who has
of the Institute's more than 8,000 works of art are not framed and have
never been shown to the public. Some of the pieces that will be on display
for this event will be featured in the upcoming exhibition in the Kinsey
Institute Gallery-Out of Russia: The Art of Chagall, Tchelitchew,
812-855-7686 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a specific time
to view the works.
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Heiman's Research Agenda
Julia Heiman, new Director of The Kinsey Institute, has devoted
her career to achieving a better understanding of the physiological
and emotional dimensions of sexuality. Her research is also concerned
with developing successful interventions to help people overcome
the beginning," Dr. Heiman explains, "I've been interested
in how sexuality changes, either on its own or with some kind
of external effort. How do we come up with newer and better ways
to measure aspects of sexuality?" These
questions organize her approach to a wide range of topics, including
the quality of sexual experience in the wake of treatment for
cancer; sexual risk-taking when under the influence of alcohol;
the impact of childhood sexual abuse and physical abuse on adult
relationships; and sex therapy for couples when one partner is
interested in how sex fits within other aspects of a person's
life, instead of conceiving of it as separate from the other ways
people function, think, or feel."
courtesy of Shawn Spence
A number of Dr. Heiman's recent projects focus on identifying
appropriate treatments for people who are experiencing sexual
difficulty. "Findings from an early study of couples showed
that sex therapy without medical intervention does help a number
of people. We want to know who is likely to benefit from this
kind of therapy, and who might need a different kind of treatment."
fellow Lori Brotto is working with Dr. Heiman to find out if women
who have been treated for cervical or endometrial cancer benefit
from short-term psychological therapy."So far the pilot data
look surprisingly promising," she notes. "Our current
medical system measures success by lives saved. We are concerned
with quality of life."
no additional treatment is provided to cancer patients once their
life is saved," Heiman says. "This study attempts to
determine the value of combining brief psychological sex therapies
with medication for women recovering from cancer treatment."
a Viagra study, Heiman and her co-investigators are looking at
the effects of Viagra alone versus Viagra plus brief sex therapy,
and considering the effect of these interventions on both the
man and his partner. "Many of these men have medical conditions
that affect sexual functioning, putting a strain on the couple's
relationship. Brief sex therapy gives women in these relationships
a chance to hear the men talk about sex in an unthreatening environment."
isn't easy to talk about sex," Heiman observes, "particularly
when people think they are going to have to do something about
researching the kinds of experience that either enhance or interfere
with a person's sexuality, Dr. Heiman studies women who have a
history of sexual and/or physical abuse as children.
we and other researchers have found is that physical abuse, especially
combined with sexual abuse in childhood, can damage one's sexual
function as an adult. The physical abuse is often overlooked."
another on going project, Dr. Heiman is working with principle
investigator Dr. William George of the University of Washington
to study how sexual arousal impacts decision making about safer
sex and alcohol, and how age and mood are contributing factors.
can we learn about advising people to be careful when making decisions
about sex? What happens in a risk-taking scenario if the subject
has been drinking alcohol and also has a history of childhood
sexual abuse? And how well are people able to control their arousal,
either maximizing or suppressing it? I want to know more about
how people can both take responsibility for their sexuality and
control it when they need to," Heiman explains.
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