What is the relationship between intelligence and sex? In recent decades, studies of the controversial histories of both intelligence testing and of human sexuality in the United States have been increasingly common--and hotly debated. But rarely have the intersections of these histories been examined. In Gentlemen's Disagreement, Peter Hegarty enters this historical debate by recalling the debate between Lewis Terman--the intellect who championed the testing of intelligence-- and pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, and shows how intelligence and sexuality have interacted in American psychology. Through a fluent discussion of intellectually gifted onanists, unhappily married men, queer geniuses, lonely frontiersmen, religious ascetics, and the two scholars themselves, Hegarty traces the origins of Terman's complaints about Kinsey's work to show how the intelligence testing movement was much more concerned with sexuality than we might remember. And, drawing on Foucault, Hegarty reconciles these legendary figures by showing how intelligence and sexuality in early American psychology and sexology were intertwined then and remain so to this day.
From Chivalry to Terrorismis a brilliant exploration of the conscious and unconscious ways in which European and American cultures have established an essential role for military and warrior virtue in defining masculinity.
Boyle’s tenth novel, The Inner Circle has it all: fabulous characters, a rollicking plot, and more sex than pioneering researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey ever dreamed of documenting . . . well, almost. A love story, The Inner Circleis narrated by John Milk, a virginal young man who in 1940 accepts a job as an assistant to Dr. Alfred Kinsey, an extraordinarily charming professor of zoology at Indiana University who has just discovered his life’s true calling: sex. As a member of Kinsey’s “inner circle” of researchers, Milk (and his beautiful new wife) is called on to participate in sexual experiments that become increasingly uninhibited—and problematic for his marriage. For in his later years Kinsey (who behind closed doors is a sexual enthusiast of the first order) ever more recklessly pushed the boundaries both personally and professionally. While Boyle doesn’t resist making the most of this delicious material, The Inner Circleis at heart a very moving and very loving look at sex, marriage, and jealousy that will have readers everywhere reassessing their own relationships—because, in the end, “love is all there is.”
Speaking of Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Readings remains the most comprehensive, research-oriented, and interdisciplinary sexuality anthology available. Its guiding principle is that a healthy sexual script should be a realistic goal for everyone, because sexuality is an inseparable part of an individual's persona from birth until death.Speaking of Sexuality presents leading classic and contemporary works in sexuality research and theory along with in-depth articles about timely issues from the popular media. This edition also integrates more selections on race/ethnicity and sexual orientation and additional readings from psychological, anthropological, and feminist perspectives. It covers a host of cutting-edge topics including asexuality, bisexuality, evolutionary psychology, "hooking up," the medicalization of erectile dysfunction, oral sex,and virginity pledges.
Kinsey is a portrait of a man driven to uncover the most private secrets of the nation, and journey into the mystery of human behavior. His 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male irrevocably changed American culture and created a media sensation. With Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O’Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt.
Part of the PBS American Experience series. Through interviews with Alfred Kinsey’s research assistants, his children, people who took his sex questionnaire, and historians, this documentary assesses Kinsey’s remarkable achievements. Narrator, Campbell Scott
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4 Seasons. Chronicles the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Masters, a successful OB/GYN, is conducting a secret study of human sexuality. Soon, he meets Virginia Johnson, a former nightclub singer who is now part of the hospital secretarial staff. He enlists her help with his study, and she quickly proves to be an asset to Masters’ work. Together, they delve deeper than anyone before them into the science of sex and later become participants in their own research.
Sexuality was the last uncharted realm of social science until a controversial biology professor named Alfred Kinsey walked into America’s bedroom and turned on the light. In this program, John Bancroft, director of The Kinsey Institute; James H. Jones, author of Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life; and Kinsey’s former colleague Paul Gebhard engage in a thoughtful assessment of Kinsey’s findings-data weakened, however, by the makeup of Kinsey’s sample population, his own sexual experiences, and his desire to see a more inclusive ethic of tolerance in the U.S. Nonetheless, as a tool of social reform, Kinsey’s work succeeded in opening a channel in the public discourse on a hitherto taboo subject.
Looks, personality, intellect, bank account-the reasons for attraction can’t be predicted. Or can they? This program investigates ways that men and women evaluate potential lovers and life partners, and shows how male and female criteria may be more similar than many think. Creating a relaxed, club-like setting in which a small group of singles meet, flirt, and discuss their goals, the program records each participant’s candid responses to the interaction, and to a barrage of additional images and questions designed to measure deeply ingrained preferences.
Alfred Kinsey was this century's first scientifically reputable and most influential researcher into sex. This fascinating biography describes Kinsey's strict Methodist upbringing, his love of minute observation which he applied first to academic entomology and then to human sexuality, and the obsessive work ethic that contributed to his death. Kinsey is perhaps even more controversial today than he was when his work was first published. Other researchers and religious groups have attacked his work from different perspectives. The man himself has frequently been lost in all of the claims and counterclaims, attacks and defenses, as well as the efforts to make him conform to predetermined theories about his personality and behavior. Gathorne-Hardy's literate, humane work is the first major biography to give a balanced portrait of one of this century's pioneering researchers and social reformers. He has interviewed in depth surviving family members, close colleagues, friends, lovers. He reveals, in this subtle, often witty, penetrating study, not just a series of new revelations, but whole new aspects of this complex, difficult, contradictory, heroic, obsessive, and ultimately sympathetic man.
FBI file on Kinsey
Alfred C. Kinsey was born on August 23, 1894, in Hoboken, New Jersey. He taught Zoology and Biology at Indiana University. He went to college at Harvard University and wrote a textbook on biology. His specialty was the naming, describing and classification of insects. He later did a study on sexual behavior of the male and female and worked at the Sex Research Institute, Incorporated at Indiana University. He died on August 25, 1956, at Bloomington, Indiana.
When Alfred Kinsey's massive studies Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female appeared in 1948 and 1953, their detailed data spurred an unprecedented public discussion of the nation's sexual practices and ideologies. As they debated what behaviors were normal or average, abnormal or deviant, Cold War Americans also celebrated and scrutinized the state of their nation, relating apparent changes in sexuality to shifts in its political structure, economy, and people. American Sexual Character employs the studies and the myriad responses they evoked to examine national debates about sexuality, gender, and Americanness after World War II. Focusing on the mutual construction of postwar ideas about national identity and sexual life, this wide-ranging, shrewd, and lively analysis explores the many uses to which these sex surveys were put at a time of extreme anxiety about sexual behavior and its effects on the nation.
This history documents Alfred C. Kinsey's landmark sexuality research project, which he began in 1938. It resulted in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), otherwise known as the famous "Kinsey Reports."
Because Kinsey's research dealt openly with human sexuality during a time when the topic was taboo, his work was the subject of much controversy. During the course of his study, Kinsey was subjected to anti-Communist investigations, loss of funding and a lawsuit by U.S. Customs over a collection of erotic photos. Nevertheless, Kinsey's Institute for Sex Research still survives today, under the new title the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.