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Cheerleaders for Kinsey

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Feb 09, 2005

The movie is "well-crafted, intelligently made," the reviewer tells us.

True, it's about a "sometimes difficult man," but you can feel the reviewer's contempt for those who think that he was "in league with the devil or the Communists, undermining the moral foundations of western society."

Yes, we're talking about Kinsey, the cinematic paean to the man whose "scientific" research-- now exposed as fraudulent-- helped usher in the sexual revolution. The reviewer is impatient with those who condemn Kinsey, and much more sympathetic toward those who believe that his work "paved the way to sexual sanity, liberating them from guilt and mental anguish by showing that what is considered ‘right’ or ‘normal’ in human sexual behaviour has little to do with the reality of how people conduct themselves sexually."

It's only a short review, but you won't find a trace of skepticism about Kinsey's methods, let alone criticism of his goals. Kinsey was interested in "objective information" and "in looking at human sexuality from a scientific point of view," we are told.

So who supplied this favorable review?

  • Planned Parenthood? No
  • The Village Voice? No.
  • Playboy magazine? No
    • The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.

      Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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