Great Works of Alfred Kinsey Essay

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The Great Works of Alfred Kinsey
Alfred Kinsey was one of the first scientists to conduct scientific inquiries into human sexuality. During the thirties and forties, the time of his scientific explorations, human sexuality was not an accepted topic for discussion and was frowned upon. Over time, Kinsey’s work led to a wider acceptance of the topic as well as the acceptance of various sexual practices. To some, his work remains controversial and contentious. Those who oppose Kinsey’s work referred to him as a communist and even a pedophile, although there was never any evidence to support either claim. He was also criticized by other scientists for unreliability of personal accounts of sexual behavior. Despite all of the accusations
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Everyone was conditioned to know that sex before marriage was a sin, and sex after marriage was not much better and that was that, no one discussed the topic or asked questions, but Kinsey wanted to know more. He inquired about masturbation, sodomy, sex inside of prison as well as many other “off-limits” topics. And there were also accounts of Kinsey going above and beyond just interviewing. He would travel to Chicago to conduct interviews with homosexuals, at a time when most were confined to secrecy, and engage in numerous homosexual encounters while visiting.
In 1948 Kinsey completed his book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and much to his own surprise it topped the best-seller lists. The very same year, he was able to gain permission to film a small number of sexual encounters involving a few volunteers and members of his staff. He felt that a video was able to capture much more than photographs or drawings would ever be able to when analyzing the material. And in 1950, he sued the United States Customs Bureau when some of the erotica that

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