Sociology and Social Research (essay date 1948)
SOURCE: A review of "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male", by Alfred Kinsey, in Sociology and Social Research, Vol. 32, No. 4, March-April, 1948, pp.
[In the following review of Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, the critic commends Kinsey's research and findings, and declares the work necessary for overhauling the nation's previous works on sexuality and marriage.]
Called by one of the newsweeklies a "shocker in sex" and touted by columnist Winchell,Sexual Behavior in the Human Male this scientific study of the sexual Behavior of the male by three Indiana University scientists promises to become a best seller. One fortunate aspect of this is that it will be read by many who would otherwise avoid it. Certainly, physicians, psychiatrists, judges, administrators of both educational and penal institutions, officials in the Army and Navy, and social scientists will find in it a wealth of vitally useful material.
Presented as the objective factual study of sexual behavior that it is, the book reports the results of a nine-year survey, with 12,000 persons, representing every age, every social level, and several racial groups, who were interviewed by the authors and their staff of assistants. Funds from the Rockefeller Foundation provided a major portion of the cost of the survey. The study should demonstrate what well-conducted, scientifically organized research in the...
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