Talk:Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction

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Title[edit]

just thought you should check the punctuation, especially the comma that's supposed to be after "gender" in the title —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.95.186.133 (talk) 01:12, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Fixed, thank you. - 2/0 (cont.) 20:13, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Wrong article title[edit]

This article should be either "Kinsey Institute" or "The Kinsey Institute" per WP:TITLE, since that is the common name. The official name is actually "The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction". —UncleDouggie (talk) 00:53, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

issue that Kinsey interviewed people who sexually abused children---but didn't do enough to prevent it[edit]

This is something we probably need to talk about. And here's a start, with a reference.

day before yesterday, someone made the following post (this IP address is a library computer spread over a number of branches):

"Ever since, the Institute, the reports and Kinsey himself have been the subject of controversy, especially for Kinsey's alleged collaboration with and protection of pedophiles.**ref**"The Kinsey Corruption: An Exposé on the Most Influential 'Scientist' of Our Time" Susan Brinkmann and Judith Reisman.**/ref**"

The person removed this part. And yes, it is inflammatory. But it is also, again, an issue that it seems like we need to discuss, at least in some fashion.

I re-added: "The Institute and Kinsey himself have been the subject of much controversy, initially for engaging in open discussion of sexuality, more recently for not doing enough to prevent child sex abuse." And I re-added the reference in the "Media" section.

So (1) yes, I wanted to demonstrate that we at the library can make some good changes, (2) Wow, this is an important issue, and it's important to get it right.

As I see the issue, Kinsey promised confidentiality, his work depended on confidentiality, and it's highly valuable to have a baseline. But still, Damn, if there's real human harm right in front of you, seems like he could have done something. So, there's a factual side--what did Kinsey do, and then the ethical side--what should he have done, and with the benefit of hindsight.


"A Question of Resilience," New York Times, April 30, 2006.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940CE7D8123FF933A05757C0A9609C8B63&pagewanted=6
‘ . . Historically, the study of resilience inadvertently collided with the movement to treat child abuse as a national cause for alarm. In the 1950's, experts like Alfred Kinsey minimized the damage of sexual abuse. The fright described by children who'd had sexual contact with adults was "nearer the level that children will show when they see insects [or] spiders," Kinsey wrote, as Joseph E. Davis, a sociologist, recounts in his recent book, "Accounts of Innocence." . . ’

Well, you don’t want to galvanize the child into having a negative label. But at the same time there is the possibility of real harm to the child. The adult, or in some cases the older adolescent, is lying to the child in a tricky way, and regarding something personal. And the adult usually pressures the child to keep quiet about it. And that’s not so cool. Not so cool at all.

Now, the figure I’ve heard is 1 out of 5. Approximately, 1 out of 5 children will be sexually abused. Usually by someone who knows the child or the family. So, it’s the nice grandpa who wrestles with the kids on the living room floor. But no, usually not this particular grandpa. But it is someone like him. It is usually someone who knows the child and/or the family. Giving the parents the much more difficult task of talking to their child ‘sometimes an adult, even someone you know . . ’ I am not not a parent. I certainly can’t recommend the details of such a conversation. However, it seems to me that if parents emphasize “stranger danger,” they are probably doing their kids a disservice.

So there you have it, at least a beginning. 74.124.35.214 (talk) 00:08, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

Article Expansion[edit]

I've expanded the article and incorporated information from the last revisions into the expanded version. Since new sections were added, information from previous revisions is now spread out throughout the different sections and also has had citations added.

The media section was removed since “Secret History: Kinsey’s Paedophiles”, A Question of Resilience, and Kinsey since they seem to refer more to Alfred Kinsey and his work instead of the The Kinsey Institute as a whole. Maybe they would be better suited to be placed in the article on Alfred Kinsey. September 1, 2011

Wait, hold up!!! How are you going to mention the controversy in the opening and then nowhere in the article mention what that controversy is? That isn't being respectful. That is being biased. We know that it has been the subject of controversy and mentioning the details is not an attack. Why is that not in the conversation? Now you just have this sentence dangling there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.111.30.239 (talk) 10:47, 27 July 2014 (UTC)


Removed banner at top of article[edit]

Since a large number of citations were added to the article, I have removed the banner at the top of the article that reads as follows: "Please help improve this article by adding inline citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed." Monha123 (talk) 9/9/2011

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