Kinsey report on American sexual habits (91 words)

Historical Context Note


In 1948 the first of the two Kinsey reports on human sexual behaviour was published, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. The publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female followed in 1958. Dr Alfred Kinsey (23rd June, 1894 - 25th August, 1956), a zoologist and head of the Indiana University's Institute for Sex Research, based his reports on thousands of personal interviews conducted by himself and his research team, and their findings both outraged and fascinated fifties America. The reports went on to become best sellers and revolutionized public perceptions of sexuality and morality.