The Impact of Kinsey Beyond Sex Research:
Talk and Kinsey Tour
With Jennifer Bass, Kinsey Institute Director of Communications, and
James Capshew, Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
Friday, February 19, 2010 * 3-5 p.m. * The Kinsey Institute (Morrison
The publication of IU professor Alfred Kinsey's Sexual
Human Male in 1948 and his subsequent Sexual Behavior in the
Female in 1953 opened the eyes of people around the world to a
subject and strongly shaped the social and cultural landscape of
generations to come. The world-renowned Kinsey Institute for
in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, located on the IU campus, has
continued Kinsey's legacy with its contributions to research and
scholarship on sexuality, gender, and reproduction. As surprising
perhaps has been the impact of the methods used by Kinsey and other sex
researchers on research in other fields.
Kinsey was a Harvard-trained zoologist specializing in gall wasps
when IU asked him to teach a "marriage course"
1938. The Association of Women Students petitioned "for a course for
students who were married or contemplating marriage," and the
not-for-credit course was approved by then-IU president Herman B Wells.
As Kinsey prepared for the course, he found that there was startlingly
little scientific work on human sexuality, which prompted him to apply
his own zoology training to the study of human sexual behaviors. Kinsey's meticulous use of the scientific method to study human behavior
and the techniques he developed for interviews were unheard of at the
time and have had an impact that has reached well beyond sex research.
Join Jennifer Bass, Kinsey Institute director of communications, and
James Capshew, associate professor of History and Philosophy of Science,
for a private tour of the Kinsey Institute and a discussion of Kinsey's impact.