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Applications Open for KI Student Research Grants
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants program confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and seeks to fund significant and innovative research, from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, that deals with human sexuality. Applications are due by November 1st. Application & information here »
New Grant to Study Transgender Issues in the U.S. Military Researchers at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington have been awarded a two-year grant to study the medical accommodation and care of transgender service members in the U.S. military. Read the press release »
Two New Show Open Sept 6 in the KI Gallery Past/Present is our contribution to the Fall 2013 Themester: “Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World.” The exhibition will bring together older artworks from the collection and recent acquisitions, to explore the connection between the work of contemporary artists and artwork and imagery from past eras. La Vida Sexual will be on display in our Corridor Gallery, an exhibition of artwork from Latin America or produced by artists originally from Latin American countries, as well as Spanish-language materials from the Kinsey Institute Library.
Summer Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Now Online
The 60th anniversary of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, researchers present at IASR conference, a report from our John Money scholar, and more »
Evolution and Human Behavior
Kinsey researcher Justin Garcia & co-author Peter Gray explain the evolutionary science of human sexual behavior. Published by Harvard Press, it is "intended for generally curious readers of all stripes."
Juried Art Show Opens At The Grunwald Gallery
The 2013 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show is showing at the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University from May 17 through July 13.
Face Value and Casual Encounters Open in the KI Gallery
Two new exhibits open at The Kinsey Institute on April 12th, running until August 30th. Face Value appears in the main gallery, featuring a variety of portraits pulled from the Kinsey Institute collections. Casual Encounters, appearing in the Corridor Gallery, takes a look at intimate yet anonymous sexual interactions. Read more about these exhibits »
Spring Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Now Online
Opening night at the 2013 Juried Art Show, new donations to the Library and Kinsey Collections, staff news and more »
2013 Student Research Grant Winners Announced
Our 2013 awardees are examining issues of personal growth and resilience in the LGBT community, mating strategies in males, women's experience with hormonal oral contraceptives, and coping strategies employed by HIV-positive men in rural settings. Read more »
Judy Dater: Memories & Reminiscences
Renowned photographer Judy Dater will be speaking at Indiana University on Friday, April 12 4:00-5:00 pm, in Fine Arts, 015. This is a Horizons of Knowledge lecture, co-sponsored by The Kinsey Institute.
Winter Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Now Online
The Winter Edition of the Kinsey Today newsletter is online, featuring
Student grant winners, new faculty publications & awards, a new sexual assault documentary, and more »
Kinsey Institute Researcher Finds College Students Replacing Dating with Hookups
Kinsey Institute researcher Dr. Justin Garcia is co-author of a study analyzing shifts in relationship behavior among US college students. Garcia and his colleagues found that college students are having more hookups for casual sexual encounters than first dates, which contrasts with wider US trends of dating toward relationships and marriage before sex. The study was published in Review of General Psychology. Read the press release »
Kinsey Institute Open House February 2nd
In conjunction with the10th Annual PRIDE Film Fest, The Kinsey Institute will hold an Open House on Saturday, February 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors can view artwork, research information, and historical documents in the Institute and visit the Naked Spaces exhibit in the gallery.
February 1 LECTURE: Sex Research and Real Life
Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman will deliver a lecture at the IU School of Public Health on Friday, February 1st, 2013. 11:45-12:45, Room 125. The subject of her lecture will be "Sex Research and Real Life: Embracing Complexity."
Call for Artists for 2013 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
Online application form availablehere » Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. The 2013 Juried Art Show will be exhibited at the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University from May 17 - July 13, 2013. For more information about the KI Juried Art Show, please visit the Juried Art Show website here »
Brain Study on New Mothers and Stress
Researchers at The Kinsey Institute and the University of Zurich have found that new mothers react less to external stresses than other women do. New mothers shown disturbing images showed less brain activity than childless women in the study. Researchers believe that postpartum changes in levels of oxytocin may be involved; childless women given oxytocin via nasal spray displayed brain patterns similar to the new mothers. Read the press release »
Naked Spaces Opens in the KI Gallery Naked Spaces: Architecture in Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection appears in the Kinsey Institute Gallery through April 5th. Drawing on the Kinsey Institute's permanent collections, this exhibition investigates the ways artists manipulate architectural representation to communicate ideas about sex, gender, and the erotic.
Contribute to Sex Research in New Online Study
Kinsey Institute Fellow Dr. Justin Garcia has a new online study on romantic relationships and sexual behavior. You can participate in the study at this link » Participation is confidential.
Director Julia Heiman honored as Fellow of AAAS
Dr. Julia Heiman has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science "for distinguished contributions to research on human sexuality and for inspired leadership in the field of sex research."
Fall 2012 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Fall issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » Important new donations to the Kinsey Library and Archives, call for student grants, Chaz Bono visits IU, and more.
Applications Open for 2013 John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology was established to support graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. For more information about the Fellowship and application process, please visit the John Money Fellowship webpage »
Deadline for submission is January 18, 2013.
Two Fall Exhibits Open in KI Gallery A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners presents photography a a means of exploring the partnership of an artist and their loved one through the creation of art. Gender Expressions uses materials from the Kinsey Institute collections to illustrate the various ways that people express or challenge their gender identity. Both exhibits run September 28 - December 20 in the gallery »
New Review Article Looks At Latest Research on Hook-Up Culture
A team of researchers, including Kinsey Fellow Dr. Justin R. Garcia, reviewed recent research on sexual hook-up culture and found that "these encounters are becoming increasingly normative among adolescents and young adults in North America, representing a marked shift in openness and acceptance of uncommitted sex." Published in Review of General Psychology » Read the press release here »
Apply for Kinsey Student Research Grants
Fulltime graduate students from a wide-array of disciplines are eligible for Kinsey research grants. Deadline is Nov 10, 2012.More info>>
Kinsey Institute Fall Events at Indiana UniversitySept. 25: Circle of 6 App: A Presidential Approach: Stopping Sexual Violence Before it Happens Oct. 4: Chaz Bono at the IU Auditorium Oct. 3-5: Booksale, Kinsey library These and more Fall events here »
Research, Activism, and Social Change:Sexuality 2012 in Seattle You are cordially invited to attend this elegant, gourmet dinner and intriguing panel discussion with key leadership from The Kinsey Institute, Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, Pride Foundation, and Tor Project – four influential nonprofits that are transforming the landscape of sexuality, behavioral science, and personal freedom. More information and ticket details on the Sexuality 2012 event page here »
Volunteer Needed in the Kinsey Library
DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS:
Volunteer needed in The Kinsey Institute Library to help with temporary project shifting books in the stacks. Must handle material with care, be able to lift, bend, and push, able to work independently and as part of a team, and show accurate attention to detail. Must be comfortable with the subject of human sexuality and maintain confidentiality.
HOURS: 2-6 hours per week during the hours of 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday
CONTACT: Email resume to:
Shawn C. Wilson
Library Public Services Manager
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction email@example.com
New Tattoo Art Show Opens in the Kinsey Institute Gallery
Ephemeral Ink features depictions of tattoos and tattooing that provide a glimpse into the evolution of tattooing style and technique over the course of a hundred years. Individuals from many walks of life and of all ages have had their bodies marked with needle and ink, for both personal and professional reasons. In the gallery July 9 - September 21, 2012.
Juried Art Show Opens May 18 at Grunwald Gallery of Art
The 2012 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show will be on display May 18-July 21 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University. Jurors Louise Lippincott of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Betsy Stirratt of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University, and Catherine Johnson-Roehr from The Kinsey Institute, have selected over 100 artworks to display of the several hundred entries recieved from around the world. More information at the Juried Art Show site »
Spring 2012 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Spring issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » New sexual violence study, the 2012 Juried Art Show, visitors to the Institute, and more.
In the Gallery: Man As Object: Reversing the Gaze
Showing April 13 - June 29, 2012. Man as Object presents works of art that examine the visibility of men and masculinity from female/feminist/transgender perspectives. Organized by Karen Gutfreund, Priscilla Otani, and Brenda Oelbaum for the Women’s Caucus for Art with Tanya Augsburg, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University, as Juror.
New Study Examines Role of Ethnicity in Risky Sexual Behavior
The study examined ethnicity as a factor in sexual behaviors and sexual risk-taking among four ethnic groups. Results were mixed with ethnicity acting a moderating role in some sexual behaviors and not others.
Kinsey Institute Director Julia Heiman is a co-author of the study. Read the study (pdf) »
Study Takes Global Perspective on Condom Use
Members of the Kinsey Institute's Condom Use Research Team looked at condom use errors and problems worldwide. The study appears in the special global condom use issue of Sexual Health. Read the study »
CURT Edits Special Condom Issue of Sexual Health Journal
Members of the Kinsey Institute's Condom Use Research Team (CURT) have been invited to edit a special issue of Sexual Health highlighting global issues of condom use. For more on the special issue, see our newsletter article »
'Had Sex' Article Among 5% Most-Cited
The study by Kinsey Institute researchers Dr. Stephanie Sanders and Brandon Hill, and co-authors Dr. William Yarber, Dr. Cynthia Graham, Dr. Robin Milhausen, and Dr. Rick Crosby asked participants what they meant by the term 'had sex.' The article is among the top 5% most-cited articles published in Sexual Health over the last two years. You can read more about the "Had Sex" study here »
2012 John Money Fellowship Awardee Announced
Graduate student Eli Vitulli has been awarded the 2012 John Money Fellowshop for Scholars of Sexology. This award was established in 2002 to support graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute. Vitulli is investigating the history of incarceration and criminilization of non-gender conforming and transgender individuals in the United States across the twentieth century. Read more about the new Money Fellow and his research »
2012 Student Research Grant Winners Announced
Our 2012 awardees are examining issues of HIV/AIDS and its effect on marital relations, how infertility affects couples sexually and emotionally, the biochemistry of 'pillow talk', and how asexuality is defined as alternative gender identity and as sexual dysfunction. Read more »
Winter 2012 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Winter issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » Unveiling the new digitization lab, announcing student research grant & John Money Fellowship awardees, Dr. Vitzthum recognized by AAAS, a new postdoc fellow and more.
Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum Honored By AAAS
Kinsey Institute Senior Scientist and bio-anthropologist Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum has been named as a new Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished contributions to science. You can read more about Dr. Vitzthum's research here »
Masters and Johnson Archives Come to Kinsey Institute
Virginia Johnson and her family have donated the rich collection of correspondence, research papers, media coverage, books, paintings, awards and more from this pioneering research team of the 20th century.
Applications Open for 2012 Juried Art Show
The Kinsey Institute is accepting applications from all artists 18 years of age and older with artworks that explore sexuality, eroticism, gender, reproduction, romantic relationships, the politics of sex & gender, or the human figure.Artists can apply online here » Application deadline is February 6, 2012. You can read more about the Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show here »
Fall 2011 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Fall issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » New Masters & Johnson archives in the KI Library, a donation of photographs from the Mapplethorpe Foundation, fall research conferences, and more.
Seeking Couples for Internet Survey
Kinsey Institute researchers have begun a new study on couples and marital counseling. If you are a couple who have attended couples/marital counseling together in the past or are currently in couples/marital counseling, we invite to participate in this study. You must be 18 to participate. Details are availabe on our Research Opportunities page »
Applications Open For 2012 John Money Fellowship
Could you make use of the library and archives of The Kinsey Institute for your research? Graduate students from a wide-range of disciplines who are based at U.S. universities may be eligible for this fellowship. Apply by Dec. 22, 2011.
Apply for 2012 Student Research Grants
Sexuality research grants are awarded annually to support significant and innovative research in human sexuality. Emerging scholars from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives are invited to apply. Applications are due November 1, 2011.
New Study Examines Hormonal Birth Control and Women's Sexual Experience
A new study led by Nicole Smith, from IU's Center for Sexual Health Promotion, with co-researchers Kristen N. Jozkowski, at the University of Arkansas; and Stephanie A. Sanders, of The Kinsey Institute, examined how newer forms of hormonal contraception affect things such as arousal, lubrication and orgasm, and found that they could still hamper important aspects of sexuality despite the family planning benefits and convenience. Smith is presenting the study findings Monday, Oct 31st at the 2011 meeting of the American Public Health Association. You can read more about the study in this press release »
Newest Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our late summer issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » In this issue: the international couples study, the challenge of preserving the complexity of research results in news reporting, new video of the Juried Art Show and artist interviews, and a peek at photography by Len Prince that will be on exhibit in late October.
Bisexuality Response Study Leads To New Discussions
In a study published earlier this year, researchers Jerome Cerny and Erick Janssen found that bisexual men have unique patterns of sexual arousal, compared to heterosexual or homosexual men. A new article in the NY Times discusses this and a new study on bisexuality from Northwestern University researchers. Read the article in the NY Times and the original study (PDF).
New Video: Researchers Mark & Janssen Discuss Infidelity Study
Senior Scientist Dr. Erick Janssen interviews IU grad student and researcher Kristen Mark on the recent study on infidelity in heterosexual couples. They discuss the layout of the study, how results were measured, and the most interesting findings. View the video now on Youtube »Read the original study (PDF) »
New Video: 2011 Juried Art Show Opening Reception
Our new video features artwork and interviews with artists at the opening night reception of the 2011 Juried Art Show. View the video now on YouTube »
Limited Public Tours and Access This Fall
The Kinsey Institute is undergoing construction this fall which will limit public access until mid-October. The Kinsey Institute Gallery will be closed from September 3 to October 24, and there will be no public tours until November. We invite you to follow our news on the website, or through Facebook and Twitter, and we look forward to welcoming visitors again in late October.
International Study Released of Sexual Satisfaction & Relationship Happiness in Midlife
Involving 1,009 couples in five countries, this is the first study to examine sexual and relationship parameters of middle-aged and older couples in committed relationships of 1–51 years duration. Read thepress release » Read the study (PDF) »
Storytellers Exhibit Re-Opens Until September 2nd
Construction work on the Institute progressed faster than expected, and we are pleased to announce that Storytellers will re-open until the original closing date of September 2nd. Catch it while you can!
No Public or Self-guided Tours Available Aug 1-5
Due to construction and in interest in public safety, public access to the Kinsey Institute will be unavailable or extremely limited until later in Fall 2011. We recommend that if you are interested in visiting, you call first to check what is available. As soon as possible, we will reinstitute our open hours feature. We will post updates as available.
Storytellers Closing July 29th Due to Construction
Due to construction work and an interest in public safety, public access to the Kinsey Institute will be unavailable or very limited until later in the fall. Accordingly, we are closing Storytellers on July 29th, 2011, rather than September 2nd as previously announced. We apologize for the inconvenience. As soon as possible, we will reinstitute our open hours, and announce new dates for our fall exhibits. Visit the Kinsey Institute Gallery page for more updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this important construction project.
Storytellers Extended Through September 2nd
The Kinsey Gallery exhibition Storytellers, originally scheduled to close July 15th, is being extended through Friday, September 2nd. Visit our Gallery Page for information on Storytellers, and upcoming fall exhibits.
New Study Released on Infidelity in Heterosexual Couples
The study findings suggest that sexual personality characteristics and, for women, relationship factors are more relevant to the prediction of sexual infidelity than demographic variables like marital status or religiosity. Read the study (PDF) »
Storytellers Exhibit Featured In Online Gallery Selections from the latest Kinsey Gallery show, Storytellers, are now available for viewing in our online gallery. Storytellers features story-driven artworks from the Kinsey collections including pulp fiction, comics, and pillowbooks. The physical show is on display in the Kinsey Institute Gallery until July 15, 2011.
KI Scientist Analyzes Research on Sexual Arousal in Men Dr Erick Janssen has written an article in Hormones and Behavior discussing current descriptions and models of sexual arousal, analyzing the connections between sexual desire and sexual arousal, and the role of genital feedback in assessing sexual arousal. An abstract is available from Science Direct » (A subscription is required to view the full article.)
Spring Issue of Kinsey Today Available Online
The annual Juried Art Show, research updates, progress on the digitization project, and more »
John Money Fellowship Awardees Announced
Graduate students Jill Weinberg and Anastasia Jones have jointly been awarded the 2011 John Money Fellowshop for Scholars of Sexology. This award was established in 2002 to support graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute. Weinberg is investigating how social forces influence the medical category of Gender Identity Disorder (GID); Jones is examining the depiction of desire between women in the interwar period (1920-1940) in the U.S. Read more about the new Money Fellows and their research »
Andrew Bratton Joins Kinsey Staff As New Associate Director of Development
Andrew “Drew” Bratton comes to the Kinsey Institute from the USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC), where he was the Competition’s Executive Director since 2009. He has worked with numerous non-profit arts organizations in Indiana and Illinois, planning, producing and marketing shows and events. Welcome!
2011 Student Research Grant Winners Announced
Our 2011 awardees are examining issues of sexual coercion, how sexual identity is developed among sexual minorities and sex workers, and how sexual arousal interacts with sexual orientation and decision-making. Read more »
Postdoctoral Fellowships now available in Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity
Indiana University invites applications post-doctoral traineeships to be supported by NICHD via a training grant called 'Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity.' We especially welcome applicants who are interested in addressing these questions in humans and who seek cross-disciplinary training that will enrich and deepen their work. More information is available online, and interested applicants are encouraged to contact possible faculty mentors.
Researching Sexual Predators and the Media - New KI Presents Podcast
2010 John Money Fellow and grad student Bradley Lane discusses his research into sexual predators, and how the media shapes our perception of sexual violence. You can listen to the podcast here »
New Photography Book Benefits The Kinsey Institute
Members of the private photography group f-eleven have collaborated on a book of featuring 190 fine art photographs, including fine art nudes. 100% of the profits from sales of the book will benefit The Kinsey Institute. The book, f-eleven volume 3, is available in softcover and hardcover at Blurb »
Private Eyes Curators Release Exhibition Catalog
Curators Betsy Stirratt, Blaise Cronin & Garry Milius have written a catalog documenting this unique exhibit of home-made and amateur artifacts. Revisit the Private Eyes show »
Kinsey Institute Administrative Secretary Pat Lacy Receives Local Honor
Congratulations to Pat Lacy, recognized by the Bloomington Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Most Valuable Front-Line Employee of the Year. "Whether first year students at IU, a class from Ohio, IU conference attendees, alumni, or interested individuals, Pat makes people feel comfortable around a challenging subject, sexuality. In her down-to-earth style, she welcomes everyone, and answers all their questions and concerns with knowledge, honesty and respect.We are proud to have her, in every sense of the word, at our ‘front desk.’" (from the Institute's nomination).
Kinsey Grad Students Among 2011 WISP Award Winners
Congratulations to Kristen Mark, PhD student in Applied Health Science and Kinsey Confidential blogger, and Yvette Hill, PhD student in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Kinsey Institute researcher, for their awards at the 2011 IU Women in Science research conference. You can read more about their research and the WISP awards here »
Winter Issue of Kinsey Today Available Online
Student research grant winners, new fellowship opportunities, video & film from the Kinsey Collections and more »
CURT Team Presents 10 Years of Condom Research on World AIDS Day
The Condom Use Research Team (CURT) is a collaborative research team involving The Kinsey Institute, the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP), and affiliated researchers from Canada and the U.K., which as spent over a decade documenting the problems encountered by people using condoms during sex. Members of the team will be presenting highlights from the last 10 years of research on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2010, from 4-5 pm in the Kinsey Institute Conference Room, Morrison Hall, Indiana University.
KI Director Julia Heiman Receives SSSS Award
Dr. Julia Heiman was awarded the 2010 Kinsey Award for her lifetime accomplishments in the field of sex research. The award was presented at the recent annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). You can read more about the award in our newsletter »
Call for Artists for 2011 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
Information and online application form available at the 2011 Juried Art Show website » Deadline for applications is February 14, 2011. The 2011 Juried Art Show will be exhibited at the SoFA Gallery at Indiana University from May 20 - July 30, 2011.
Applications Open for 2011 John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology supports the work of graduate students whose research can benefit from using the collections of The Kinsey Institute. Applications are encouraged from all students enrolled in a graduate program in the United States and whose interests concern the history, politics, methodology of sexology and sexuality studies. Visit the John Money Fellowship page for information and the current application form. Deadline: December 22nd.
Call For Proposals for 2011 KI Student Research Grant Program
Each year, the Kinsey Institute Student Research Grant Program confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and seeks to fund significant and innovative research, from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, that deals with human sexuality. The program is supported by donations from Friends of The Kinsey Institute. Information is now available at http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/research/student_grants.html
IU Grad Student Kathryn Macapagal Receives Research Awards
Kinsey Institute Research Assistant Kathryn Macapagal has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral from the National Institute of Mental Health. She has also been granted the 2010 L. Ochoada Graduate Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, which is awarded to honor the memory of Matias L. Ochoada, a researcher at the IU Cyclotron Facility. Kathryn's research examines visual and internal attentional biases associated with sexual risk behavior in young social drinkers. Her dissertation title is "Self-Regulation & Attentional Mechanisms of HIV/STI Risk Taking in Young Drinkers". She has also been involved in research projects with Kinsey researchers Dr. Erick Janssen and Dr. Julia Heiman on issues of compulsivity and impulsiveness in risky sexual behavior.
Fall Issue of Kinsey Today Now Available Online
A national sex survey, new exhibit in the gallery, student grant & fellowship announcements, October lectures and more »
Bellarmine Professor Looks At Alternative Relationship Models
Dr. Curt Bergstrand will be speaking about "The Tyranny of Two: Are Love and Non-monogamy Incompatible?" on Thursday, October 7th, noon - 1:15 pm. Dr. Curt Bergstrand is the co-author of the research book, Swinging in America: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the 21st Century. He is a Professor of Sociology at at Bellermine University in Kentucky.
Artist Yara Ferreira Clüver Speaks on The Female Body
"The Female Body Transformed Through Experience: Personal Truth, Public Controversy," on Friday, September 10, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Morrison Hall 007. Offered in conjunction with the opening of Nature and Nurture in the Kinsey Institute Gallery. The lecture is free and open to the public.
New KI Presents Podcasts Focus on KI Library and the Condom Use Research Team We've added two new interview to our podcast archives. Liana Zhou, head of the Kinsey Library talks about how the library collections support sex research, and document sexuality in the culture, and the members of the Condom Use Research Team (CURT) share insights into 10+ years of their collaborative research in three countries on issues of condom use. You can listen to the podcasts here »
New Study Examines Alcohol and Sexual Abuse as Factors in Risky Sexual Behavior
Investigators from the University of Washington and The Kinsey Institute found that alcohol and childhood sexual abuse were contributing factors to risky sexual behavior in women. Women in the study who had experienced childhood sexual abuse were significantly less likely to use condoms than women who had not been sexually abused, or experienced abuse in adulthood only. Intoxicated women reported significantly greater sexual arousal, positive mood, and likelihood of risky sex relative to sober women. The study appears in the Archives of Sexual Behavior »
Violinist Joshua Bell Hosts KI Fundraiser
Renowned violinist Joshua Bell opened his New York City loft to host a fundraising event for The Kinsey Institute and honor his father, former KI researcher Dr. Alan Bell. Bell and his mother, Shirley Bell, spoke on the importance of KI research, and the legacy of Dr. Bell. Dr. Alice Ginott spoke about her experience as a college student at IU being interviewed by the Kinsey team. The evening also included a concert by Bell and musical guests, and raised $90,000 to support the Kinsey Institute's mission to advance sexual health and knowledge worldwide. You can read more and see photos of the event in our Summer 2010 newsletter »
Rep. Souder's Resignation Sparks Interest in Sex Research Controversy
News of his infidelity causes Indiana Rep. Mark Souder to resign. KI Researcher Erick Janssen comments on Rep. Souder's situation and why people stray sexually from their marriages. Ironically, Souder had been an opponent of The Kinsey Institute's sex research funding, and of Alfred Kinsey in particular.
KI Researcher Studies Hormonal Variations in Rural Bolivian Men and Women
Senior Scientist Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum is a member of a research team working with indigenous populations in rural Bolivia to investigate the effects of harsh environment and living conditions on the fluctations of hormones in men and women. The team has recently published two studies: one on testosterone levels in the men (available online here), and another on the seasonal variations in conception rates and early pregnancy loss in women (available online here).
New Study to Investigate Hormonal Changes During Peri-Menopause
Dr. Virginia Vitzthum is beginning a ground-breaking study of changes in hormones and health indicators that occur during the peri-menopausal transition in rural Bolivian women. This study will be the first comprehensive examination of such peri-menopausal changes in a non-industrialized population, and the first to test whether these changes differ between industrialized (e.g., U.S.) and non-industrialized populations.
Dr Vitzthum is returning to work with a group she first studied over a decade ago, making her study also the first to evaluate, in the same sample of women, the relationship between hormone levels at the peak of a woman’s reproductive years and those during her transition through menopause. This study is funded through the Faculty Research Support Program from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University.
When Couples Talk About Sexual Matters
A newly published study on sexual communication in relationships examined couples talking about sexual and nonsexual issues, and then looked at whether those interactions could be used to reliably predict relationship satisfaction for the couple.Read more in our newsletter »
Listen to Dr. Erick Janssen, one of the co-authors of the study, speak about "Studying Sexuality in Relationships" (mp3).
Online KI Gift Shop Opens Our new gift shop is open online with a small initial offering of items. Pick up a KI water bottle, T-shirt, or gift bag and support our research mission. We'll be adding new items often, so be sure to check back!
Graduate students honored through Indiana University's Women in Science Colloquium Kathryn Macapagal won first place in the Graduate Student/social science division for her poster, Developing eroticized safe-sex messages to improve condom use attitudes in college men and women. Co-authors are Kassandra Kite and Julia Heiman.
Kristen Mark, Ph.D. student in Applied Health Science and Kinsey Confidential blogger, won 2nd place for her poster: Do you need to be sexually compatible to be satisfied? Results from a sample of couples.
7th Edition of Human Sexuality Textbook Released Dr. William Yarber, a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, is the new lead author of the latest edition of the introductory college textbook, Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America(McGraw-Hill, Seventh ed., 2010, 636 pp.). Dr. Yarber is a Professor of Applied Health Science, Professor of Gender Studies, and Senior Director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University.
New Video Highlights Collections of the KI Library
The video offers a sample of the rich variety of resources contained in the Kinsey Institute Archives and Collections. You can see the video on our Library page >>
New research on Condom Use and Fit and on Definitions of "Had Sex"
Research published this month has public health implications. Read more about these studies in the Winter newsletter »
2010 KI Student Grant Recipients Announced
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grant program confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and seeks to fund significant and innovative research. Six grants are awarded: three to Indiana University students, and three to students from other universities.Read more about the 2010 grant recipients and their research »
New Gallery Exhibit Features Amateur Art Private Eyes: Amateur Art from The Kinsey Institute Collection explores the unique characteristics of homemade erotic artifacts. These one-of-a-kind items, spanning the naively playful and the transgressive, were intended for private consumption and created with specific individuals in mind, unlike mass-produced, commercially distributed pornography. January 22 - April 2, 2010 in the Kinsey Institute Gallery. Read more in the Curators' statement about the show »
Bancroft Makes A Case For Sex Therapy
In the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Senior Research Fellow and former KI Director John Bancroft joins the commentary on sex therapy, and defends the unique potential to help people, beyond general therapy.
("Sex Therapy Needs Building Not Deconstruction" Archives of Sexual Behavior. 38 (6)1028-1030).
Kinsey Institute Researchers Receive 2009 Reiss Theory Award
Kinsey Institute researchers received the 2009 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for their publication, "Women's Scores on the Sexual Inhibition / Sexual Excitation Scales: Gender Similarities and Differences." Co-authors of the paper are Dr. Deanna Carpenter, Dr. Erick Janssen, Dr. Cynthia Graham, Dr. Harrie Vorst, and Dr. Jelte Wicherts. The Sexual Inhibition / Sexual Excitation scales utilise the dual control model of sexual response developed at The Kinsey Institute. You can also hear Dr. Janssen talk about the dual control model in a KI Presents interview >>
Call for Proposals - Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants 2009-2010
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants 2009-2010 confers up to six sexuality research grants to emerging scholars (three at IU, and three at other universities) and seeks to fund significant and innovative research, from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, that deals with human sexuality. Proposals are now being accepted electronically. The deadline for submission of proposal materials has been extended to December 21, 2009. For more information, please visit the Student Research Grant page.
Applications Open for John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology supports the work of graduate students whose research can benefit from using the collections of The Kinsey Institute. Applications are encouraged from all students enrolled in a graduate program in the United States and whose interests concern the history, politics, methodology of sexology and sexuality studies. Visit the John Money Fellowship page for information and the current application form.
New Research Publications Available
Visit this KI newsletter article for a list of some new studies released by Kinsey Institute researchers and affiliated faculty, and a brief look at two new books by KI Associate Scientist Dr. Erick Janssen, and affiliated IU faculty member Dr. Debby Herbenick.
Kinsey Confidential Unveils New Look Kinsey Confidential, our sexuality information service designed for college-age adults, now looks better than ever. The redesigned KC site features current news and research blogs, book reviews, in-depth information on sex and gender topics, and questions and answers provided through podcasts and a weekly syndicated newspaper column. www.kinseyconfidential.org
KI Scientists Receive Grant for Postpartum Depression Research
A research team headed by KI Assistant Scientist Dr. Heather Rupp has recieved a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the mechanisms behind postpartum depression. Postpartum depression affects 10-15% of new mothers and can interfere with their ability to care for their babies and themselves. You can read more about the project in our Spring Newsletter, and view a slideshow of a study brain-imaging session in our Summer Newsletter.
Kinsey Institute Events During Sexploration Week
October 26th to 29th is Sexploration Week at IU, and the Kinsey Institute is hosting and sponsoring a variety of events, including lectures by author and sex resea rcher Dr. Debby Herbenick and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, as well as an afternoon featuring Kinsey Institute sex researchers answering questions and getting audience participation in Sex Research LIVE!Visit our Events page for more information »
Heather Rupp appointed Assistant Scientist Dr. Rupp, formerly postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University, now joins the staff as a full researcher. Welcome, Heather!
KI Director Honored by World Association for Sexual Health
Dr. Julia Heiman was awarded the WAS Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement for her continuing contributions to sexology and
sexual health. Dr. Eusebio Rubio-Aurioles, President of WAS, noted, "Dr. Julia Heiman is known to
anyone remotely associated with the field of human sexuality. . . she has shown an unwavering
attention to scientific rigor in addressing sexual health issues." Dr. Heiman accepted the award at the 19th World Congress for Sexual Health in Goteborg, Sweden, where she spoke on "Researching Women's Sexual Health:
A Social Responsibility."
Kinsey Institute Interdisciplinary Seminar "May I?" On love and sexuality in a new generation of young people with intellectual disabilities Lecture by Charlotta Löfgren-Mårtenson, Senior Lecturer in Health and Society, Malmö University, Sweden.
Kinsey Institute Conference Room, Morrison Hall, Indiana University.
Student Research Grantees announced
Students from Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Florida, and University of Texas receive support for research as 2009 Kinsey Institute awardees.
NY Times Magazine article - What Women Want
In Sunday's New York Times Magazine (1/25/2009), Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman and former Director Dr. John Bancroft provide perspective on researching women's sexual desire and arousal.
Women's Sexual Satisfaction Varies with Choice of Contraceptive Method A new study on women's experience of various contraceptive methods, co-authored by Drs. Jenny Higgins, Suzie Hoffman, KI researchers Drs. Stephanie Sanders and Cynthia Graham, and published in Sexual Health, reports
that many women think condoms undermine sexual enjoyment, but those using hormonal contraceptives and condoms in tandem report
higher sexual satisfaction. The study demonstrates that women's perception of sexual satisfaction incorporates factors in addition to
sexual enjoyment, suggesting that questions about contraception and women's sexuality could benefit from more attention
from researchers. View a copy of the study (PDF).
Men defy stereotypes in defining masculinity Contrary to stereotypes about sexual performance and masculinity, men interviewed in a large international study reported that being seen as honorable, self-reliant and respected was more important to their idea of masculinity than being seen as attractive, sexually active or successful with women. Complete Press release
Read the original research paper from Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Kinsey Institute Library Announces New Student Fellowship The inaugural John Money Fellowship for Students of Sexology will be awarded in 2009. The fellowship will give one or two graduate
students the opportunity to pursue their own research at the Kinsey Institute Library, as well as participate in the
development, preservation, or advancement of the KI Library Collections. The application deadline is December 22, 2008.
More details and application guidelines can be found on the John Money Fellowship page.
Pre-Revolutionary Queer Opens at KI Gallery October 24th On June 27, 1969 a riot broke out at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. For the police it was a
routine raid on a gay bar, but this time the patrons decided to resist, setting off three days of protest
that are now credited with launching the modern gay rights movement. Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture
Before Stonewall brings together a diverse collection of artwork, photographs, rare newsletters,
magazines, and books from the Institute’s archives to document the existence of a vibrant but largely
underground LGBT culture in the United States and Europe prior to the Stonewall rebellion. Pre-Revolutionary
Queer opens in the KI Gallery October 24, 2008 with a public reception from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This event
is free and open to the public.
Announcing The Kinsey Institute 2008-2009 Student Grants Every year, The Kinsey Institute confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars through the
The Kinsey Institute Grant-in-Aid program, which will award funding to three graduate students at Indiana University, and to three graduate students enrolled
at other US universities. Students interested in applying can find submission details in the Call for
New Book Highlights Current HIV/STD Research and Prevention
The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) has published it seventh monograph dealing with
HIV/STD prevention and research in rural communities. Numerous Kinsey Institute researchers and affiliated faculty
are contributors to these studies. Copies of the articles are on the RCAP website. Free copies of the monograph are also available from RCAP.
KI Library Director Recognized by American Library Association We are pleased to announce that Liana Zhou, Director of the Kinsey Library and Archives, is the
recipient of the 2008 Equality Award from the American Library Association. This award recognizes outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. Ms. Zhou is also a former president of the Chinese American Librarians Association, and has been the recipient of two prestigious awards from the Chinese American Librarians Association – the Distinguished Services Award (2006) and the President’s Award (2004).
KI Midsummer Open House and Reception on July 31st
The Friends of the Kinsey Institute invite you to a Midsummer Open House to be held at the home of
The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana. The event will include tours of the Institute, a talk from KI Director
Dr. Julia Heiman, and the opportunity to meet and chat with Institute researchers and supporters. Food from Lennie's and FARMbloomington will be served in the courtyard, accompanied by local beer and wines from the Bloomington Brewing Company and Oliver Winery. For full details, visit the
Midsummer Open House page >>
60 Years of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
In January 1948, Dr. Kinsey and his research staff released the first volume of their monumental study of human sexuality, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, a book destined to change America's understanding of sexuality and sexual activity. You can read more about contemporary reactions to Kinsey's research from the public and in the media here>>
Some Men are from Mars, Others from Venus
A study by researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University which appears in the April issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior finds that men
report a variety of different experiences involving sexual desire and arousal. Read more in the press release >>
The 2008 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show at the KI Gallery
This multi-media show features photographs, sculptures, paintings, textiles, and mixed media pieces
submitted by artists from across the United States, Canada and England and explores a range of topics including eroticism, body image, motherhood, gender, and the human
figure. For more information visit our gallery page >>
HPV vaccine -- what's a parent to do?
The results of a telephone survey conducted by the Rural Center on AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University and released in the Health Education
Monograph reveal that survey respondents were three times as likely to oppose a mandatory HPV vaccine for children if they also believed it would encourage youth
to have sex. Read more about the study in IU Health and Wellness Tips News Room here.
Long-Term Effects of Cancer Treatment on Women's Sexual Function Examined
KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman is one of the investigators in a new study released in Blood which examines the recovery of sexual
function and any residual problems in a group of female cancer patients 5 years after their treatment with cell transplantation (HCT). You can read
the article online at the Blood Journal website. The study is also the subject of the journal's editorial, which you can also read here.
New Study Examines Applicability of SIS/SES to Women KI Scientist Erick Janssen and KI Research Fellow Cynthia Graham are among the co-authors of a new study
published in the Journal of Sex Research which attempts to determine whether the SIS/SES scale of factors of
sexual inhibition and arousal, originally developed for men, is also applicable to women. The SIS/SES scale is
based on the dual-control model of sexuality developed at The Kinsey Institute. You can visit the Journal of Sex Research website here.
KI Partners with Public Radio for Sexual Health Information In partnership with WFUI, the NPR station at Indiana University, The Kinsey Institute is producing
3-minute Kinsey Confidential podcasts on a range of topics from anatomy and
conception to concerns about sexual functioning and relationships, hosted by sex educator Dr. Debby Herbenick. You can find more information,
listen to current podcasts, and read new and archived Q&A at
www.kinseyconfidential.org. The podcasts are also available through the NPR Podcast directory, on iTunes, or at the Kinsey Confidential
NPR Marks 60th Anniversary of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male To mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first "Kinsey Report:" Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, the NPR show "The Story" has aired "Answering Dr. Kinsey," an interview with Alice Ginott Cohn, a psychotherapist who was interviewed by Dr. Kinsey as a psychology student at Indiana University
in the mid-1940s. Dr. Cohn recounts her impressions of Alfred Kinsey, the interview process, and the
enduring legacy of this groundbreaking scientific study. You can listen to the interview on the "The Story" website here or download the podcast here (mp3).
KI Photo Exhibit Opens at IU Northwest Expressive Bodies: Contemporary Art Photography from The Kinsey Institute opens Monday, February 11th at the
Gallery for Contemporary Art at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN. Events include a slide lecture
by Professor Claude Cookman, Journalism, Indiana University - Bloomington, who co-curated the show with
Kinsey Institute Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr. Further details can be found on The Kinsey Institute Gallery
KI Announces Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexual & Reproductive Health A new 1-2 year postdoctoral position at The Kinsey Institute. Fellow responsibilities will include research initiation and collaboration on several projects involving sexual health and methods (approximately 80%) and assessment/treatment (20%) of individuals and couples with a broad array of sexual complaints and relationship distress. See full job description here (PDF).
What Effect Do Erectile-Enhancing Drugs Have on Men Who Use Condoms? KI announces a new online survey to collect information concerning condom use errors and problems of men using condoms for penile-vaginal intercourse and the effects erectile-enhancing drugs may have on them. The study is open to men over the age of 18 who have used a condom for vaginal intercourse with a woman within the past 30 days. Click here to participate in this or another Kinsey Institute study.
New Study Tests SESI Model for Predicting Sexual Problems in Women A new paper published in Archives of Sexual Behavior by KI researchers Dr Stephanie Sanders
and Dr. Cynthia Graham, with co-author Dr. Robin Milhausen, suggests that the Sexual Excitation/Sexual Inhibition model of sexual behavior, developed at
The Kinsey Institute, may prove a useful predictor of sexual difficulties in women.
Read the article here (pdf).
You can also read more about the dual control model of sexual response on our website
"Women of Pleasure" Opens in KI Gallery Friday, January 18th There will be a special screening of rarely-seen erotic films from The Kinsey Institute archives on Thursday, January 17th, from
8:00-9:30 pm at the Community and Leadership Development Center in the Read Center, IU. The screening
will include a discussion facilitated by Sarah Sinwell from IU’s Gender Studies Department. This event is free.
Call for Artists for 2008 Juried Erotic Art Show
The Kinsey Institute Gallery is now accepting submissions for its upcoming annual Juried Art Show.
All works chosen by the jury will be exhibited in The Kinsey Institute Gallery, April 11-July 25, 2008.
The deadline for entries is January 28, 2008. For more information and to download
the PDF brochure, please see our gallery page here.
KI Researcher Erick Janssen Publishes New Book: The Psychophysiology of
Dr. Erick Janssen presents papers and essays representing the cutting edge of sexual
psychophysiology, from the methods themselves to how these methods can help improve our understanding
of sexual aggression, sexual dysfunction, sexual orientation, sexual compulsivity or 'addiction', and
the basics of sexual arousal and desire. Read newsletter article here.
KI Gallery Presents Short-term Exhibit by Artist Robb Stone
iGuy (HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot.com) will be on display in the Kinsey Institute Gallery from January 8 - 15, 2008. The show features a collection of photo and text-based collage that explore the erotic world of online social networking.
The artist will give a short gallery talk at 6:00 pm during the opening reception on Friday, January 11.
For more information, please visit the gallery page here.
Jan 11th Panel Discusses Sexuality and Online Relationships
A panel discussion titled “Virtual Connections: Sexuality and Relationships Online” will be held
at 4:00 pm on Friday, January 11, in Morrison Hall 007. Participants will be IU professors Michael
Reece (Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion), Bryant Paul (Department of Telecommunications),
and Brian Dodge (Associate Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion).
Gender Studies Department Announces Three Faculty Positions
The Gender Studies Department at Indiana University is currently conducting searches for a Senior Scholar (advanced associate or full professor), the Peg Zeglin Brand Endowed Chair of Gender Studies, and a Joint Appointment in Gender Studies and the Department of Culture and Communication. For full details on these positions, please visit Gender Studies here.
Dr. Stephanie Sanders Presents Sexual Orientation Workshop in November What makes a person gay or straight? Is there a gay gene? Are hormones involved? Is it how children were raised? How does this all relate to gender? What is a transgender person or a transsexual? Dr. Sanders leads this workshop addressing the question of sexual diversity from a scientific perspective. November 13th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Yes Theatre, Columbus, Indiana. For full details, see PDF flyer here.
Indiana Sexual Health Summit Draws Community Leaders The Sexual Health Summit 2007 was held at Indiana University - Bloomington on October 22, 2007. The first event of its kind gathered leaders from academic, community, corporate, government, philanthropic, and religious institutions across the state to discuss and debate strategies for moving forward to improve the state of sexual health in our state through research, education, and practice. The summit was organized by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University - Bloomington, in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Indiana, the Indiana AIDS Fund, and The Kinsey Institute.
Kinsey Institute Research Panel on October 18th To mark the 60th anniversary of The Kinsey Institute, researchers from The Kinsey Institute will present
current projects and discuss pressing issues in sexual health and sex behavior.
The panel will be held in the auditorium of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The event is free and the public is invited.
Welcome New Faculty Members!
Two new researchers join the Kinsey Institute staff: Dr. Sari van Anders comes to us from Simon Fraser University in Canada where her research centered on hormones and social behavior.
Dr. Heather Bradshaw has been
working in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University on uterine
Kinsey Institute Researchers Participate in First International Congress on Lifespan Sexuality Education
Video interviews are now available online of Kinsey Institute researchers who presented at the conference in Hyderabad, India including Dr. Stephanie Sanders, Kinsey Fellow Dr. Cynthia Graham, Kinsey Affiliate Dr. Debby Herbenick, and Director Emerita, Dr. June Reinisch. Watch videos.
New Faculty Member Wins Young Investigator Award
Our new Assistant Research Scientist, Dr. Sari van Anders has been recognized by the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders was one of six recipients of the Young Investigators Award at the 2007 Young Investigator Symposium on Friday, June 22nd. Dr. van Anders spoke on "Associations between testosterone and partnering in humans."
Dr. Stephanie Sanders Receives Award from SSSS
We are very excited to announce that our Associate Director, Dr. Stephanie Sanders, has been awarded the 2007 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). This award honors professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of sexology. For more details, see the press release here.
KI Researcher John Bancroft's Editorial Featured in New England Journal of Medicine
The latest edition of the NEJM, issued in August, features an editorial by Dr. John Bancroft, former Director of the Kinsey Institute. Dr. Bancroft's editorial, "Sex and Aging," comments on the findings of recent studies into sexual activity among older populations. Click here to read a copy of the editorial.
Kinsey Researchers Contributre to Newly Released Study on Condom Errors Two Kinsey Institute researchers are contributing investigators to a newly-released study about condom use errors: Crosby, R., etal (2007). Men With Broken Condoms: Who and Why?Sexually Transmitted Infections, 83 (1) 71-75. The study seeks to determine how often condoms break, and to identify any condom-specific behaviors associated with breakage.