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This winter, there's been a rise in interest in the Kinsey Heterosexual/Homosexuality Rating Scale or "KInsey Scale" in media and popular culture, ranging from mentions in television programs to blog entries, to surveys and polls in online chat forums.

You will find highlights of that media coverage below, as well as news articles on other Kinsey Institute research. More complete and updated list is on the Media page »

Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman was featured in the New York Times Sunday Review, January 22, 2012.

"Talking with Julia Heiman" is a brief and personal interview on what Dr. Heiman's reading, watching, and pondering...

Dr. Justin R. Garcia, our new CTRD postdoctoral fellow, participated in the development of the 2nd Singles in America Study conducted by the online dating site, Match.com. The study is popular with newspapers and blogsites looking for attention-grabbing headlines.

PR Newswire, February 2, 2012. "Match.com Releases Its Second Annual Comprehensive Study on Singles." Match.com press release.

IU News Room, February 2, 2012. "Cupid's Political Inclinations." Indiana Univeristy press release.

USAToday.com, February 2, 2012. "Many singles looking for love, not marriage."

The Daily Beast, February 2, 2012. "Republicans Have More Orgasms, According to Match.com Sex Survey."

You read more about Dr. Garcia's research in this issue's article, Welcome Justin R. Garcia »

The Kinsey Heterosexual/Homosexuality Rating Scale appears steadily in online mentions, but the fall of 2011 saw an upsurge in its popularity.

With a mention by a character in a popular TV show, "Revenge", and a high-profile parody in the New Yorker magazine, the 'Kinsey Scale' popped up in many more blog posts and forum discussions, as well as offhand references in newspaper articles and posts.

Kinsey Confidential blogger Eric Grollman explained the significance and use of the scale to a new public in his Kinsey Confidential blogpost.

Revenge (ABC), Nov 2, 2011. "Charade."
In this episode, in response to a comment from Tyler, Nolan responds, "Ah, ambiguous sexual identity, I get it. I'm about a three on the Kinsey scale.” This episode spawned numerous entertainment news blog and forum posts discussing the character's sexuality and what the rating meant.

The New Yorker, Dec 12, 2011. "Pick A Number."
Columnist Paul Rudnick creates an expanded comic version of the Kinsey Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale. This comic article was very popular and spawned a variety of blog and website replies and commentaries.

Bisexual.com, Nov 4, 2011. "Where Do You Fall On The Kinsey Scale?"
A forum poll on Bisexual.com leading to a discussion of the fluidity of sexuality, and how to best measure that. Participants also commented on what they liked or disliked about the 0-6 rating style of the Kinsey Scale. This is typical of the many forum posts mentioning the Kinsey Scale. especially in the wake of the Revenge TV episode.

Slate.com, Jan 30, 2012. "Homemade Infographic: What were the gayest (and straightest) Super Bowl halftime shows?"
A comedic rating article uses Kinsey Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale to rate halftime shows from past Super Bowl broadcasts on their (assumed) sexuality. Features a hand-drawn infographic.

More information on The Kinsey Homosexuality-Heterosexuality Rating Scale »


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