The Shame of Alfred Kinsey

from Bayly Blog

(Tim: Titled The Shame of Alfred Kinsey, this ran December 3, 2004 as a guest editorial in Bloomington’s Herald Times.)

The late Allan Bloom was an Indianapolis native who served as professor at University of Chicago. In The Closing of the American Mind, Bloom lamented the destruction divorce caused his students. Noting that parents often used therapists to help their children cope, Bloom wrote, “Psychologists are the sworn enemies of guilt.”

If therapists are the sworn enemies of guilt, sex researchers are the sworn enemies of shame-with IU’s Alfred C. Kinsey leading the pack.

Although hired by IU as a zoologist, in 1938 Kinsey contrived to land a job lecturing engaged and married seniors on “biology.” He ended the course by taking his students’ sexual histories.

Kinsey spent the rest of his academic career conducting these interviews and disseminating the data. He was convinced that publicizing peoples’ private sexual lives would usher in a more peaceful age devoid of shame and inhibition.

But his efforts did not bring the dawn of Aquarian freedom…

Rather, one set of negative consequences was exchanged for another. The fruitful discipline of true morality was exchanged for the fruitless bondage of false morality. The Biblical law codified throughout the Western world over many centuries was exchanged for infinitely smaller and petty laws.

So today, instead of community pressure being brought to bear against adulterers and sodomites, it’s brought to bear against those condemning such crimes. Freedom is shrinking as IU’s diversity advocates and the Bloomington City Council’s Human Rights Commission use shame as a disciplinary tool against innocent souls caught in the act of expressing disapproval of sexual perversion.

Pity the poor widow who conscientiously declines to rent her upstairs apartment to an unmarried couple. She will soon learn what G. K. Chesterton warned of: “When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.”

Motivated by the love of their neighbors, godly citizens work to oppose the sin destroying homes, marriages, and souls, but find their convictions censored and their motives smeared as “hatred.” And the civil authority joins in the oppression by, for instance, using citizens’ tax dollars to provide support for the local baby-killing organization, Planned Parenthood. The biblical prophet, Isaiah, spoke of this day:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; …who are wise in their own eyes (and) take away the rights of the ones who are in the right. (Isaiah 5:20 ff.).

Since Kinsey first began to expose men’s secrets, incest, domestic violence, divorce, the poverty rate of women and children, and deaths due to sexually transmitted diseases have all increased dramatically. But no one seems to notice. At the recent Bloomington premier of the biopic, Kinsey, partygoers making a donation of $1,000 were granted the privilege of hobnobbing with the filmmakers at a private reception where Kinsey was feted.

When the Kinsey Report was released in 1948, noted anthropologist Margaret Mead critiqued it:

In every society sex patterns depend on a careful and meticulous balance between ignorance and knowledge, sophistication and navet. (The Kinsey Report) has upset the balance …between the things we don’t mention, and the things we do. And it may be expected to have considerable effect in our society for that reason. Quite a good deal of our virtue has depended upon people not knowing what other people were doing… In the past, it was said, “It is better to marry than to burn.” Now we translate (the verse), “It is better to have an outlet of some sort, because you’ve got to have an outlet of some sort.” …so it’s just a question of which outlet and (Kinsey) suggests no way of choosing between a woman and a sheep. (Footnote 1)

Two weeks ago the following invitation was circulated here at Indiana University:

SLAG is pleased to announce that Will Stockton will be presenting “The Normalization of Bestiality: Kinsey’s Analysis of Human Sexual Contact with Animals” …at the next brown-bag colloquium (Friday, November 19 at 12:10 pm in Indiana University’s Ballantine Hall, Room 221). (Stockton’s paper) explores Alfred Kinsey’s assertion that bestiality, rather than being “a strange perversion of human affection,” is actually “part of the normal mammalian picture” of human psychosexual development.

Kinsey was no hero. Those who think he was demonstrate no love, but hatred of sexuality’s God-given beauty. So now we’ve arrived at the day when men no longer know why they ought to choose a woman instead of a sheep.

And the band plays on.

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Footnote 1: Margaret Mead, “An Anthropologist Looks at the Kinsey Report,” in Child and Family, vol. 18, no. 4, 1979; pp. 294-303.

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