The message of the book, Kinsey, Sex and Fraud, is essentially the same as that in The Emperor’s New Clothes: The work of some experts isn’t necessarily reality-based, what these experts tell the public isn’t necessarily so, and people will do amazing things to keep from being scorned by the experts. The authors of Kinsey, Sex and Fraud take on the role of the little boy from the Emperor’s New Clothes and say simply, “Kinsey was a fraud.”
The research of Alfred Kinsey and associates on the sexual attitudes and practices of American society is scrutinized in this book, with the major premise being that Kinsey and company, even though supposed experts in their field, deceived the public with information from faulty research. This information was presented to the public with the bind that only a “repressed and prudish society” would not accept these “facts.” This information was subsequently used in the establishment of norms and policies that have had and will most likely continue to impact American social and sexual values. The authors include a warning early in their book that the reader must be willing to “suspend disbelief” in order to accept what is offered because the statistics generated by Kinsey and refuted by this book are so deceitful and erroneous. It is difficult to believe that the research conducted by Alfred Kinsey and his associates contained in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953) continues to be accepted and taught by sex educators 40 years later rather than being rejected for the misrepresentation that it is.
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