Kinsey film sugarcoats his record, glosses over child experiments

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The new movie Kinsey, starring Liam Neeson, chronicles the life and work of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey. A sadomasochistic homosexual who solicited data on the molestation of children as young as two months old for his research, Kinsey helped launch the American sexual revolution through his 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.

The movie, which is slated to open on November 12, 2004, was written and directed by Bill Condon, a homosexual activist, and financed by Myriad Pictures. MGM/ United Artists backed out of distributing the film after controversy developed over the movie’s portrayal of Kinsey. Fox Searchlight Pictures is the distributor.

Academy Award-winning actors Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey and Harrison Ford all opted out of starring in the film.

Condon has said of his film, “It does feel like its time to remind people of Kinsey’s ideas, which I think are liberating. I hope there’s an exhilarating feeling you get when you come out of the theater. There would be “no Playboy or Dr. Ruth without [Kinsey’s] liberating effects.” [WorldNetDaily, Feb.]

Kinsey and the kids
According to early reviews, the film barely mentions Kinsey’s recording of child sexuality data, with one young staff member expressing distaste.

Kinsey’s 1948 book and the companion Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953) claim that sexual activity in even very young children is natural, healthy and to be encouraged. In his research, Kinsey recorded children having orgasms during manipulation by adult “partners” and insisted that the children’s “definite pleasure from the situation” was evidenced in their “screams,” “convulsions,” “hysterical weeping,” “fighting,” and “striking the partner (adult)” (Male volume p. 161).

In the Female book’s chapter on “Pre-Adolescent Sexual Development,” Kinsey wrote:

“It is difficult to understand why a child, except for its cultural conditioning, should be disturbed at having its genitalia touched, or disturbed at seeing the genitalia of other persons, or disturbed at even more specific sexual contacts.” (P. 121.)

This research, along with Kinsey’s thousands of sex interviews with adults, became the catalyst for the sexual revolution. From abortion to homosexuality to pornography, Kinsey’s research has been cited as proof that “science” has done away with societal restraints based on religious beliefs. Kinsey’s conclusions paved the way for condom-based sex education in public (and many private) schools and furthered the agenda of pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).

Kinsey’s strange ways
In recent years Kinsey’s research has been exposed as “junk science.” Among other things, he obtained data from illegal sexual experiments on children reported by prison inmates and sex offenders, interviewed thousands of criminals, and redefined “marriage” to include any woman living for a year or more with a man. [ALEC report]

According to Kinsey biographer and former advisor to the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University James H. Jones in his 1997 book Alfred C. Kinsey, A Public/Private Life, Kinsey not only sexually harassed his male students, had sex with all of his male assistants, but also produced pornography in his home. Kinsey’s sex films included his own wife Clara with male staff members and he pressured the employees to include their own wives as well.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, author and radio host, has been speaking out against the film since Condon announced his production goals. “I believe it is the filmmaker’s duty to tell the whole story about Kinsey,” Schlessinger wrote, “and to not be beguiled by the glorified propaganda promulgated by his sex institute in Indiana.” (WorldNetDaily, Feb.)

“Making a movie about this despicable character without including the truth about his sexual perversions, especially his involvement in the sexual abuse of children, would be as ludicrous as making a movie about John Wilkes Booth without including his assassination of President Lincoln,” said Jan LaRue, Concerned Women for America’s chief counsel. “The ongoing tragedy is that courts and legislatures continue to cite this crackpot’s junk science as justification for creating ‘rights’ and decriminalizing sexual offenses.”

Defending his portrayal of Kinsey, Neeson, who starred in Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, says, “These [Kinsey and his research team] are people who stand for something, something that is good to remind audiences of. They had a code of ethics that you perhaps don’t find anymore.” (WorldNetDaily, Dec.)

In an effort to warn Neeson of the folly of his statement, researcher and author Dr. Judith Reisman wrote a letter to the actor urging him to skip the role of an “infamous pedophile propagandist” and provided copies of her books about Kinsey to Neeson’s agent. Reisman told Neeson that the film will place him in “a hideously inaccurate role, much like playing the monster Mengele as a mere controversial figure.”

“Mr. Neeson, an appealing and respected actor like you surely does not wish to be known for celebrating a man who directed massive child sexual abuse,” she wrote. (WorldNetDaily, Dec.)

Neeson issued no response and completed the filming.

~Kara Carlson is an intern with Concerned Women for America.~


Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, (Philadelphia, London: W.B. Saunders Company, 1948).

American Legislative Exchange Council Report, April 2004

Art Moore, WorldNetDaily., February 17, 2003.

Art Moore, WorldNetDaily., December 9, 2002.

James H. Jones, Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1997).

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