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  Kinsey scale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Kinsey scale attempts to measure an individual's sexual orientation, from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual), in terms of the biological sex of their former sexual partners.
It was first published in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) by Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others, and was also prominent in the complementary work Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953).
Kinsey himself assumed that there were only four orientations: homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, and asexual; compare sexual orientation for examples of more complex views, and Homosexuality and transgender for a discussion on the problems of the terms homo- and heterosexual.
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 Kinsey Reports - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kinsey was a zoologist at the Indiana University at Bloomington and the founder of the Institute for Sex Research.
Kinsey reported that most American males fell in the 1 to 2 range of the scale and that a large majority appeared to be at least somewhat bisexual (in the 1 to 5 range).
In a response to these criticisms, Paul Gebhard, Kinsey's successor as director of the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, spent years "cleaning" the Kinsey data of its purported contaminants, removing, for example, all material derived from prison populations in the basic sample.
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Kinsey was not the first or the last to observe that "homosexual" is a label society has invented to stigmatize and control the behavior.
Kinsey felt that the high incidence of homosexual activity among males of high school education was of particular importance: "These are the males who most often condemn the homosexual, most often ridicule and express disgust for such activity, and most often punish other males for their homosexuality.
Kinsey concluded his chapter on homosexuality in the "Male" volume with this paragraph: "If all persons with any trace of homosexual history, or those who were predominantly homosexual, were eliminated from the population today, there is no reason for believing that the incidence of the homosexual in the next generation would be materially reduced.
www.ncf.carleton.ca /ip/sigs/life/gay/study/kinsey   (1832 words)

 Kinsey Reports: Are They Relevant Today? Male & Female Human Sexual Behavior
Kinsey came from a background in the physical sciences and didn't make moral judgments on the gall wasps, that one was better than another.
For this purpose, the University of Indiana and Kinsey assembled a team of scholars, researchers and associates who crossed all of the specialties involved and who were trained in a broad diversity of disciplines, including both the physical and social sciences such as biology, mathematics, psychology, sociology and anthropology.
Perhaps Kinsey's most valuable accomplishment was that, in an authoritarian age with a rising conflict between the religious and secular segments, he reaffirmed the rational pragmatic values of experimental science in a field of human existence previously given over to dogma and fear.
www.doctorg.com /kinsey.htm   (3623 words)

 The Kinsey Candor Scale: Bush a Perfect 6   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kinsey said, there were two participants in the homosexual act, for example, the fellator and the fellatee.
Kinsey’s was one of the landmark movements in the nation’s acceptance of homosexuality.
Kinsey’s liberating candor is underscored with sudden intensity by the lesbian character played by Lynn Redgrave at the end of the movie.
www.gaycitynews.com /gcn_352/thekinnseycandorscale.html   (917 words)

 The Kinsey Institute - Reference - Bibliographies - Homosexuality [Related Resources]
Kinsey's samples are best for younger adults, particularly the college-educated; they are poorest for minorities and those from lower socioeconomic and educational levels.
Kinsey's data came from in-depth, face-to-face interviews (with 5300 white males and 5940 white females providing almost all of the data).
Tabulations by Gebhard (McWhirter 1990) on Kinsey's basic sample of noninstitutionalized males and females indicated that "13.95% of males and 4.25% of females, or a combined average of 9.13%" had had either "extensive" or "more than incidental" homosexual experience.
www.indiana.edu /~kinsey/resources/bib-homoprev.html   (1923 words)

 lgbt kinsey report at_ohio university
The pioneering work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his associates is still referred to in much of the current literature on LGBT issues.
Instead of picturing sexual orientation as an either/or issue, Kinsey developed a seven point continuum based on the degree of sexual responsiveness people have for members of the same and opposite sex.
Kinsey suggested that it is necessary to consider a variety of activities in assessing as individual's ranking on the continuum: fantasies, thoughts, dreams, emotional feelings, and frequency of sexual activity.
www.ohio.edu /lgbt/resources/educate_kinsey.cfm   (126 words)

 Salt Lake Metro - Arts & Entertainment: Movies
Kinsey Scale: 1 (Washington is now somewhat notorious for his career advice — which went something like this: never kiss another man onscreen — to a young Will Smith, just as that actor was preparing to play gay in Six Degrees of Separation.
Kinsey Scale: 4 (Co-star Daniel Franzese plays the type of rebellious, chubby, high school gay boy you wish you had had the nerve to be, and co-star Lizzy Caplan is his comrade in popular-kid terrorism — a maybe-lesbian-maybe-not girl named Janis Ian.
Kinsey Scale: 2 (Although there’s no explicitly queer content, it could be argued that the story, with its “love whom you choose” message, is a metaphor for same-sex marriage; in addition, one of Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters (voiced by Larry King) is a man in drag.
slmetro.com /2004/4/movies.shtml   (2312 words)

 UCSB's SexInfo - Kinsey Scale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kinsey believed that homosexuality was much more prevalent than had been previously thought.
Because all of Kinsey’s subjects were volunteers and many were prisoners, his findings were skewed, and his results concerning the incidence of homosexual experience are now thought to be exaggerated.
Kinsey argued that there is a continuum between pure homosexuality and pure heterosexuality.
www.soc.ucsb.edu /sexinfo/print.php?article=activity&refid=031   (224 words)

 AskMen.com - Kinsey
One of the primary findings of Kinsey's study was that heterosexuality and homosexuality were not mutually exclusive; it is far more common to have homosexual inclinations than it is to be entirely hetero.
Kinsey would later be credited as a source of inspiration for the sexual revolution of the '60s, and the institute that he founded continues to operate successfully to this day.
Kinsey was branded a pedophile and molester, and critics took delight in pointing to his own unusual sexual tastes which, according to some biographers, included orgies, homemade pornography, bisexual masochism, self-circumcision, and the insertion of a toothbrush into his own urethra.
www.askmen.com /love/dzimmer_100/121b_love_answers.html   (744 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - The Kinsey Scale - A570098
Alfred Kinsey, a famous sex researcher, created a scale for understanding sexual orientation during his groundbreaking research in the 1940s.
Another problem with Kinsey's use of his own scale was that his studies used past sexual behaviour as the only criteria.
Kinsey's studies found that about 10% of people (13% of men and 7% of women) in his American studies were homosexual.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/alabaster/A570098   (1111 words)

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Kinsey's own scale, which attempted to measure one's degree of homosexuality, is useful as a form of shorthand, less useful as a psychological profile.
Kinsey's success at becoming a media sensation occurred because the culture was ready for such a message, particularly in the flush triumphalism of the post-war years, when everybody was in the mood for cutting loose and enjoying the new freedom created by the war.
I'm not buying the notion that Alfred Kinsey is responsible for all of the ills of society up to and including the heartbreak of psoriasis, as some would have us believe; to me, he's just another name in the history books with more footnotes than he probably deserves.
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Reprinted from "The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality" (New York, 1990)) Soon after Alfred Kinsey began tabulating the sex data he was collecting in the 1940's it became obvious that several new modes of analyzing it would be necessary, both for clarity and to avoid confusion.
For instance, to show how easy and feasible homosexual contacts are for "the human animal" as Kinsey liked to say, it was necessary to determine their incidence -- that is, how many people's sex histories contained at least one such experience to the point of orgasm.
As Kinsey put it, "at least 37% of the male population has some homosexual experience between the beginning of adolescence and old age....
www.qrd.org /qrd/origins/1991/kinsey.scale-10.18.91   (715 words)

Kinsey was the first researcher in this field to distinguish between exclusive homosexuality and bisexuality, and proposed a scale to classify a person's sexuality covering the whole spectrum from exclusive heterosexuality (Kinsey Scale 0) to exclusive homosexuality (Kinsey Scale 6).
An individual's rating is not constant, but may change throughout his or her lifetime, although Kinsey (1948, 1953) showed that by the age of 25 in men and 40 in women, a person's Kinsey rating had usually stabilised.
Kinsey's estimate for the prevalence of predominant homosexuality (Kinsey scale 4-6) in white males at age 25 was 7.6%.
www.tim-taylor.com /papers/twin_studies/introduction.html   (734 words)

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Kinsey For many of us, our first concept of sexual orientation was simply that everyone was either heterosexual or homosexual.
On the Kinsey scale, sexual behavior is represented as a continuum from exclusively heterosexual to exclusively homosexual (see Figure 1.) For ease in quantifying behavior (for research purposes,) the scale has 7 equal, numbered intervals, but it is a contimuum and in-between points (such as 1.5 or 2.3) may be used.
Each scale represents a continuum, so you may pick points which are not at any of the reference points.
www.qrd.org /qrd/orgs/BRC/1994/klein.txt-07.94   (1785 words)

 Halfway There: Richard Socarides is still gay
When Kinsey shocked the delicate sensibilities of Americans with his published research on human sexuality, he acknowledged the complexity of orientation by promulgating his famous Kinsey scale.
The purely heterosexual individual is 0 on the Kinsey scale and the pure homosexual is 6.
As with any numerical measure, the Kinsey scale may mislead by suggesting that something as complex as sexual orientation may be precisely gauged by a single number.
zenoferox.blogspot.com /2005/11/richard-socarides-is-still-gay.html   (1300 words)

 Knitting Circle Kinsey Institute   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kinsey went on to become a conservative professor in the midwestern University of Indiana.
Kinsey was a 'splitter' by inclination; and one consequence of his mass sampling was a distrust of the polarities of 'normal' and 'abnormal'.
Kinsey specifically denounced the prevailing Freudian view that child sexuality was latent - and that during this period they needed legal protection.
myweb.lsbu.ac.uk /~stafflag/kinsey.html   (2863 words)

 Kinsey "10%" Figure for Gays Doubtful
Several recent studies call into serious question the 1948 Kinsey research figures often quoted by homosexuals to suggest a 10% homosexual presence in the general population.
In their book, Kinsey, Sex and Fraud, (Lochinvar-Huntington House pub., 1990) Reisman and Eichel point out that Kinsey's data base was clearly skewed by his choice to include a high percentage of prison inmates and known sex offenders.
And after years of our educating those who inform the public and make its laws, the concept that 10 percent of the population is gay has become generally accepted `fact.' While some reminding always seems necessary, the 10 percent figure is regularly utilized by scholars, by the press, and in government statistics.
www.leaderu.com /marco/special/spc11b.html   (1211 words)

 Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. - Ask Dr. Cullins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Kinsey scale is a way to rate a person's sexual orientation.
The seven points on the scale show the range of sexual orientation in humans that was reported in Dr. Kinsey's surveys.
Kinsey used the word heterosexual to describe people who desire sex with people of the other gender.
www.plannedparenthood.org /pp2/portal/files/portal/webzine/askdrcullins/adc-040423-kinsey-scale.xml   (410 words)

 Campaign - Mission
Kinsey’s continuum was based on counting orgasms, and this measure of sexual identity misrepresents contemporary gay, lesbian, and bisexual identity.
Even though the Kinsey scale was conceptualized as a continuum, it is essentially a bipolar scale that presents homosexuality and heterosexuality as exclusive of each other: one is either homosexual or heterosexual.
Kinsey surely intended to show degrees of bisexuality, but falling between the two extremes could mean that one is both homosexual and heterosexual or that one is neither.
www.endhomophobia.org /BeyondGay.htm   (1450 words)

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After seeing "Kinsey," the film about the infamous sexologist who created the scale of sexuality (ranging from 0-6) that collapsed the hetero/homo divide and spurted a shifting bisexual middle, I was reminded of the first fight I ever had with my girlfriend Meg.
The recent avalanche of articles protesting Kinsey, the movie and the man (who happened to be a switch-hitter himself), and Meg's spirited dismissal of bisexuality, underscore a fundamental problem with the way many Westerners think: in terribly simplistic binaries that pit gay against straight; man against woman; fl against white; left against right.
The circle of protest around Kinsey and his infamous scale are starkly clear examples of bisexuality's ultimate challenge to the way Americans make sense of sexuality, and, more broadly, the world.
www.blogger.com /email-post.g?blogID=5029357&postID=110643186620947641   (399 words)

 Personality, lipids, and bisexuality (Article text)
If it is correct to expand Kinsey's assumption to other aspects of sexual psychology, it should follow that whatever traits distinguish the HS and the HT orientations should also have intermediate values in bisexual (BI) individuals.
The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid is essentially an expanded Kinsey scale that covers ratings for past, present, and ideal on items such as sexual fantasy, friendships and emotional closeness.
The HT respondents as measured by this scale were on average less feminine than the other two groups; there was no significant difference between the BI and the HS men.
math.ucsd.edu /~weinrich/SnyderBisex.html   (5144 words)

 Windy City Times
He was already somewhat familiar with Kinsey’s name and life thanks to a revealing New Yorker Magazine article, Cole Porter’s “Too Darned Hot,” and of course the famed Kinsey Scale of sexuality ( “I would say pretty safely high up in the six direction,” he surmises of his own rating ).
Kinsey was shot in and around New York, which doubled for all the film’s locations.
While Kinsey is certain to open a whole new generation’s eyes to the accomplishments and legacy of this late, great sex educator, on a storytelling level it also makes one ponder the very nature of sex, love, and how the two can mix or clash.
www.windycitymediagroup.com /gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=6630   (2432 words)

 Advocate, The: Let's all go to the lobby
Kinsey Scale: 2, though the whole film reeks of Toback's horny straight-teenager attitude.
Kinsey Scale: 4, for Waters and for Dirty's trio of sexy gay bears, though most of the film's couplings are hetero.
Kinsey Scale: 4, for the issues it tackles, though our hero is straight.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1589/is_2004_Sept_14/ai_n6232035   (1177 words)

 Larry's Phat Page: Being Gay | "How Do I Know If I'm Gay?"
The so-called Kinsey scale assigned an integer value between 0 and 6 to a person’s sexual orientation, with 0 being exclusively heterosexual (straight) and 6 being exclusively homosexual (gay).
The problem that exists with this scale today is that most people seem to believe that 0, 3 (equally bisexual) and 6 are the only numerical values where it is possible to place a person.
Furthermore, I don’t believe that a person’s “score” on the Kinsey scale is necessarily fixed for life, at least not down to a three-decimal-places level.
www.phatpage.org /howdoiknow.html   (1794 words)

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