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Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life

Alfred C Kinsey A Life In this brilliant groundbreaking biography twenty years in the making James H Jones presents a moving and even shocking portrait of the man who pierced the veil of reticence surrounding human sexua

  • Title: Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life
  • Author: James Howard Jones
  • ISBN: 9780393327243
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this brilliant, groundbreaking biography, twenty years in the making, James H Jones presents a moving and even shocking portrait of the man who pierced the veil of reticence surrounding human sexuality Jones shows that the public image Alfred Kinsey cultivated of disinterested biologist was in fact a carefully crafted public persona By any measure he was an extraordiIn this brilliant, groundbreaking biography, twenty years in the making, James H Jones presents a moving and even shocking portrait of the man who pierced the veil of reticence surrounding human sexuality Jones shows that the public image Alfred Kinsey cultivated of disinterested biologist was in fact a carefully crafted public persona By any measure he was an extraordinary man and a man with secrets.Drawing upon never before disclosed facts about Kinsey s childhood, Jones traces the roots of Kinsey s scholarly interest in human sexuality to his tortured upbringing Between the sexual tensions of the culture and Kinsey s devoutly religious family, Jones depicts Kinsey emerging from childhood with psychological trauma but determined to rescue humanity from the emotional and sexual repression he had suffered New facts about his marriage, family life, and relationships with students and colleagues enrich this portrait of the complicated, troubled man who transformed the state of public discourse on human sexuality.

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    1. "Kinsey: A Life" is based on exhaustive research - thousands of letters, personal interviews (how Kinsey would have appreciated that!) - which forms the basis for Jones' masterful biography of the father of modern sex research. An unquestioned genius, Kinsey was also a deeply conflicted man who was able to channel his personal struggles with homosexuality into a scientific quest to better understand human sexuality. Jones' devotion to his subject matter as well as his ability to examine all aspe [...]

    2. This book may be biased, but it is worth reading. Mainly it shows how the "studies" were skewed to get results etc. A ton of what I think is hedonistic sexual practice and the "studies" with the kids and babies, come ON. I need to read another book on this I saw in regards to the social context.What really pisses me off is that I really thought the whole thing about women wanting more sex as they get older and men wanting more as they get younger etc was true. But reading the charts and evidence [...]

    3. Must read book (If my stomach can handle some of the disgusting accusations against Kinsey) 3 fold interest- Sexual pioneering time line (history), psychology & controversy.Seperately, Kinsey & Masters/Johnson are both acknowledged with being 'pioneers in the study of sexual response' (1930s plus for Kinsey, 1950's plus for M/J) going into the sexual revolution)Very quick research of Kinsey indicates he only interviewed subjects where as M/J viewed subjects engaging in various sexual act [...]

    4. Absolutely astounding biography for a number of reasons: 1) Kinsey’s private life of masochism and how it sprang from a tortured childhood. The “Kinsey”: he attached a rope . . . wrapped it around his scrotum, tossed the other end of rope over a pipe above him, stood on a chair, holding this end of the rope . . . and jumped off. It was a “punishment” for failing to receive a Rockefeller Foundation grant. 2) Professionally, Kinsey doggedly pursued huge research numbers in all his scient [...]

    5. Fascinating man. Scientists are men and women to be respected. They put themselves on the line to research their interests to minute details. I applaud Alfred Kinsey, the scientist for having the strength to push the taboo into the lap of the world. Alfred Kinsey the man, was an uptight, some what insecure man that pushed his family to their limits.

    6. A good biography, not a great read by any means. At times the story gets weighed down by the internecine fighting that occurred between the Kinsey, his research and the foundation(s) that supported him. A "fantastic American" he was not, but, and complex, Janus-faced one, that he was indeed!

    7. I wanted to hear more DETAILS about the interview subjects. What WERE some of the shocking, unusual findings?

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