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The Kinsey Reports are the collective name for two volumes authored by Alfred C. Kinsey and colleagues: Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953). They describe, exhibit, and interpret interview data from more than 18,000 participants that Kinsey and his coresearchers collected from the late 1930s through 1950. The analysis in the Kinsey Reports also incorporates extensive historical research and the team’s own original (sometimes participatory) research using still photography and film. The Kinsey Reports remain noteworthy in studies of sexual behavior for their size, thoroughness, and impact through the present.

Historical Development

Kinsey began the research that would become the Kinsey Reports in the mid-1930s as a zoology professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he had been working ...

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