Kinsey, Alfred C.

Sexual Behavior in the Human Female

  • First edition, first printing of this groundbreaking work on human sexuality.

    Originally a zoologist, Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956) began investigating human sexuality after teaching a undergraduate course on the topic and finding few relevant academic sources. He began taking detailed sexual histories of ordinary Americans, and founded the Institute ofr Sex Research at Indiana University in 1947. “Kinsey published two essential works on human sexuality based on his surveys—Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953)—that both became New York Times bestsellers and scandalized polite society with their revelations. Kinsey discovered that over a third of men had had sexual experiences with other men, a shocking discovery at a time when same-sex sexual activity was illegal and widely considered immoral. He also found that women were more likely to have orgasms from masturbation than from heterosexual intercourse, and that half of the female population had had sex before marriage.” (”Desexing the Kinsey Institute”, The New York Review of Books, March 20th, 2018). Kinsey’s work, though still controversial, paved the way for future researchers to approach sexuality from a clinical and statistical, rather than moral, perspective, and is often cited as one of the precipitating factors in the sexual and feminist revolutions of the 1960s and 70s.

  • ...By the staff of the Institute for Sex Research, Indiana University.

    Philadelphia & London: W. B. Saunders Company, 1953.

    Octavo. Original burgundy cloth, titles to spine gilt on blue ground. With the dust jacket. Charts within the text. Cloth lightly rubbed at the extremities, contents faintly toned. A very good copy in the rubbed jacket with some small chips and nicks and creasing at the edges.

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