May 4, 2011

The Kinsey Institute {featured resource}

Founded at Indiana University in 1947, just before the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) by pioneering sex researcher Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, the Kinsey Institute works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide and has become a trusted resource for investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction.

Today the institute carries out its mission for the public through, among other:

  • Events such as the current exhibit, Storytellers, which includes pulp fiction paperbacks from the 1960s, illustrated erotic novels, underground comic books, Japanese pillow books, other narrative texts, as well as vintage photographs, prints, watercolors, and drawings by anonymous and known artists.
  • Accessible online resources for the public including:
    • FAQ covering age at first intercourse, internet porn, penis size, contraception, infidelity, masturbation, and much, much more 
    • sexuality information links with loads of information, covering a wide range of topics from aging & midlife to women's sexual health, sexual abuse & assault, asexuality, sexual orientation, transgender, sex & disability, and more.
  • Kinsey Confidential: A Sex, Love & Relationships Blog
  • Library and Art Collections
As for its more scholarly purposes, the Kinsey Institute also offers:

  • An active Research Program with Resources for Researches
  • Research Publications
  • Graduate Education


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