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American Sexual Character: Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey Reports

Miriam Reumann


When Alfred Kinsey's massive studies Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female appeared in 1948 and 1953 respectively, their detailed data spurred an unprecedented public discussion of the nation's sexual practices and ideologies. As they debated what behaviors were normal or average, abnormal or deviant, Cold War Americans also celebrated and scrutinized the state of their nation, relating apparent changes in sexuality to shifts in its political structure, economy, and people. This book employs the studies and the myriad responses they evoked to examine nationa ... More

Keywords: Alfred Kinsey, sexual character, sexual behavior, sexuality, gender, Americanness, national identity, sex surveys, Kinsey Reports, sex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520238350
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam Reumann, author