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What do you think of the new movie KINSEY?

Q from a Female Senior at Arizona State wants to know….: What do you think of the new movie KINSEY and, in your opinion, is it really worth seeing.

Dr. Caron's Answer: I had the opportunity to see the movie before it officially opened when I was in Orlando attending the professional meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. I loved the movie and highly recommend it. Alfred Kinsey is one of the best-known sex researchers. His findings from thousands of face-to-face interviews were published in two important books: Sexual behavior in the human male (1948) and Sexual behavior in the human female (1953). His research changed forever the way we think and talk about sex. His findings revealed that there is a wide range of variation in what people do sexually, and helped people realize that there is a wide range of "normal" behaviors. We certainly have come a long way since the 1940s and 50s. However, just as Kinsey had to deal with political pressure and opposition to his work, so too do many of today's sexuality researchers. In many ways, it is a very contemporary story. The movie offers an important message to its viewers: that a lot of human suffering could be prevented if we just gave people accurate information about sexuality. The website to view video clips from the movie, KINSEY is: See it if you can!

© 2008, Sandra L. Caron

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Dr. Sandra L. Caron is a professor of human sexuality at the University of Maine. To submit a question to Dr. Caron or chat with your peers visit Got a question for Dr. Caron? Visit and ask away! Get a guaranteed personal and confidential response to your question: or E-Mail

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