Oh Dr Kinsey, Look What You've Done To Me!

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Matthew Sweet looks at the impact of the Kinsey Report, first published seventy years ago.

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Seventy years ago, Alfred Kinsey, a biologist working at Indiana University, published a book that raised the eyebrows of America. 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Male' - and its later companion volume, 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Female' - described for the first time, the vast topography of the American erotic.

Matthew Sweet looks at the impact of the publications which revealed a continent of kissing, canoodling and copulating, mapped out using data yielded willingly by thousands of interviewees. The result, he finds, was 'like a bomb going off' as the impact rippled into American public life.

The programme contains references to sexual activity and archive material reflecting the attitudes of the time.

Producer Mark Rickards.

Matthew Sweet looks at the impact of the Kinsey report.

Seventy years ago, Alfred Kinsey, a biologist working at Indiana University, published a book that raised the eyebrows of America. 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Male' - and its later companion volume, 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Female' - described for the first time, the vast topography of the American erotic.

Matthew Sweet looks at the impact of the publications which revealed a continent of kissing, canoodling and copulating, mapped out using data yielded willingly by thousands of interviewees. The result, he finds, was 'like a bomb going off' as the impact rippled into American public life.

Producer Mark Rickards.