I wrote this blog over a decade ago…
…and it got about a thousand hits per day.
It’s sad how much of it is still true.
The comments posted at the time are reproduced below the post.
The new film Kinsey
- about sexual behavior scientist Alfred Kinsey
and starring Liam Neeson
in the title role - opened in select cities across the nation on November 12th and has already created quite a stir amongst conservative “watchdog” groups. Brandi Swindell of Generation Life has said that “Alfred Kinsey is responsible in part for my generation being forced to deal face-to-face with the devastating consequences of sexually transmitted diseases, pornography, and abortion.”
She continues by stating that “if this was a true documentary, they would have included more negative information. They’re sugarcoating the issue, trying to make him look like a genius who all of humanity should be grateful for.”
Robert Knight, director of the Concerned Women of America’s Culture & Family Institute has gone on record to assert that “instead of being lionized, Kinsey’s proper place is with Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele or your average Hollywood horror flick mad scientist.”
And Tom Neven, of the ever-popular group Focus on Family, writes that “to say that (the film) is rank propaganda for the sexual revolution and the homosexual agenda would be beyond stating the obvious.”
Although I’m sure that Brandi, Robert, and Tom are wonderfully caring people in their own disturbed, misguided ways, allow me to analyze their statements to better serve the public good.
Concerning Brandi’s first comment, let me say this: Alfred Kinsey is not, cannot, and will never be responsible for your generation coming face-to-face with sexually transmitted diseases, pornography, and abortion. Alfred Kinsey was a scientist who studied the sexual activity of a large number of people. Over 50 years ago. Brandi is 24 years old. She’s at least one generation removed from the studies performed by Alfred Kinsey. But let’s for an instant assume that Brandi - giving her far more credit than she deserves - is discussing the ever-present repercussions of Kinsey’s research. I’m sure Brandi would be thrilled to know that sexually transmitted diseases, pornography, and abortion have been around for quite some time. Goodness gracious, even before Dr. Kinsey! One cannot blame a man who researched disease, masturbation, the sexual practices of married people, homosexuality, and abortion for the very presence of these societal entities. Kinsey brought to the forefront of medicine the truths about sexuality and its consequences in all of their incarnations. He didn’t make them up. To think otherwise is downright ignorant.
Brandi’s second comment is almost too ridiculous to analyze. If this were a true documentary? It isn’t a documentary at all, you fool! It is a dramatic film based on the life of a scientist who - yes - by every instance of the definition was, in fact, a genius. He was a tortured genius - a fact which the film illustrates at great length - but a genius nonetheless. I have serious doubts that Brandi has actually seen the film. Or, for that matter, read and studied any of Dr. Kinsey’s research. If she did, she’d realize that all of humanity should be grateful for his work. I sigh and shrug my shoulders at the thought of giving up any more of my precious column space to her uneducated and ignorant drivel.
Moving on, let’s analyze the statements of Robert Knight - such a bold last name - who likens Dr. Kinsey to a crazed Nazi scientist or Hollywood monster. His comments, by the way, demean the holy, classic, and untouchable characters of the films Frankenstein
, Bride of Frankenstein
, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
, and Re-Animator
. Not to mention that the last name Knight, which should - in terms of entertainment - only grace the opening credits of a syndicated episode of Seinfeld
, is now sullied by all of this silliness.
Robert Knight is obviously a misguided soul. Doesn’t he realize that when you use a real-life monster and a fake monster - in the same breath, no less - to criticize a film and an important scientist that you immediately devalue and poison your own argument? Of course, maybe I’m overestimating the intelligence of Knight’s reader base. I’d like to subject Mr. Knight to a series of tests, some of them from the handbook of Dr. Mengele and some from the handbook of Dr. Kinsey, and see if - post-test, of course - he’d still like to compare the two. I have a feeling his opinion might swish a bit, so to speak.
And finally I’ve come to Tom Neven. Dearest Tom Neven. A racist, sexist, homophobic horror of a human being in film critic’s clothing. Rank propaganda? I dunno, celluloid has never smelled all that funny to me. The sexual revolution? Didn’t this end quite some time ago? You know, when Janet’s boobie fell out of its proper container and the planet Earth exploded? The homosexual agenda? I keep hearing this term tossed around like it’s a batch of glitter at a drag queen convention, and I still don’t get it. What exactly is the homosexual agenda? Is it to redecorate the world until there isn’t an un-fabulous house left in all the land? To force people to become better looking through diet and exercise? Have a fun, interesting sex life? Teach people how to give backhanded compliments with flare? Destroy intolerance? Oh, wait, I know what it is. It’s equal rights for everyone, isn’t it? Ding, ding, ding. That concept always slips my mind. The fact is, Alfred Kinsey demonstrated that over 30% of the men he studied admitted to having had at least one homosexual encounter. He didn’t force or encourage them to do it, his studies simply proved that they had done it already, with little or no provocation. And I’m sure the success of Will & Grace
is Kinsey’s fault as well.
The problem, my dear readers, is that we are now living in the “abstinence only” decade. It is a retro-decade of false statements, inaccurate facts, and problematic solutions. Let’s tell the youth of America not to have sex, that’ll fix ‘em. Now we’ll dust off our hands, look at our job well done, and rest comfortably with the knowledge that no teenager is going to have sex. Ever again. To hell with education programs that illustrate smart, informed decisions and solutions for the young people of the US. They won’t need ‘em. They won’t be having sex!
There is a climate in the air that Alfred Kinsey tried to expose and stop when it occurred in this country in the first half of the 20th century. It is a climate defined by the intolerance of and forced embarrassment over sexual relationships. And I couldn’t think of a more perfect or appropriate time for a film like Kinsey
to be released.