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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Re: Vaporizing Defenses
Topic: WorldNetDaily
In an April 18 WorldNetDaily column, Rebecca Hagelin weighs in on the controversy over an Ohio research librarian, Scott Savage, allegedly being investigated for sexual harassment for recommending that David Kupelian's "The Marketing of Evil" and three other right-wing books for a student reading list. In response to one professor's claim that Kupelian's claim that "'the widely revered father of the "sexual revolution" has been irrefutably exposed as a full-fledged sexual psychopath who encouraged pedophilia.'" is "a factually untrue characterization of Dr. Kinsey and his work on every point," Reisman writes:

Excuse me, professor, but Judith Reisman, a Ph.D. researcher and world-renowned Kinsey expert, absolutely vaporizes your laughable defense of the mad sex scientist in her pioneering book "Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences."

(I'm suddenly reminded of Prince of Space repeatedly declaring, "Your weapons have no effect on me!")

However, as Poppy Dixon writes in a critique of Reisman's research:

The online-only Journal of Human Sexuality, sponsored by Leadership U (a spinoff of Campus Crusade for Christ), has published Reisman's essay, Kinsey and the Homosexual Revolution. The essay is comprised of 31 complex and leading questions, questions designed to prejudice the reader, questions like "...what if all of Kinsey's work was fraudulent, or worse?", and "...could not some American scientists teach pederasts and pedophiles techniques for sexually abusing children for 'science'?", and "Was Kinsey himself a closet homosexual, pedophile or pederast?"

The answer to these questions is "no," which is why they're posed as questions and not as statements. Though Dr. Reisman includes tables and footnotes, she offers no proof or support for the innuendo she directs at Kinsey. In fact, her "research methods" could call her own background into question.

The Kinsey Institute has also responded to Reisman's allegations.

Max Blumenthal has more on Reisman's obsession with Kinsey.

Hagelin might want to investigate Reisman's research methods before she continues to endorse her conservatively correct "findings."

UPDATE: Added link to Poppy Dixon critique.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:23 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, May 8, 2006 11:00 PM EDT

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