The Kinsey Report

"The Kinsey Report." Partisan Review, April 1948.


By virtue of its intrinsic nature and also because of its dramatic reception, the Kinsey Report, as it has come to be called, is an event of great importance in our culture. It is an event which is significant in two separate ways, as symptom and as therapy. The therapy lies in the large permissive effect the Report is likely to have, the long way it goes toward establishing the community of sexuality. The symptomatic significance lies in the fact that the Report was felt to be needed at all, that the community of sexuality requires not to be established in explicit quantitative terms. Nothing shows more clearly the extent to which modern society had atomized itself than the isolation in sexual ignorance which exists among us.

Google books - essay published in The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent
Boston University - Partisan Review archive - first version of essay