„America is full of sexual activity but just a little part of it is legal“.

Kinsey. Reg. Billy Condon: 2004.

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Kinsey is a 2004 biographical movie based on the story of the important American biologist Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956), who did the first scientific and statistical researches about human sexual behaviours. His most famous works are Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female (1953). Kinsey’s survey was based on a data collection obtained by individual interviews -18000 circa in total- with consenting people about their sexual history. One of the most known results of these researches is that, in a range between 0-6, called the Kinsey scale, «with 0 being completely heterosexual and 6 completely homosexual[1]», a lot of people are a 3 (equally homo/heterosexual)[2]. The conclusion for Kinsey was that there is not a specific sexual orientation: it changes with time and age and it depends on a lot of circumstances.

In a great sequence of the movie there is a dialogue between Kinsey and one of his assistants and friends, Clyde:

Clyde Martin: You’ve just told me your entire sexual history […]. But there hasn’t been a single mention of love.

Alfred Kinsey: That’s because it’s impossible to measure love. And, as you know, without measurements there can be no science. […] When it comes to love, we’re all in the dark.

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I think the truth is that, from the common sense point of view, when it comes to sexuality we are in the dark too. Why? In this movie the biggest problem is religion: it shows the strong contraposition between morality and nature. How is it possible to understand what we want without feeling guilty? Being sincere and confronting with others in order to understand we are not alone. To make an example: it is proved that many overtly heterosexual women fulfil sexual desire by seeing pornographic images of both men and women, on the contrary the majority of lesbian women can feel attraction just for other women[3]. What does it mean? I believe that, sometimes, gay people know better than hetero people the shades of their sexuality, because, since the beginning, they have had to overcome social/moral prejudice in order to find it out. But discovering sexuality is always difficult and prejudice goes deeper than legality. Dealing with others gives us the power to revel prejudice.

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Discovering our sexuality is an exercise of honesty and with this movie we have the opportunity to approach human sexual behaviours, seen through really relevant scientific studies whose results are told us in an accessible way, even though, unfortunately, they are only known by few people in the academic world. This movie is one first important step to start to be sincerely peaceful with us. I really recommend the vision!

Dorotea

Trailer of Kinsey (2004)

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Sources:

Kinsey. Reg. Billy Condon. Act. Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O’ Donnell, Peter Saarsgard.20th Century Fox Home Entertainmen, 2004. Movie.

http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/index.html

http://kinseyconfidential.org

http://www.focus.it/comportamento/sessualita/le-donne-sono-sono-gay-o-bisex-mai-etero

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362269/quotes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports

Notes

[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports.

[2] Statistic percentage data can be founded here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports.

[3]http://www.focus.it/comportamento/sessualita/le-donne-sono-sono-gay-o-bisex-mai-etero.

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