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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 1315–1318 | Cite as

Sexual Sabotage: How One Mad Scientist Unleashed a Plague of Corruption and Contagion on America

By Judith A. Reisman. New York, WorldNetDaily Books, 2010, 406 pp., $25.95
  • Diederik F. Janssen
Book Review

Reisman’s recent work, with 1,103 footnotes, is a recapitulation of her 35-year anti-Kinsey campaign, already featuring book-length studies published in 1990, 1998, and 2006, as well as documentary appearances in 1995, 1998, and 2009. The most recent is a 165 min film called The Kinsey Syndrome (directed by Christian J. Pinto), a painstakingly melodramatic advertisement for Reisman’s oeuvre. Reisman’s ever more repetitive polemic, attacking, for instance, each and every contributor daring to appear in The Kinsey Institute’s books on childhood (pp. 316–320), clearly aspires to spearhead American ultra-conservative resentment of sexology as a field “led by mad sexual psychopaths” (p. 320) who “sexualize everything” (p. 322)—as the lugubrious child-harming front piece of an entire “postmodern” degeneration of Family and Nation.

Earlier responses to Reisman’s “tsk-tsking” of Kinsey by Bancroft (2004, pp. 11–19) and Bullough (1995) could have been copy-pasted here, as this campaign repeats...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NijmegenThe Netherlands

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