Dos Sarah DosPolitics of SexualityProf. MurraySeptember 29, 2015Written Assignment OneLet’s Talk SexWhat’s politics “got to do” with sexuality? Traditional constructions of sexuality created by society have deterred open discussion and research of all types of human sexual experiences, that is, before Alfred Kinsey opened his door. Researchers including Alfred Kinsey, followed by Masters and Johnson, as well as Shere Hite, understand aboutsexuality through their individual research on male and female sexuality. Each of these researchers face tribulations and criticisms from society while conducting their studies, but none like Alfred Kinsey. Kinsey was the first to defy the unspoken rule set aside by society where no one was to address sex openly.. Masters and Johnson follow his blueprint in their research; however, they focus their studies on the structure, physiology and psychology of sexual behaviors. Shere Hite criticized the previously mentioned scientists for their lack of understanding of female sexuality, which was the main focus ofher studies. Alfred Kinseywas raised in a strict, religious household. His household relayed the societal implications on sexuality including “that masturbation was held to be sinful, asickness with the power to erode one's physical health and moral rectitude.” Homosexuality was in most states a felony punishable by imprisonment. Kinsey sought out to save others from the same type of sexual turmoil he suffered in his childhood through his research. His research began at the Indiana University, where he taught his “Marriage Course.” Following his course, he held personal counseling sessions where his research took its first steps. He conducted interviews to learn about all types of sexual1
Dos behaviors through his students’ sexual encounters, taking a bigger interest in homosexuality. His colleagues were less than pleased with his research, but that did not hinder Kinsey’s path to discovery. He did not however limit his research to the university,but went on the road to Chicago where he uncovered homosexual behaviors between males.