Saving Sexual Science: Kinsey and American Religious-Conservative Politics

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Title
Saving Sexual Science: Kinsey and American Religious-Conservative Politics
Title of the book
Histories of Sexology : Between Science and Politics
Author(s)
Paturel Alex, Mottier Veronique, Kraus Cynthia
Publisher
Palgrave MacMillan
Address of publication
Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN
9783030658120
9783030658137
ISSN
2569-1317
2569-1309
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Editor
Giami Alain, Levinson Sharman
Series
Global Queer Politics
Chapter
5
Pages
81-102
Language
english
Abstract
Sexual science has often been mobilized to advance progressive sexual rights agendas against conservative, religiously-driven political agendas. This chapter explores a different dynamic, where religious-conservative activists used sexual science to advance their ‘anti-homosexual’ campaign. We focus on the attacks on Kinsey in the US. While the historiography on religious conservatism has highlighted the centrality of religious/moralistic discourses, our analysis of textual sources (from archives of evangelical-political organizations and recently declassified FBI documents) shows that evangelical activists often foregrounded scientific arguments. Women activists played a particularly important role in this discursive battleground, as our political history of the attacks on Kinsey demonstrates.
Keywords
Kinsey, FBI, sexology, Christian Right, Judith Reisman, homophobia, anticommunism, evangelical politics
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