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Oh! Dr.Kinsey! : Media Reaction to the Kinsey Report on Women

Exhibition, February 1 - April 30, 2003, Monroe County Historical Society Museum

Fifty years ago Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey and his colleagues at Indiana University published a book that focused the attention of the world on Bloomington.

[Oh! Dr. Kinsey! -Cover]

[Cosmopolitan magazine cover]

By the time Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, popularly known as the Kinsey Report on women, appeared in print in September 1953, the public had already read a great deal about it--in newspapers and in popular magazines such as Collier's, Life, Time, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Modern Bride, Redbook, and even U.S. News and World Report.

The anticipation had been building for five years, from the time of the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948. August 20, 1953 was K-Day, when magazines and newspapers were first allowed to run their stories revealing the results of Kinsey's long-term study of female sexual behavior.

Through magazine covers, news clippings, cartoons, photographs, and other materials, this exhibition will enable visitors to experience this pivotal moment in American history.

[Screenland magazine cover]

"Oh! Dr. Kinsey!" runs February 1 through April 30 at the Monroe County Historical Society Museum in Bloomington, IN.

[Harper's magazine cover]

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception that will be held at the museum from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, February 1.

For more information on the exhibition and the opening, contact Dara Eckart at 812-855-7686, or fill the form.

[American magazine cover]

More background on media reaction to 1953 Sexual Behavior in the Human Female


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