A Note on the Kinsey Scale

The Kinsey Scale is the continuum model devised by Alfred Kinsey in 1948 that plotted sexuality from 0 to 6; 0 being exclusively heterosexual and 6 being exclusively homosexual. It was the first scale to account for bisexuality. According to a 1954 survey using the scale, 70% of people fell between 1 and 5. It’s been criticized for being too linear and only accounting for behavior and not sexual identity and is no longer widely used.

Now, chances are you won’t have anyone say, so where do you fall on the Kinsey Scale? I bring it up because Kinsey is a big part of the history of sexuality  and making it more appropriate to talk about. Kinsey wrote books about both men and women by interviewing people on their sexual habits. Kinsey wasn’t afraid to ask the uncomfortable questions about orgasms and positions, etc.

While his scale isn’t used today, I think it’s important that people know a little bit about the history of the study of human sexuality. For more about Kinsey, check out the self-titled 2004 film Kinsey.


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