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Toward Participatory Research on Homosexuality: Painter, Kinsey, and the Kinsey Institute, 1943–73

in Departing from Deviance

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780226530437
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304458 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226304458.003.0007
Toward Participatory Research on Homosexuality: Painter, Kinsey, and the Kinsey Institute, 1943–73

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In contrast with other gay and lesbian activist-researchers in the pre-Stonewall era, Painter was able to establish a relationship with a recognized sex researcher who fully supported his work. All of the activist-researchers shared the objective of securing homosexual rights through the production of research that revealed the experiences and struggles of an oppressed people. These activists were committed to the belief that such knowledge would demystify misconceptions, counter prejudice and stigmatization, and ultimately lead to rudimentary forms of social justice. The central tenet in Kinsey's sexual worldview was the assumption that all living creatures are composed of a wide range of individual differences. Regarding human sexuality, this implied that sexual capacity could be expressed within continua ranging from celibacy to promiscuity and from exclusive heterosexuality to exclusive homosexuality. Painter's manuscript proved to be a source of contention. Painter explored how he could complement his continued work on the manuscript with Kinsey's research.

Keywords: sex researcher; Painter; Kinsey; human sexuality; homosexual rights

Chapter.  28586 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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