"Kinsey was a messenger... He had some effects but he isn't the root of the changes of modernity in American society."
-- John Gagnon, sex researcher
In the decades since Alfred Kinsey's death in 1956, Americans have witnessed the expansion of scientific knowledge and dramatic changes in social norms.
Medical developments like the birth control pill, impotence drugs, and fertility treatments have given people more control over their reproductive and sexual lives. At the same time, social trends have impacted sexual behaviors and expectations. These trends include an increase in the number of women who choose to postpone marriage and pregnancy; higher divorce rates; rising awareness of -- and efforts to combat -- spousal or sexual abuse; and a growing emphasis on individual rights.
Below, several resources are listed as jumping-off points for those seeking further information. If you seek a bibliography or Web sites more directly related to Alfred Kinsey, consult the further reading page.
Human Sexuality Research
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Based at Indiana University, the Kinsey Institute continues Alfred Kinsey's work by promoting research and scholarship. The Resources page of its site maintains a list of professional organizations conducting sex, gender, or reproduction research.
National Sexuality Resource Center
This center, based at San Francisco State University, defines its mission as gathering and disseminating current, accurate information and research on sexual health, education, and rights.
Sex, Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
AASECT members include physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, clergy members, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists, researchers, and others who share an interest in promoting and understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. The Web site includes a tool for locating professional sex educators, counselors, or therapists.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
This professional association for therapists provides resources for the public online, including recommended books and information on family problems, a family therapist locator, and directories of accredited academic programs and professional resources for marriage and family therapy practitioners.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Information
MedlinePlus: Reproductive Health
The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine offer comprehensive reproductive health information, covering a wide array of topics including nutrition, research, genetics, and the latest news.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
SIECUS has served as a national voice for sexuality education, sexual health, and sexual rights for almost 40 years. It acts as an advocate for the dissemination of accurate information, and presents fact sheets, state profiles, reports, and bibliographies in the Publications section of its site.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention
This office, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, publishes statistics and guidelines as part of its mission to support prevention research, treatment programs, and public health surveillance of sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis.
World AIDS Day
Founded by a group of international health ministers in 1988, World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st each year and attempts to raise awareness about the global fight against HIV and AIDS.