Kinsey’s influence also extends far beyond what the film projects. The organizations that make up today’s “safe sex” education movement can trace their roots to Kinsey. In fact, one “researcher” who worked alongside Kinsey at his institute at the University of Indiana, Wardell Pomeroy, later went on to establish the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Another Kinsey associate, Mary Calderone, founded the organization that eventually evolved into Planned Parenthood. The abhorrent theory that sex at any age is appropriate as long as it is “safe” is also part of Kinsey’s legacy.
Those who are unfamiliar with Alfred Kinsey’s work could come away from “Kinsey” with the impression that he was a self-sacrificing scientist who helped people become comfortable with their sexuality. But like much of what comes out of Hollywood, that’s simply fantasy. Too bad the same can’t be said of his legacy.