Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology
Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Compiled by Ulli Diemer
January 3, 1948
The Kinsey Report: Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, by Dr. Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others, is published. The report, and its 1953 successor, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, both based on interviews with many American men and women, are controversial, because they challenge conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discuss subjects that were previously taboo. Kinsey concluded that sexual orientations are diverse, that sexuality is prone to change over time, and that sexual behavior can be understood both as physical contact as well as purely psychological phenomena (desire, sexual attraction, fantasy).