The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, often shortened to Kinsey Institute, exists "to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction".
The Institute was founded as the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University in 1947 by Alfred Kinsey, then an entomologist and zoologist at IU. Its original goals were the study of human sexuality and human sexual behavior. In 1948 and 1953 the Institute published two monographs on human sexuality, generally now known as the Kinsey Reports.
Ever since, the Institute, the reports and Kinsey himself have been the subject of controversy. Among its functions is to preserve the supporting materials of the Kinsey Reports and subsequent publications, making them available for new research while preserving confidentiality. The Institute also provides a sexuality information service for students (KISISS) now known as Kinsey Confidential.
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