Hallie Lieberman is a sex historian and journalist, and the author of Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy, which came out last year. Her writing has appeared in The Forward, Tablet, Bust, Bitch, and Grazia UK, among other publications. (March 2018)

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Desexing the Kinsey Institute

The Kinsey Institute’s new director Sue Carter was an unusual choice. Although she is the first biologist to head up the institute since Kinsey himself, her career has focused on rodents. Perhaps tellingly, Carter’s research on vole monogamy has been cited by pro-abstinence and anti-pornography organizations to justify their positions. According to the Kinsey Institute’s website, over the three years that Carter has been the director, only about 40 percent of the publications coming out of the Kinsey institute have been related to human sexuality, compared to about 88 percent under the last two directors.