Archive for Sexology
June, 1998: Acquisition of Sexual Diaries
Archive for Sexology has decided to share the following excerpts
from two sexual diaries with a wider audience in the hope that
they might be useful to various practitioners in the field of
sexual health. Especially andrologists, but also psychiatrists,
sex therapists, family counselors and others who, in order to
provide effective help, need to take detailed sex histories of
their patients or clients, might profit from being reminded once
more that they should never act on mere assumptions and take nothing
for granted. In this sense, our excerpts add a necessary dose
of realism to the "accepted wisdom" of academic teaching.
The two highly educated men who have allowed us to use their diaries
took the trouble of keeping them because, as young men, they met
Alfred C. Kinsey and were impressed with his integrity and dedication
as a scientist. They also became convinced that their efforts
could indeed make a contribution to sex research. However, because
of a series of unforeseen circumstances, they never made their complete
diaries available to the Kinsey Institute. Both men are personally
inconspicuous and wholly conventional in lifestyle, appearance
and manner. Both had successful careers and are well respected
in their communities.
1. Documents provided by Dr. X.
The Archive for Sexology has recently acquired the bulk of the papers
of Dr. X., who, for many years, traveled all over the world and
now lives in retirement in a large European city.
In 1948, the then 35-year old Dr. X. began, at the suggestion
of Alfred C. Kinsey, to keep extensive records of his sexual contacts,
and he has continued this record keeping without interruption
to this day, thus producing a unique collection of documents spanning
half a century (he is now 85). The documents include not only
various annotated daily, monthly, and annual statistics, but also
an extensive correspondence of many hundreds of pages fleshing
out the bare numbers with significant details and explaining the
sexual customs and attitudes in the various countries he visited.
The summary chart presented here is remarkable for the high number
of sexual partners each year as well as over the various decades.
(For 30 years, from 1955-1985, the annual numbers lay between
500 and 1000, and in some years even between 1000 and 1500.)
In cooperation with Dr. X., the Archive for Sexology would like
make his papers available to science and is eager to start an
appropriate project together with those scholars who have come
to know him over the years, who respect his anonymity, and who
have worked with him before. (They also understand this particular
message.) For additional details, see the following report in German:
Erwin J. Haeberle: Ein Besuch bei Dr. X
Dr. X.: Chart of his sexual contacts from age 35 - 85
Annual number of sexual partners brought
to orgasm by Dr. X.
Annual number of orgasms experienced by
2. Document provided by Dr. Y.
The Archive for Sexology has, for some time, also been in the
possession of another chart provided by another of Alfred C. Kinsey's
informants. The newly married Dr. Y. was, at the age of 30, encouraged
by Kinsey to keep track of his various sexual outlets (masturbation,
marital coitus, extramarital coitus, homosexual contact) by briefly
noting the sources of his orgasms in a small pocket diary, a suggestion
that was scrupulously followed for thirty-five years. Dr. Y. was
never divorced and is still married to his first and only wife.
Some years ago, Dr. Y. had his diary numbers converted into a
chart which he turned over to Prof. Haeberle for use in his lectures
on AIDS prevention. It did indeed prove very useful for that purpose,
because it shows, for eight consecutive years, regular homosexual
contacts in an otherwise predominantly heterosexual life. The
chart thus calls into question conventional assumptions about
sexual orientation and demonstrates quite clearly that homosexual
behavior is by no means restricted to "homosexuals".
The chart further shows that, especially in younger years, and
contrary to widely held beliefs, homosexual contacts and masturbation
do not necessarily have to interfere with or detract from marital
and extramarital coitus; at least they did not in Dr. Y's case.
Quite apart from these issues, however, the chart (in its red-colored
summary curve) also very well illustrates the typical decline
of male sexual capacities after the age of 50, something that
is not so apparent in the chart of the "atypical" Dr.
X.. However, Dr. Y. is, in this respect, representative of the
majority of men.
We present the two charts here in honor of the often unjustly
maligned great scientist Alfred C. Kinsey. Their comparison demonstrates
once again the wide spectrum of variation in human sexual behavior
that Kinsey documented and described and that is all too often
ignored or forgotten.
Dr. Y: Chart of his sexual outlets from age 30 - 65
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