Alfred Kinsey

John Money, Ph.D.

Dr. John William Money (July 8, 1921–July 7, 2006), internationally known for his work in psychoendocrinology and developmental sexology, defined the concepts of gender role and identity.

His legacy at Kinsey Institute includes the Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology and the John Money Collection.

About Dr. Money

Born in Morrinsville, New Zealand, John William Money emigrated to the United States in 1947 and received his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1952. In 1966, Dr. Money founded the Gender Identity Clinic at Johns Hopkins University and started an extensive research program on the psychohormonal treatment of paraphilias and on sex reassignment. Money formulated, defined, and coined the term "gender role" and later expanded it to gender-identity/role (G-I/R). In 1961, he proposed the hypothesis that androgen is the libido hormone for both sexes.

Extending his research from the clinic to clinical history, Dr. Money wrote about the 18th century origins and present consequences of antisexualism in The Destroying Angel: Sex, Fitness, and Food in the Legacy of Degeneracy Theory, Graham Crackers, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, and American Health History (1985). Venuses Penuses: Sexology, Sexosophy, and Exigency Theory (1986) is an anthology of his theoretically significant writings. His publications also cover the philosophy and methodology of science in the practice of clinical psychoendocrinology and sexology, includingUnspeakable Monsters in All Our Lives: The Complete Interviewer and Clinical BiographerExigency Theory and Sexology, and many other monographs.

The Kinsey Institute Library houses Money's lifelong work, including his correspondence, lectures, media interviews and documentaries, as well as books, manuscripts, articles and other writings. Visit the Kinsey Institute Library Catalog to search the John Money Collection.

The John Money Collection

The Kinsey Institute Library houses John Money's lifelong work, including:

  • Professional correspondence (1950-2004)
  • Lectures, presentations, and audiovisual materials (1960s-2004)
  • Articles and clippings (1973-2000), including thousands of reprints and pamphlets on a broad range of sex education and research topics
  • Scientific journals and erotic magazines (1940s-2000)
  • Manuscripts and publications (complete holdings)
  • Scientific, erotic and pornographic journals and magazines (1949-1985)
  • Conference programs and papers, photo albums, and information, and materials relating to sex research organizations and conferences

Visit the Kinsey Institute Library Catalog to search through the John Money Collection online.

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