Kinsey Institute Book Club

Read along with the Kinsey Institute as we explore recent works related to sex, gender, and sexuality. Live discussions with the authors will be available online. 

Spring 2022

Dirty Works by Brett Gary

Live Discussion and Q&A April 28 at 5:30p EDT in-person at Morgenstern Books and online on Facebook Live

A rich account of 1920s to 1950s New York City, starring an eclectic mix of icons like James Joyce, Margaret Sanger, and Alfred Kinsey―all led by an unsung hero of free expression and reproductive rights: Morris L. Ernst.

Dirty Works sets the stage, legally and culturally, for the sexual revolution of the 1960s and beyond. In the latter half of the century, the courts had a powerful body of precedents, many owing to Ernst's courtroom successes, that recognized adult interests in sexuality, women's needs for reproductive control, and the legitimacy of sexual inquiry. The legacy of this important, but largely unrecognized, moment in American history must be reckoned with in our contentious present, as many of the issues Ernst and his colleagues defended are still under attack eight decades later.

Past Book Clubs

Trans Care by Hil Malatino
Originally streamed November 12, 2021

Click to view video on Facebook

"What does it mean for trans people to show up for one another, to care deeply for one another? How have failures of care shaped trans lives? What care practices have trans subjects and communities cultivated in the wake of widespread transphobia and systemic forms of trans exclusion?

Hil Malatino explores these questions and more in Trans Care, which won the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature and was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Transgender Nonfiction.

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