Faculty and Staff News Spring 2018
Recent faculty awards, the Kinsey Institute at LuddyFest, and a walk for charity.
Popular Culture Association Honors Kinsey Institute
The Kinsey Institute was recognized at the association's annual conference.
In the Research Blog: Afterglow
Can research tell us how long this very well-known post-sex bump in satisfaction lasts?
In the Research Blog: Asexuality
Dr. Justin clears up common confusions about asexuality; it's a sexual orientation.
In the Research Blog: Frequent Sex Is Linked to Better Memory
A series of recent studies suggests that frequent sexual activity could potentially benefit the brain.
In the Research Blog: How Your Personality Can Affect How You Communicate About Sex
Attachment style, one of the markers of personality, has been shown to affect how people approach communicating with their partners about sexual topics.
In the Research Blog: How Perception of Attractiveness Affects Condom Use
Results from a recent study suggest the more attractive a man considers his potential partner to be, the less likely he is to want to use condoms during sex.
In the Research Blog: Power of Touch
Research is mounting to show why physical intimacy can promote relationship health
In the Research Blog: Health Risks of Pubic Hair Grooming
Dr. Justin Lehmiller considers the growing trend of pubic hair grooming and offers tips to minimize risk.
Kinsey Institute Launches Research Blog
Featuring commentary on research trends from KI researchers and affiliates, and the Kinsey Institute Interview Series
Welcome Bio-Engineer Dr. Gregory Lewis
Dr. Lewis' research into intelligent systems will support the Kinsey Institute Sexual Trauma Research Consortium.
How Do We Rate Sexual History When We Choose Partners?
Our gender, personality, and relationship goals all affect how we evaluate the sexual history of potential partners.
Announcing Online Kinsey Institute Gift Shop
Sport your appreciation of the Kinsey Institute with our themed apparel and gifts.
Dr. Vitzthum Joins CeMCor Scientific Advisory Council
CeMCOR is the only centre in the world focussed on science of ovulation & ovulation disturbances.
NEW: Kinsey Institute Interview Series
Justin Lehmiller's interview with Canadian sex researcher, Dr. James Cantor, kicks off this new series.
Dr. Vitzthum Named Fulbright-NSF Scholar
Dr. Vitzthum is in Iceland investigating the effects of seasonal extremes of day length on women's physiology.
Kinsey Institute Launches Alfred C. Kinsey Sculpture Campaign
To mark the 70th anniversary, the institute is raising funds for a memorial sculpture of Dr. Kinsey to be installed on the IU Bloomington campus.
Visit our Open House on September 16
Our new Historical Exhibit, short talks on research, art & history, and a book signing!
How "Feeling Old"Can Affect the Quality of Your Sex Life
Dr. Justin Lehmiller explains recent research on the role "subjective age" plays in sexual satisfaction.
Marie Metelnick Named Communications Media Specialist
Marie is a long-time member of the Communications team specializing in social media and the Kinsey Institute website.
Announcing the 2017 John Money Fellows
Congratulations to our 2017 fellows Drew Clark-Huckstep and Joan Lubin.
Announcing Winner of Kraft-Kinsey Award
Yael Massen, an Indiana University MFA Candidate in Poetry, is working on a manuscript confronting sexual violence.
EC IQ Survey Reveals Student Misconceptions About Emergency Contraception
Kinsey Institute researchers worked with Teva Women's Health, Inc to investigate students' knowledge of contraception and unintended pregnancy.
Lecture: Dr. Justin Lehmiller on Fantasies of Cuckolding
Dr. Lehmiller discusses the findings from his two studies on troilism.
Shawn Wilson Named Associate Director of Collections
Shawn has previously served as manager of library public services and user services coordinator.
Applications Open for 2017 John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars in Sexology is awarded to an exceptional candidate in the field of sexology and is intended to support the use of library & archival materials at the Kinsey Institute. [Please note: applications for 2017 closed Jan 30th.]
Condom Use Research Team Findings Inspire A New Condom Design
The new O-Ring condom, recently cleared by the FDA for public use, was designed based on the findings of the KI Condom Use Research Team (CURT).
Assistant Archivists Join Collections Staff
Taylor Dean and Rachel Schend bring their experience and expertise to the Kinsey Institute collections.
Scholar Explores Photography Collection
Art historian Tom Baynes places photographer George Platt Lynes in the context of gay culture and aesthetic of the 1950's.
Kinsey Institute Exhibit at Intuit in Chicago
Private Eyes: Selected Artwork from the Kinsey Institute Collection explores the unique characteristics of homemade erotic artifacts.
Sue Carter Builds on the Kinsey Research Legacy
Check out some of the new podcasts and interviews with Dr. Carter.
In the Collections
Drew Clark-Huckstep and Hallimeda Allinson of the IU department of history are combing the archives to present the history of the Kinsey Institute.
New Faces at the Kinsey Institute
Meet Associate Director Dr. Nancy Ostrowski and Senior Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Jerry Jesseph.
Have Art, Will Travel: Kinsey Institute Launches Traveling Shows
Museum consultant Rebecca Fasman explains the goals of this new Kinsey collections initiative.
Research Briefs: Spring 2016
New research findings reveal attitudes and behaviors of LGTBQ singles, sexting behavior, and the stigma of virginity.
Sue Carter Shares Insights with DatingAdvice.com
Carter discusses bringing a fresh perspective to the Institute.
Study Explores Modern Stigma of Virginity
Kinsey Institute study finds relationship stigma associated with being a sexually inexperienced adult.
2016 John Money Fellowship Awarded
This year's John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology has been jointly awarded to Ruby Daily of Northwestern University and Demetrios Psihopaidas of the University of Southern California.
Historian Judith Allen Takes A New Look at The "Kinsey Reports"
Our inaugural CAHI/Kinsey Institute Fellow considers investigates how Kinsey's analytic process and thinking about sexuality evolved between the publication of the Male and Female volumes.
Research Briefs: Winter 2016
The latest from Kinsey researchers includes studies on: the menstrual cycle and immunity strength; the nature of romantic kissing across cultures; and condom-associated erectile issues.
Kinsey Institute Newsletter Winter 2016 Edition
New research from Kinsey Institute scientists, the inaugural CAHI/Kinsey Institute fellow, our valued volunteers, The Danish Girl, and more.
Dr. John Gagnon 1931-2016
Dr. John Gagnon was a major intellectual force in the sociology of sex, responsible with William Simon for the theory of sex scripting, and a staff member of the Institute for Sex Research under director Paul Gebhard from 1959-68.
New Research Tracks Links Between Inflammation, Sexual Activity and Ovulation
KI researchers Dr. Tierney Lorenz and Dr. Virginia Vitzthum—working with a sample of Bolivian women—tracked markers for heart disease risk and found dramatic changes over the ovulation cycle in sexually active premenopausal women.
Dr. Stephanie Sanders Named IU Provost Professor
Dr. Sanders was selected for achieving local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research.
KI Director Interview on Love & Mate Choice
Dr. Sue Carter joined Lisa Cantrell's "An Inexact Science" podcast to talk about romantic love and mate choice.
New Study Suggests Condoms Not the Cause of Erection Difficulties
Men in the study having erection problems with condoms exhibited other erection difficulties as well. Investigators also found that more than one-third of participants had never been taught how to use a condom correctly.
Blood Marker May Identify Risk of Postpartum Depression
KI Director Dr. Sue Carter is part of a research team that has identified a blood marker that may help clinicians identify which new mothers are at highest risk of developing postpartum depression (PPD).
Is the Romantic Kiss a Human Universal?
Dr. Justin Garcia and co-authors found less than half of cultures surveyed participate in romantic–sexual kissing. The more socially complex the culture, the higher frequency of kissing.
Applications Open for John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology supports graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at the Kinsey Institute. Applications are due by January 8, 2016. [Applications are closed]
Fall 2015 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available
Recent research briefs, treasures from the Kinsey Institute archives, student grant winners, abd new researchers join the team.
KI Director Speaks in COAS Fall Colloquium Series September 21
KI Director Dr. Sue Carter will be speaking on "Oxytocin and Human Evolution: What's love got to do with it?" Monday, September 21, 4pm. Psychology Building 101. For more information, visit our Events page »
Dr. Paul Gebhard, Original Kinsey Researcher, [1917-2015]
Paul Gebhard, former Kinsey Director and last original member of the Kinsey team, died on July 9, just after his 98th birthday. Paul regaled us with stories on his annual visits to the institute. He visited us for some interviews last summer, viewable on our YouTube channel.
2015 KI Student Research Grant Winners Announced
The 2015 Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants have been awarded to graduate students working in the biology and public health. You can read more about the awardees and their research here »
Spring/Summer 2015 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Meet two new researchers, faculty awards & staff milestones, opening night at the 10th annual Juried Art Show, postpartum hormone research, and more »
Kinsey Institute Open House May 16
In conjunction with opening events for the 2015 KI Juried Art Show, The Kinsey Institute will be open to the public on Saturday, May 17th from 11 am - 2 pm. Guests can learn about the Institute's history and current research efforts, and visit the KI Gallery to see artworks from the Institute's permanent collection.
10th Annual Juried Art Show Opens with Public Reception 6-8pm, Friday, May 15
The 2015 Juried Art Show is being shown in the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University. This exhibition will open Friday, May 15 and continue through Saturday, July 11. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery. A $200 prize will be awarded to the artist whose work is voted "Gallery Visitors' Choice" by visitors during the opening reception. Please join us!
2015 John Money Fellowship Awarded
We are pleased to announce the 2015 John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology has been jointly awarded to Russell Sheaffer of Indiana University and Julian Gill-Peterson of Rutgers University.
Winter 2015 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
New Director Sue Carter, sexology scholars report on research, 2015 Money Fellows announced, spring exhibits, new videos from Paul Gebhard, and more »
KI Sponsors Burlesque Documentary at IU Cinema Feb 5
Exposed (2013) reveals a secret world where cutting-edge performers are taking hold of a taboo art form, Burlesque, and driving it to extremes that most people have never seen. Free, tickets required. Thursday, Feb 5 at 7pm. Filmmaker Beth B will be present at the screening, and will also present a lecture on Friday, Feb 6 at 3 pm.
Spring Art Shows Open January 23
Two new exhibits open in the Kinsey Gallery on January 23rd: Hold That Pose examines erotic imagery in 19th-century photography, and Secret Impressions explores the mass production of erotica prior to the invention of the camera. Both shows run January 23 - April 3, with an opening reception on Friday, January 23rd.
Chronicle Article Spotlights New Director Sue Carter
Kinsey Director Dr. Sue Carter is the subject of an interview published in the latest Chronicle of Higher Eduction. The article looks at Dr. Carter's past research, and her vision for The Kinsey Institute under her direction.
2015 Juried Art Show Accepting Entries
Artists 18 years & older creating artworks that explore sex, gender, eroticism, reproduction, romantic relationships, are welcome to apply. [APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED]
Dr. Stephanie Sanders Named IU Provost Professor
IU has recognized Kinsey Institute researcher and Gender Studies faculty member Dr. Stephanie Sanders as an Indiana University Provost Professor for her national & international distinction in teaching and research activity.
Match.com Releases 2015 Singles In America Survey
Kinsey Institute researcher Dr. Justin Garcia is part of the research team behind the study. It remains the most comprehensive annual survey of single Americans. Result highlights available athttp://singlesinamerica.com.
London Exhibit Features Kinsey Collection
The Wellcome Trust's "Institute of Sexology" features over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, including materials about Alfred Kinsey and from the Kinsey Institute Collections. The show runs through 9/20/2015. Visit the exhibit webpage here »
Research Suggests Postmenopausal Women with Young Children May Suffer Less Symptoms
A new study has found that the multicultural tradition of grandmothering might help some women temper their hot flashes and night sweats during menopause. Read more in the Fall 2014 Kinsey Today newsletter.
Applications Open for John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology supports graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. [APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED]
Welcome Sue Carter, New Director of The Kinsey Institute
Indiana University has appointed Sue Carter, a pioneering leader in the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology, as 6th director of The Kinsey Institute, effective November 1. Welcome, Dr. Carter!
Fall 2014 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit, research on menopause, new books, student grant applications and more »
New Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Program
The Kinsey Institute and IU Dean of Students office at Indiana University will collaborate to develop a Sexual Assault Prevention Program for the Bloomington campus.
Researchers Justin Garcia, Leslie Fasone and Carol McCord will work with IU students to gather information about the prevalence of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and victimization incidents on campus. This project is supported by a grant from the Women's Philanthropy Fund at Indiana University.
Kinsey Institute Welcomes New Affiliate Faculty
We are pleased to welcome several new affiliated faculty this fall: Dr. Silvia Bigatti and Dr. Kathryn Coe of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI; Dr. Kristen Mark, Director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab at University of Kentucky; and Dr. Paul Wright of The Media School at IU Bloomington.
New Study Released on Single Parents & Dating
KI researcher Dr. Justin Garcia is part of a team who have released a new study on "Dating and Sexual Behavior Among Single Parents of Young Children in the United States." Available online atThe Journal for Sex Research.
New Study on Orgasm Rates Compares Genders & Orientation
A new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine co-authored by Justin Garcia, Kim Wallen, Elisabeth Lloyd and Helen Fisher analyzes singles data to uncover differences in sexual outcomes. Among the findings: men of all orientations report the highest rates of orgasm, followed by lesbian women, heterosexual women, and bisexual women.
Dr. Stephanie Sanders Honored with Distinguished Service Award
Kinsey Institute Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist Dr. Stephanie Sanders has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibit Oct 10 - Nov 22
Appearing in the Grunwald Gallery. The photographs in this exhibition are a result of a 2011 donation from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. A companion show, Beyond Mapplethorpe, is showing in an adjacent gallery.
Applications Open for KI Student Research Grants
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants program confers up to four $1000 sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and seeks to fund significant and innovative research that deals with human sexuality. Applications are due by November 16th. [APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED]
Fall Exhibitions Open in KI Gallery September 19
Undress Me presents vintage photographs of women in lingerie from the KI collection paired with corsets, slips, brassieres, and other articles of clothing on loan from the Sage Collection at Indiana University. The Taste of Seduction examines the rich tradition of linking the enjoyment of food and drink with sex and arousal.
Presenting "The Taste of Seduction" Interactive Event on September 19th
At our Fall Exhibition opening on September 19th, gallery guests will have the opportunity to sample a wide range of foods and beverages which are considered to be aphrodisiacs in literature, culture, science and myth. September 19th, 4:30-7:00 pm, Morrison Hall.
Summer 2014 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Sexual assault research at IU, awards for scientist Tierney Lorenz, Money Fellow Liam Lair, upcoming art shows & more »
2014 Juried Art Show Opening Events
The 2014 Juried Art Show opens with a public reception from 6-8pm on Friday, May 16th, at the Grunwald Gallery, with an after part at The Back Door from 8-11pm. On Saturday, May 17th, some of the show artists will be available for Q&A session from 2:30-4:30pm at The Kinsey Institute.
Kinsey Institute Open House May 17
In conjunction with opening events for the 2014 KI Juried Art Show, The Kinsey Institute will be open to the public on Saturday, May 17th from 11 am - 2 pm. Guests can learn about the Institute's history and current research efforts, and visit the KI Gallery to see artworks from the Institute's permanent collection.
Spring 2014 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
New research in Greenland, United Nations status, revisiting the Dual Control Model, the 2014 Juried Art Show and more »
Two Exhibitions Open in KI Gallery April 11th
Running April 11 to September 12, Creative Minds features work produced by artists whose primary professions are as sex researchers, physicians, or scientists. And in the corridor gallery,Artistic Types: Text in Visual Art offers a selection of artworks in which words or the alphabet play a significant role in the composition. The exhibition features a wide range of media, from vintage photographs to contemporary pieces.
2014 John Money Fellowship Awarded
We are pleased to announce the 2014 John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology has been jointly awarded to Jessica Hille of Indiana University, and Liam Oliver Lair of University of Kansas.
2014 KI Student Research Grant Winners Announced
The 2014 Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants have been awarded to four graduate students working in the diverse fields of medicine, anthropology, human development, and sociology & statistics.
Winter 2014 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Student research grants awarded, KI research in the news, new study on women's sexual health and immunity, an update on Kinsey Reporter, and more »
Lectures by KI Director Candidates Announced
The current candidates for new Director of The Kinsey Institute will be presenting a public lecture on the IU campus. Lectures will be held in the Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on these dates:
Kinsey Institute Open House on January 25
The Kinsey Institute will have an Open House on Saturday, January 25, 11am to 2pm, for PRIDE Film Festival attendees, and the public. Visitors can see historical documents and artwork from the Kinsey Institute Collections.
January 24th Lecture Postponed
Due to weather related travel delays, Friday's lecture by Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz has been postponed. A new date is forthcoming. Our art exhibit openings will be continuing as scheduled.
Art Show Reception January 24th
Join us for opening night reception for our two new KI Gallery exhibits, Beauty and the Beast: The Art of Ian Hornak, and Flora. Friday, January 24th, 5-7 pm, Morrison Hall. The reception is free, and refreshments will be served.
Two Exhibitions Open in KI Gallery Jan 24th
Running January 24 to April 4, Beauty and the Beast showcases a major gift of drawings and paintings 20th century American artist Ian Hornak. And in the corridor gallery, Flora presents a selection of photographs, prints, paintings, sculptures and books from the permanent collection that feature plant or landscape imagery.
Fall 2013 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
New director search, condom homework, the limited edition George Platt Lynes portfolio, a host of fall visitors and more »
Applications Open for 2014 Juried Art Show
The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show showcases artworks addressing gender issues, sexuality, reproduction, sexual politics, romantic relationships, and the human figure. [Applications are closed]
Applications Open for John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology supports graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. [Applications are closed.]
Applications Open for KI Student Research Grants
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants program confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and seeks to fund significant and innovative research, from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, that deals with human sexuality. [Applications are closed.]
Kinsey Institute Seeks New Director
After two terms as Director, Dr. Julia Heiman is stepping down to return to her faculty position at Indiana University. A search committee is now seeking candidates for a new Director.
Kinsey Institute Welcomes New CTRD Fellow
Dr. Tierney Lorenz is our new postdoctoral fellow through the Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity Program. Her research is examining how sexual activity interacts with immune response in women.
Fall Art Exhibits Extended to January
Past/Present and La Vida Sexual, now on exhibit in the Kinsey Institute Gallery and Corridor gallery, have been extended until January 15th, 2014.
New Grant to Study Transgender Issues in the U.S. Military
Researchers at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington have been awarded a two-year grant to study the medical accommodation and care of transgender service members in the U.S. military. Read the press release »
New Addition to Kinsey Archives Expands GLBT Historical Resources
The Chris Gonzalez GLBT Archives provides a unique glimpse into the early, organized GLBT community in a mid-sized, Midwestern city.
Two New Show Open Sept 6 in the KI Gallery
Past/Present is our contribution to the Fall 2013 Themester: “Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World.” The exhibition will bring together older artworks from the collection and recent acquisitions, to explore the connection between the work of contemporary artists and artwork and imagery from past eras. La Vida Sexual will be on display in our Corridor Gallery, an exhibition of artwork from Latin America or produced by artists originally from Latin American countries, as well as Spanish-language materials from the Kinsey Institute Library.
Summer Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Now Online
The 60th anniversary of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, researchers present at IASR conference, a report from our John Money scholar, and more »
Evolution and Human Behavior
Kinsey researcher Justin Garcia & co-author Peter Gray explain the evolutionary science of human sexual behavior. Published by Harvard Press, it is "intended for generally curious readers of all stripes."
Juried Art Show Opens At The Grunwald Gallery
The 2013 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show is showing at the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University from May 17 through July 13.
Face Value and Casual Encounters Open in the KI Gallery
Two new exhibits open at The Kinsey Institute on April 12th, running until August 30th. Face Valueappears in the main gallery, featuring a variety of portraits pulled from the Kinsey Institute collections. Casual Encounters, appearing in the Corridor Gallery, takes a look at intimate yet anonymous sexual interactions.
Spring Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Now Online
Opening night at the 2013 Juried Art Show, new donations to the Library and Kinsey Collections, staff news and more »
Samantha Allen receives John Money Award&
Congratulations to Emory University Ph.D. student Samantha Allen, the 2013 John Money Fellow for Scholars of Sexology. She will use the Kinsey research collections for her dissertation on sexual fetishism.
2013 Student Research Grant Winners Announced
Our 2013 awardees are examining issues of personal growth and resilience in the LGBT community, mating strategies in males, women's experience with hormonal oral contraceptives, and coping strategies employed by HIV-positive men in rural settings.
Judy Dater: Memories & Reminiscences
Renowned photographer Judy Dater will be speaking at Indiana University on Friday, April 12 4:00-5:00 pm, in Fine Arts, 015. This is a Horizons of Knowledge lecture, co-sponsored by The Kinsey Institute.
Winter 2013 Edition of Kinsey Today Newsletter Now Online
The Winter Edition of the Kinsey Today newsletter is online, featuring Student grant winners, new faculty publications & awards, a new sexual assault documentary, and more »
Kinsey Institute Researcher Finds College Students Replacing Dating with Hookups
Kinsey Institute researcher Dr. Justin Garcia is co-author of a study analyzing shifts in relationship behavior among US college students. Garcia and his colleagues found that college students are having more hookups for casual sexual encounters than first dates, which contrasts with wider US trends of dating toward relationships and marriage before sex. The study was published in Review of General Psychology. Read the press release »
Kinsey Institute Open House February 2nd
In conjunction with the10th Annual PRIDE Film Fest, The Kinsey Institute will hold an Open House on Saturday, February 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors can view artwork, research information, and historical documents in the Institute and visit the Naked Spaces exhibit in the gallery.
February 1 LECTURE: Sex Research and Real Life
Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman will deliver a lecture at the IU School of Public Health on Friday, February 1st, 2013. 11:45-12:45, Room 125. The subject of her lecture will be "Sex Research and Real Life: Embracing Complexity."
Call for Artists for 2013 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. The 2013 Juried Art Show will be exhibited at the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University from May 17 - July 13, 2013.
Kinsey Institute Mourns the Passing of Dr. Leah Cahan Schaefer
Dr. Schaefer, 93, was a pioneer in the study of women's sexuality and transgender health. The Kinsey library houses the Leah Schaefer Collection.
Brain Study on New Mothers and Stress
Researchers at The Kinsey Institute and the University of Zurich have found that new mothers react less to external stresses than other women do. New mothers shown disturbing images showed less brain activity than childless women in the study. Researchers believe that postpartum changes in levels of oxytocin may be involved; childless women given oxytocin via nasal spray displayed brain patterns similar to the new mothers.
Read the press release »
Naked Spaces Opens in the KI Gallery
Naked Spaces: Architecture in Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection appears in the Kinsey Institute Gallery through April 5th. Drawing on the Kinsey Institute's permanent collections, this exhibition investigates the ways artists manipulate architectural representation to communicate ideas about sex, gender, and the erotic.
Contribute to Sex Research in New Online Study
Kinsey Institute Fellow Dr. Justin Garcia has a new online study on romantic relationships and sexual behavior. You can participate in the study at this link » Participation is confidential.
Director Julia Heiman honored as Fellow of AAAS
Dr. Julia Heiman has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science "for distinguished contributions to research on human sexuality and for inspired leadership in the field of sex research."
Fall 2012 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Fall issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » Important new donations to the Kinsey Library and Archives, call for student grants, Chaz Bono visits IU, and more.
Applications Open for 2013 John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology was established to support graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. [Applications are closed.]
Two Fall Exhibits Open in KI Gallery
A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners presents photography a a means of exploring the partnership of an artist and their loved one through the creation of art. Gender Expressions uses materials from the Kinsey Institute collections to illustrate the various ways that people express or challenge their gender identity. Both exhibits run September 28 - December 20 in the gallery.
New Review Article Looks At Latest Research on Hook-Up Culture
A team of researchers, including Kinsey Fellow Dr. Justin R. Garcia, reviewed recent research on sexual hook-up culture and found that "these encounters are becoming increasingly normative among adolescents and young adults in North America, representing a marked shift in openness and acceptance of uncommitted sex." Published in Review of General Psychology » Read the press release here »
CEEP Reports Significant Sexual Violence in Indiana
Indiana University study finds that Indiana has one of highest sexual violence rates in the country, particularly among young women in high school. Kinsey researcher Dr. Julia Heiman is co-author of the study. Read the study » Read commentary from study authors » Read more in the Spring 2012 Kinsey Today newsletter »
Apply for Kinsey Student Research Grants
Fulltime graduate students from a wide-array of disciplines are eligible for Kinsey research grants.Deadline is Nov 10, 2012. [Applications are closed.]
Kinsey Institute Fall Events at Indiana University Sept. 25: Circle of 6 App: A Presidential Approach: Stopping Sexual Violence Before it Happens
Oct. 4: Chaz Bono at the IU Auditorium
Oct. 3-5: Booksale, Kinsey library.
Research, Activism, and Social Change:Sexuality 2012 in Seattle
You are cordially invited to attend this elegant, gourmet dinner and intriguing panel discussion with key leadership from The Kinsey Institute, Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, Pride Foundation, and Tor Project – four influential nonprofits that are transforming the landscape of sexuality, behavioral science, and personal freedom.
Volunteer Needed in the Kinsey Library
DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS: Volunteer needed in The Kinsey Institute Library to help with temporary project shifting books in the stacks. Must handle material with care, be able to lift, bend, and push, able to work independently and as part of a team, and show accurate attention to detail. Must be comfortable with the subject of human sexuality and maintain confidentiality.
HOURS: 2-6 hours per week during the hours of 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday
CONTACT: Email resume to:
Shawn C. Wilson
Library Public Services Manager
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
New Tattoo Art Show Opens in the Kinsey Institute Gallery
Ephemeral Ink features depictions of tattoos and tattooing that provide a glimpse into the evolution of tattooing style and technique over the course of a hundred years. Individuals from many walks of life and of all ages have had their bodies marked with needle and ink, for both personal and professional reasons. In the gallery July 9 - September 21, 2012.
Juried Art Show Opens May 18 at Grunwald Gallery of Art
The 2012 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show will be on display May 18-July 21 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University. Jurors Louise Lippincott of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Betsy Stirratt of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University, and Catherine Johnson-Roehr from The Kinsey Institute, have selected over 100 artworks to display of the several hundred entries recieved from around the world.
Spring 2012 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Spring issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » New sexual violence study, the 2012 Juried Art Show, visitors to the Institute, and more.
In the Gallery: Man As Object: Reversing the Gaze
Showing April 13 - June 29, 2012. Man as Object presents works of art that examine the visibility of men and masculinity from female/feminist/transgender perspectives. Organized by Karen Gutfreund, Priscilla Otani, and Brenda Oelbaum for the Women’s Caucus for Art with Tanya Augsburg, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University, as Juror.
New Study Examines Role of Ethnicity in Risky Sexual Behavior
The study examined ethnicity as a factor in sexual behaviors and sexual risk-taking among four ethnic groups. Results were mixed with ethnicity acting a moderating role in some sexual behaviors and not others. Kinsey Institute Director Julia Heiman is a co-author of the study. Read the study (pdf) »
Study Takes Global Perspective on Condom Use
Members of the Kinsey Institute's Condom Use Research Team looked at condom use errors and problems worldwide. The study appears in the special global condom use issue of Sexual Health.Read the study »
CURT Edits Special Condom Issue of Sexual Health Journal
Members of the Kinsey Institute's Condom Use Research Team (CURT) have been invited to edit a special issue of Sexual Health highlighting global issues of condom use. For more on the special issue, see our newsletter article »
'Had Sex' Article Among 5% Most-Cited
The study by Kinsey Institute researchers Dr. Stephanie Sanders and Brandon Hill, and co-authors Dr. William Yarber, Dr. Cynthia Graham, Dr. Robin Milhausen, and Dr. Rick Crosby asked participants what they meant by the term 'had sex.' The article is among the top 5% most-cited articles published in Sexual Health over the last two years.
2012 John Money Fellowship Awardee Announced
Graduate student Eli Vitulli has been awarded the 2012 John Money Fellowshop for Scholars of Sexology. This award was established in 2002 to support graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute. Vitulli is investigating the history of incarceration and criminilization of non-gender conforming and transgender individuals in the United States across the twentieth century.
2012 Student Research Grant Winners Announced
Our 2012 awardees are examining issues of HIV/AIDS and its effect on marital relations, how infertility affects couples sexually and emotionally, the biochemistry of 'pillow talk', and how asexuality is defined as alternative gender identity and as sexual dysfunction.
Winter 2012 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Winter issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » Unveiling the new digitization lab, announcing student research grant & John Money Fellowship awardees, Dr. Vitzthum recognized by AAAS, a new postdoc fellow and more.
Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum Honored By AAAS
Kinsey Institute Senior Scientist and bio-anthropologist Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum has been named as a new Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished contributions to science. You can read more about Dr. Vitzthum's research here »
Masters and Johnson Archives Come to Kinsey Institute
Virginia Johnson and her family have donated the rich collection of correspondence, research papers, media coverage, books, paintings, awards and more from this pioneering research team of the 20th century.
Applications Open for 2012 Juried Art Show
The Kinsey Institute is accepting applications from all artists 18 years of age and older with artworks that explore sexuality, eroticism, gender, reproduction, romantic relationships, the politics of sex & gender, or the human figure. Application deadline is February 6, 2012. [Applications are closed.]
Fall 2011 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our Fall issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » New Masters & Johnson archives in the KI Library, a donation of photographs from the Mapplethorpe Foundation, fall research conferences, and more.
Seeking Couples for Internet Survey
Kinsey Institute researchers have begun a new study on couples and marital counseling. If you are a couple who have attended couples/marital counseling together in the past or are currently in couples/marital counseling, we invite to participate in this study. You must be 18 to participate.
Applications Open For 2012 John Money Fellowship
Could you make use of the library and archives of The Kinsey Institute for your research? Graduate students from a wide-range of disciplines who are based at U.S. universities may be eligible for this fellowship. [Applications are closed.]
Apply for 2012 Student Research Grants
Sexuality research grants are awarded annually to support significant and innovative research in human sexuality. Emerging scholars from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives are invited to apply. [Applications are closed.]
New Study Examines Hormonal Birth Control and Women's Sexual Experience
A new study led by Nicole Smith, from IU's Center for Sexual Health Promotion, with co-researchers Kristen N. Jozkowski, at the University of Arkansas; and Stephanie A. Sanders, of The Kinsey Institute, examined how newer forms of hormonal contraception affect things such as arousal, lubrication and orgasm, and found that they could still hamper important aspects of sexuality despite the family planning benefits and convenience. Smith is presenting the study findings Monday, Oct 31st at the 2011 meeting of the American Public Health Association. You can read more about the study in this press release »
Summer 2011 Issue of Kinsey Today Newsletter Available Online
Our late summer issue of Kinsey Today is available to read here » In this issue: the international couples study, the challenge of preserving the complexity of research results in news reporting, new video of the Juried Art Show and artist interviews, and a peek at photography by Len Prince that will be on exhibit in late October.
Bisexuality Response Study Leads To New Discussions
In a study published earlier this year, researchers Jerome Cerny and Erick Janssen found that bisexual men have unique patterns of sexual arousal, compared to heterosexual or homosexual men. A new article in the NY Times discusses this and a new study on bisexuality from Northwestern University researchers. Read the article in the NY Times and the original study (PDF).
New Video: Researchers Mark & Janssen Discuss Infidelity Study
Senior Scientist Dr. Erick Janssen interviews IU grad student and researcher Kristen Mark on the recent study on infidelity in heterosexual couples. They discuss the layout of the study, how results were measured, and the most interesting findings. View the video now on Youtube » Read the original study (PDF) »
Len Prince Exhibit Catalog Now Available
Original photo book includes interviews & over 100 images from the Len Prince photography exhibit which appeared in the Kinsey Gallery in October 2011. Find the catalog now at Blurb.com »
New Video: 2011 Juried Art Show Opening Reception
Our new video features artwork and interviews with artists at the opening night reception of the 2011 Juried Art Show. View the video now on YouTube »
Limited Public Tours and Access This Fall
The Kinsey Institute is undergoing construction this fall which will limit public access until mid-October. The Kinsey Institute Gallery will be closed from September 3 to October 24, and there will be no public tours until November. We invite you to follow our news on the website, or throughFacebook and Twitter, and we look forward to welcoming visitors again in late October.
International Study Released of Sexual Satisfaction & Relationship Happiness in Midlife
Involving 1,009 couples in five countries, this is the first study to examine sexual and relationship parameters of middle-aged and older couples in committed relationships of 1–51 years duration. Read the press release » Read the study (PDF) »
Storytellers Exhibit Re-Opens Until September 2nd
Construction work on the Institute progressed faster than expected, and we are pleased to announce that Storytellers will re-open until the original closing date of September 2nd. Catch it while you can!
No Public or Self-guided Tours Available Aug 1-5
Due to construction and in interest in public safety, public access to the Kinsey Institute will be unavailable or extremely limited until later in Fall 2011. We recommend that if you are interested in visiting, you call first to check what is available. As soon as possible, we will reinstitute our open hours feature. We will post updates as available.
Storytellers Closing July 29th Due to Construction
Due to construction work and an interest in public safety, public access to the Kinsey Institute will be unavailable or very limited until later in the fall. Accordingly, we are closing Storytellers on July 29th, 2011, rather than September 2nd as previously announced. We apologize for the inconvenience. As soon as possible, we will reinstitute our open hours, and announce new dates for our fall exhibits. Visit the Kinsey Institute Gallery page for more updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this important construction project.
Storytellers Extended Through September 2nd
The Kinsey Gallery exhibition Storytellers, originally scheduled to close July 15th, is being extended through Friday, September 2nd. Visit our Gallery Page for information on Storytellers, and upcoming fall exhibits.
New Study Released on Infidelity in Heterosexual Couples
The study findings suggest that sexual personality characteristics and, for women, relationship factors are more relevant to the prediction of sexual infidelity than demographic variables like marital status or religiosity. Read the study (PDF) »
Storytellers Exhibit Featured In Online Gallery
UPDATED: Selections from the latest Kinsey Gallery show, Storytellers, were available to view online 2011-2015. The online gallery is now closed. Storytellers features story-driven artworks from the Kinsey collections including pulp fiction, comics, and pillowbooks. The physical show was on display in the Kinsey Institute Gallery until July 15, 2011.
KI Scientist Analyzes Research on Sexual Arousal in Men
Dr Erick Janssen has written an article in Hormones and Behavior discussing current descriptions and models of sexual arousal, analyzing the connections between sexual desire and sexual arousal, and the role of genital feedback in assessing sexual arousal. An abstract is available from Science Direct » (A subscription is required to view the full article.)
Spring Issue of Kinsey Today Available Online
The annual Juried Art Show, research updates, progress on the digitization project, and more »
John Money Fellowship Awardees Announced
Graduate students Jill Weinberg and Anastasia Jones have jointly been awarded the 2011 John Money Fellowshop for Scholars of Sexology. This award was established in 2002 to support graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute. Weinberg is investigating how social forces influence the medical category of Gender Identity Disorder (GID); Jones is examining the depiction of desire between women in the interwar period (1920-1940) in the U.S.
Andrew Bratton Joins Kinsey Staff As New Associate Director of Development
Andrew “Drew” Bratton comes to the Kinsey Institute from the USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC), where he was the Competition’s Executive Director since 2009. He has worked with numerous non-profit arts organizations in Indiana and Illinois, planning, producing and marketing shows and events. Welcome!
2011 Student Research Grant Winners Announced
Our 2011 awardees are examining issues of sexual coercion, how sexual identity is developed among sexual minorities and sex workers, and how sexual arousal interacts with sexual orientation and decision-making.
Postdoctoral Fellowships now available in Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity
Indiana University invites applications post-doctoral traineeships to be supported by NICHD via a training grant called 'Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity.' We especially welcome applicants who are interested in addressing these questions in humans and who seek cross-disciplinary training that will enrich and deepen their work. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact possible faculty mentors.
Researching Sexual Predators and the Media - New KI Presents Podcast
2010 John Money Fellow and grad student Bradley Lane discusses his research into sexual predators, and how the media shapes our perception of sexual violence. You can listen to the podcast here »
New Photography Book Benefits The Kinsey Institute
Members of the private photography group f-eleven have collaborated on a book of featuring 190 fine art photographs, including fine art nudes. 100% of the profits from sales of the book will benefit The Kinsey Institute. The book, f-eleven volume 3, is available in softcover and hardcover at Blurb »
New National Sex Study Released
Kinsey Institute researchers collaborated on the newly released National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), which examines the sexual experiences and condom-use behaviors of 5,865 respondents in nine new studies. Find more information and download reports »
Private Eyes Curators Release Exhibition Catalog
Curators Betsy Stirratt, Blaise Cronin & Garry Milius have written a catalog documenting this unique exhibit of home-made and amateur artifacts. Revisit the Private Eyes show »
Kinsey Institute Administrative Secretary Pat Lacy Receives Local Honor
Congratulations to Pat Lacy, recognized by the Bloomington Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Most Valuable Front-Line Employee of the Year. "Whether first year students at IU, a class from Ohio, IU conference attendees, alumni, or interested individuals, Pat makes people feel comfortable around a challenging subject, sexuality. In her down-to-earth style, she welcomes everyone, and answers all their questions and concerns with knowledge, honesty and respect.We are proud to have her, in every sense of the word, at our ‘front desk.’" (from the Institute's nomination).
Kinsey Grad Students Among 2011 WISP Award Winners
Congratulations to Kristen Mark, PhD student in Applied Health Science and Kinsey Confidential blogger, and Yvette Hill, PhD student in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Kinsey Institute researcher, for their awards at the 2011 IU Women in Science research conference.
Winter Issue of Kinsey Today Available Online
Student research grant winners, new fellowship opportunities, video & film from the Kinsey Collections and more »
CURT Team Presents 10 Years of Condom Research on World AIDS Day
The Condom Use Research Team (CURT) is a collaborative research team involving The Kinsey Institute, the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP), and affiliated researchers from Canada and the U.K., which as spent over a decade documenting the problems encountered by people using condoms during sex. Members of the team will be presenting highlights from the last 10 years of research on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2010, from 4-5 pm in the Kinsey Institute Conference Room, Morrison Hall, Indiana University.
KI Director Julia Heiman Receives SSSS Award
Dr. Julia Heiman was awarded the 2010 Kinsey Award for her lifetime accomplishments in the field of sex research. The award was presented at the recent annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). You can read more about the award in our Winter 2010 newsletter »
Call for Artists for 2011 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
[Applications are closed.] The 2011 Juried Art Show was be exhibited at the SoFA Gallery at Indiana University from May 20 - July 30, 2011.
Applications Open for 2011 John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology supports the work of graduate students whose research can benefit from using the collections of The Kinsey Institute. Applications are encouraged from all students enrolled in a graduate program in the United States and whose interests concern the history, politics, methodology of sexology and sexuality studies. [Applications are closed.]
Call For Proposals for 2011 KI Student Research Grant Program
Each year, the Kinsey Institute Student Research Grant Program confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and seeks to fund significant and innovative research, from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, that deals with human sexuality. The program is supported by donations from Friends of The Kinsey Institute. [Applications are closed.]
IU Grad Student Kathryn Macapagal Receives Research Awards
Kinsey Institute Research Assistant Kathryn Macapagal has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral from the National Institute of Mental Health. She has also been granted the 2010 L. Ochoada Graduate Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, which is awarded to honor the memory of Matias L. Ochoada, a researcher at the IU Cyclotron Facility.
Kathryn's research examines visual and internal attentional biases associated with sexual risk behavior in young social drinkers. Her dissertation title is "Self-Regulation & Attentional Mechanisms of HIV/STI Risk Taking in Young Drinkers". She has also been involved in research projects with Kinsey researchers Dr. Erick Janssen and Dr. Julia Heiman on issues of compulsivity and impulsiveness in risky sexual behavior.
Fall Issue of Kinsey Today Now Available Online
A national sex survey, new exhibit in the gallery, student grant & fellowship announcements, October lectures and more »
New Video Spotlights Opening Night at the 2010 KI Juried Art Show
The 5th Annual Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show closed on July 30th. If you missed the show, relive Opening Night captured in our video - featuring interviews with the artists & models, and some public reactions to the artworks on display ». The exhibit website also includes photos of the exhibit, and an audio interview with show curators Betsy Stirrat and Garry Milius.
Bellarmine Professor Looks At Alternative Relationship Models
Dr. Curt Bergstrand will be speaking about "The Tyranny of Two: Are Love and Non-monogamy Incompatible?" on Thursday, October 7th, noon - 1:15 pm. Dr. Curt Bergstrand is the co-author of the research book, Swinging in America: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the 21st Century. He is a Professor of Sociology at at Bellermine University in Kentucky.
Artist Yara Ferreira Clüver Speaks on The Female Body
"The Female Body Transformed Through Experience: Personal Truth, Public Controversy," on Friday, September 10, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Morrison Hall 007. Offered in conjunction with the opening ofNature and Nurture in the Kinsey Institute Gallery. The lecture is free and open to the public.
New KI Presents Podcasts Focus on KI Library and the Condom Use Research Team
We've added two new interview to our podcast archives. Liana Zhou, head of the Kinsey Library talks about how the library collections support sex research, and document sexuality in the culture, and the members of the Condom Use Research Team (CURT) share insights into 10+ years of their collaborative research in three countries on issues of condom use. You can listen to the podcastshere »
New Study Examines Alcohol and Sexual Abuse as Factors in Risky Sexual Behavior
Investigators from the University of Washington and The Kinsey Institute found that alcohol and childhood sexual abuse were contributing factors to risky sexual behavior in women. Women in the study who had experienced childhood sexual abuse were significantly less likely to use condoms than women who had not been sexually abused, or experienced abuse in adulthood only. Intoxicated women reported significantly greater sexual arousal, positive mood, and likelihood of risky sex relative to sober women. The study appears in the Archives of Sexual Behavior »
Violinist Joshua Bell Hosts KI Fundraiser
Renowned violinist Joshua Bell opened his New York City loft to host a fundraising event for The Kinsey Institute and honor his father, former KI researcher Dr. Alan Bell. Bell and his mother, Shirley Bell, spoke on the importance of KI research, and the legacy of Dr. Bell. Dr. Alice Ginott spoke about her experience as a college student at IU being interviewed by the Kinsey team. The evening also included a concert by Bell and musical guests, and raised $90,000 to support the Kinsey Institute's mission to advance sexual health and knowledge worldwide. You can read more and see photos of the event in our Summer 2010 newsletter »
Rep. Souder's Resignation Sparks Interest in Sex Research Controversy
News of his infidelity causes Indiana Rep. Mark Souder to resign. KI Researcher Erick Janssen comments on Rep. Souder's situation and why people stray sexually from their marriages. Ironically, Souder had been an opponent of The Kinsey Institute's sex research funding, and of Alfred Kinsey in particular.
Dr. Janssen is interviewed about Rep. Souder on WIBC, Indianapolis, May 19, 2010 (4:34 mins; mp3)
KI Researcher Studies Hormonal Variations in Rural Bolivian Men and Women
Senior Scientist Dr. Virginia J. Vitzthum is a member of a research team working with indigenous populations in rural Bolivia to investigate the effects of harsh environment and living conditions on the fluctations of hormones in men and women. The team has recently published two studies: one on testosterone levels in the men (available online here), and another on the seasonal variations in conception rates and early pregnancy loss in women (available online here).
New Study to Investigate Hormonal Changes During Peri-Menopause
Dr. Virginia Vitzthum is beginning a ground-breaking study of changes in hormones and health indicators that occur during the peri-menopausal transition in rural Bolivian women. This study will be the first comprehensive examination of such peri-menopausal changes in a non-industrialized population, and the first to test whether these changes differ between industrialized (e.g., U.S.) and non-industrialized populations.
Dr Vitzthum is returning to work with a group she first studied over a decade ago, making her study also the first to evaluate, in the same sample of women, the relationship between hormone levels at the peak of a woman’s reproductive years and those during her transition through menopause. This study is funded through the Faculty Research Support Program from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University.
When Couples Talk About Sexual Matters
A newly published study on sexual communication in relationships examined couples talking about sexual and nonsexual issues, and then looked at whether those interactions could be used to reliably predict relationship satisfaction for the couple. Read more in our newsletter »
Listen to Dr. Erick Janssen, one of the co-authors of the study, speak about "Studying Sexuality in Relationships" (mp3).
Graduate students honored through Indiana University's Women in Science Colloquium
Kathryn Macapagal won first place in the Graduate Student/social science division for her poster,Developing eroticized safe-sex messages to improve condom use attitudes in college men and women. Co-authors are Kassandra Kite and Julia Heiman.
Kristen Mark, Ph.D. student in Applied Health Science and Kinsey Confidential blogger, won 2nd place for her poster: Do you need to be sexually compatible to be satisfied? Results from a sample of couples.
7th Edition of Human Sexuality Textbook Released
Dr. William Yarber, a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, is the new lead author of the latest edition of the introductory college textbook, Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America(McGraw-Hill, Seventh ed., 2010, 636 pp.). Dr. Yarber is a Professor of Applied Health Science, Professor of Gender Studies, and Senior Director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University.
New Video Highlights Collections of the KI Library
The video offers a sample of the rich variety of resources contained in the Kinsey Institute Archives and Collections. Visit our YouTube channel to watch the video and learn more about our collections.
New research on Condom Use and Fit and on Definitions of "Had Sex"
Research published this month has public health implications. Read more about these studies in the Winter newsletter »
2010 KI Student Grant Recipients Announced
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grant program confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and seeks to fund significant and innovative research. Six grants are awarded: three to Indiana University students, and three to students from other universities.
New Podcast with KI Director on Recent KI History and Future Plans
Dr. Julia Heiman considers the first five years of her tenure as KI Director, and discusses the direction of future research at the Institute. Listen to "Kinsey Institute Presents: The Kinsey Institute Today, KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman." The KI Presents podcast and individual episodes are available on the iTunes store.
New Gallery Exhibit Features Amateur Art
Private Eyes: Amateur Art from The Kinsey Institute Collection explores the unique characteristics of homemade erotic artifacts. These one-of-a-kind items, spanning the naively playful and the transgressive, were intended for private consumption and created with specific individuals in mind, unlike mass-produced, commercially distributed pornography. January 22 - April 2, 2010 in the Kinsey Institute Gallery.
Bancroft Makes A Case For Sex Therapy
In the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Senior Research Fellow and former KI Director John Bancroft joins the commentary on sex therapy, and defends the unique potential to help people, beyond general therapy. ("Sex Therapy Needs Building Not Deconstruction" Archives of Sexual Behavior. 38 (6)1028-1030).
Kinsey Institute Researchers Receive 2009 Reiss Theory Award
Kinsey Institute researchers received the 2009 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for their publication, "Women's Scores on the Sexual Inhibition / Sexual Excitation Scales: Gender Similarities and Differences." Co-authors of the paper are Dr. Deanna Carpenter, Dr. Erick Janssen, Dr. Cynthia Graham, Dr. Harrie Vorst, and Dr. Jelte Wicherts. The Sexual Inhibition / Sexual Excitation scales utilise the dual control model of sexual response developed at The Kinsey Institute. You can also hear Dr. Janssen talk about the dual control model in a KI Presents interview, available for free on the iTunes store. Search for KI Presents.
Call for Proposals - Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants 2009-2010
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants 2009-2010 confers up to six sexuality research grants to emerging scholars (three at IU, and three at other universities) and seeks to fund significant and innovative research, from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, that deals with human sexuality. Proposals are now being accepted electronically. [Applications are closed]
Applications Open for John Money Fellowship
The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology supports the work of graduate students whose research can benefit from using the collections of The Kinsey Institute. Applications are encouraged from all students enrolled in a graduate program in the United States and whose interests concern the history, politics, methodology of sexology and sexuality studies. [Applications are closed.]
New Research Publications Available
View our Summer 2009 newsletter for a list of some new studies released by Kinsey Institute researchers and affiliated faculty, and a brief look at two new books by KI Associate Scientist Dr. Erick Janssen, and affiliated IU faculty member Dr. Debby Herbenick.
Kinsey Confidential Unveils New Look
Kinsey Confidential, our sexuality information service designed for college-age adults, now looks better than ever. The redesigned KC site features current news and research blogs, book reviews, in-depth information on sex and gender topics, and questions and answers provided through podcasts and a weekly syndicated newspaper column. www.kinseyconfidential.org
KI Scientists Receive Grant for Postpartum Depression Research
A research team headed by KI Assistant Scientist Dr. Heather Rupp has recieved a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the mechanisms behind postpartum depression. Postpartum depression affects 10-15% of new mothers and can interfere with their ability to care for their babies and themselves. You can read more about the project in our Spring Newsletter, and view a slideshow of a study brain-imaging session in our Summer Newsletter.
Kinsey Institute Events During Sexploration Week
October 26th to 29th is Sexploration Week at IU, and the Kinsey Institute is hosting and sponsoring a variety of events, including lectures by author and sex resea rcher Dr. Debby Herbenick and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, as well as an afternoon featuring Kinsey Institute sex researchers answering questions and getting audience participation in Sex Research LIVE!
Heather Rupp appointed Assistant Scientist
Dr. Rupp, formerly postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University, now joins the staff as a full researcher. Welcome, Heather!
KI Director Honored by World Association for Sexual Health
Dr. Julia Heiman was awarded the WAS Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement for her continuing contributions to sexology and sexual health. Dr. Eusebio Rubio-Aurioles, President of WAS, noted, "Dr. Julia Heiman is known to anyone remotely associated with the field of human sexuality. . . she has shown an unwavering attention to scientific rigor in addressing sexual health issues." Dr. Heiman accepted the award at the 19th World Congress for Sexual Health in Goteborg, Sweden, where she spoke on "Researching Women's Sexual Health: A Social Responsibility."
Erick Janssen Comments on Sex Addiction on CBSNews.com
In an online article examining the controversy over the terms sex "addiction," Dr. Erick Janssencomments on the subjective element of sex addiction diagnosis. You can read the story at the CBS News website >>
MSNBC Reviews KI 2009 Juried Art Show
Author Brian Alexander speaks with curator Jennifer Cahn about the variety of works in the show and her selection process. Review available online at the MSNBC website >>
Kinsey Institute Interdisciplinary Seminar
"May I?" On love and sexuality in a new generation of young people with intellectual disabilities
Lecture by Charlotta Löfgren-Mårtenson, Senior Lecturer in Health and Society, Malmö University, Sweden.
Kinsey Institute Conference Room, Morrison Hall, Indiana University.
Student Research Grantees announced
Students from Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Florida, and University of Texas receive support for research as 2009 Kinsey Institute awardees.
John Money Sexology Fellow
Syd Lindsley receives funding for Kinsey Institute library research.
NY Times Magazine article - What Women Want
In Sunday's New York Times Magazine (1/25/2009), Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman and former Director Dr. John Bancroft provide perspective on researching women's sexual desire and arousal.
Women's Sexual Satisfaction Varies with Choice of Contraceptive Method
A new study on women's experience of various contraceptive methods, co-authored by Drs. Jenny Higgins, Suzie Hoffman, KI researchers Drs. Stephanie Sanders and Cynthia Graham, and published in Sexual Health, reports that many women think condoms undermine sexual enjoyment, but those using hormonal contraceptives and condoms in tandem report higher sexual satisfaction. The study demonstrates that women's perception of sexual satisfaction incorporates factors in addition to sexual enjoyment, suggesting that questions about contraception and women's sexuality could benefit from more attention from researchers. View a copy of the study (PDF).
Listen to a streaming broadcast of a talk by Dr. Higgins at The Kinsey Institute » (You may experience a slight delay while the video loads)
Men defy stereotypes in defining masculinity
Contrary to stereotypes about sexual performance and masculinity, men interviewed in a large international study reported that being seen as honorable, self-reliant and respected was more important to their idea of masculinity than being seen as attractive, sexually active or successful with women. Complete Press release Read the original research paper from Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The inaugural John Money Fellowship for Students of Sexology will be awarded in 2009. The fellowship will give one or two graduate students the opportunity to pursue their own research at the Kinsey Institute Library, as well as participate in the development, preservation, or advancement of the KI Library Collections. This fellowship was established by sex researcher Dr. John Money before his death in 2006.
Pre-Revolutionary Queer Opens at KI Gallery October 24th
On June 27, 1969 a riot broke out at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. For the police it was a routine raid on a gay bar, but this time the patrons decided to resist, setting off three days of protest that are now credited with launching the modern gay rights movement. Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall brings together a diverse collection of artwork, photographs, rare newsletters, magazines, and books from the Institute’s archives to document the existence of a vibrant but largely underground LGBT culture in the United States and Europe prior to the Stonewall rebellion. Pre-Revolutionary Queer opens in the KI Gallery October 24, 2008 with a public reception from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Announcing The Kinsey Institute 2008-2009 Student Grants
Every year, The Kinsey Institute confers sexuality research grants to emerging scholars through the The Kinsey Institute Grant-in-Aid program, which will award funding to three graduate students at Indiana University, and to three graduate students enrolled at other US universities. [Applications are closed.]
New Study Examines Viagra© Treatment for Women
KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman is co-author of a new study examining the effects of sildenafil (Viagra©) treatment on women suffering sexual dysfunction associated with anti-depressants. The study showed significant gains in reaching orgasm and orgasm satisfaction for women receiving the sildenafil compared to women receiving a placebo. The women receiving sildenafil showed lesser gains in desire, arousal, and natural lubrication. The study was small in scope, and results were important but moderate. Previous studies of sildenafil treatment in other populations of women have not shown marked effects. The study is published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and is available online at the JAMA website >>
New Book Highlights Current HIV/STD Research and Prevention
The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) has published it seventh monograph dealing with HIV/STD prevention and research in rural communities. Numerous Kinsey Institute researchers and affiliated faculty are contributors to these studies. Copies of the articles are on the RCAP website. Free copies of the monograph are also available from RCAP.
KI Library Director Recognized by American Library Association
We are pleased to announce that Liana Zhou, Director of the Kinsey Library and Archives, is the recipient of the 2008 Equality Award from the American Library Association. This award recognizes outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. Ms. Zhou is also a former president of the Chinese American Librarians Association, and has been the recipient of two prestigious awards from the Chinese American Librarians Association – the Distinguished Services Award (2006) and the President’s Award (2004).
KI Midsummer Open House and Reception on July 31st
The Friends of the Kinsey Institute invite you to a Midsummer Open House to be held at the home of The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana. The event will include tours of the Institute, a talk from KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman, and the opportunity to meet and chat with Institute researchers and supporters. Food from Lennie's and FARMbloomington will be served in the courtyard, accompanied by local beer and wines from the Bloomington Brewing Company and Oliver Winery.
60 Years of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
In January 1948, Dr. Kinsey and his research staff released the first volume of their monumental study of human sexuality, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, a book destined to change America's understanding of sexuality and sexual activity. You can read more about contemporary reactions to Kinsey's research from the public and in the media here>>
Some Men are from Mars, Others from Venus
A study by researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University which appears in the April issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior finds that men report a variety of different experiences involving sexual desire and arousal. Read more in the press release >>
The 2008 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show at the KI Gallery
This multi-media show features photographs, sculptures, paintings, textiles, and mixed media pieces submitted by artists from across the United States, Canada and England and explores a range of topics including eroticism, body image, motherhood, gender, and the human figure. For more information visit our gallery page >>
HPV vaccine -- what's a parent to do?
The results of a telephone survey conducted by the Rural Center on AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University and released in the Health Education Monograph reveal that survey respondents were three times as likely to oppose a mandatory HPV vaccine for children if they also believed it would encourage youth to have sex. Read more about the study in IU Health and Wellness Tips News Room here.
Long-Term Effects of Cancer Treatment on Women's Sexual Function Examined
KI Director Dr. Julia Heiman is one of the investigators in a new study released in Blood which examines the recovery of sexual function and any residual problems in a group of female cancer patients 5 years after their treatment with cell transplantation (HCT). You can read the article online at the Blood Journal website. The study is also the subject of the journal's editorial, which you can also read here.
New Study Examines Applicability of SIS/SES to Women
KI Scientist Erick Janssen and KI Research Fellow Cynthia Graham are among the co-authors of a new study published in the Journal of Sex Research which attempts to determine whether the SIS/SES scale of factors of sexual inhibition and arousal, originally developed for men, is also applicable to women. The SIS/SES scale is based on the dual-control model of sexuality developed at The Kinsey Institute. You can visit the Journal of Sex Research website here.
KI Partners with Public Radio for Sexual Health Information
In partnership with WFUI, the NPR station at Indiana University, The Kinsey Institute is producing 3-minute Kinsey Confidential podcasts on a range of topics from anatomy and conception to concerns about sexual functioning and relationships, hosted by sex educator Dr. Debby Herbenick. You can find more information, listen to current podcasts, and read new and archived Q&A at www.kinseyconfidential.org. The podcasts are also available on iTunes, or at the Kinsey Confidential Facebook Group.
NPR Marks 60th Anniversary of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
To mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first "Kinsey Report:" Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, the NPR show "The Story" has aired "Answering Dr. Kinsey," an interview with Alice Ginott Cohn, a psychotherapist who was interviewed by Dr. Kinsey as a psychology student at Indiana University in the mid-1940s. Dr. Cohn recounts her impressions of Alfred Kinsey, the interview process, and the enduring legacy of this groundbreaking scientific study. You can listen to the interview on the "The Story" website here or download the podcast here (mp3).
KI Photo Exhibit Opens at IU Northwest
Expressive Bodies: Contemporary Art Photography from The Kinsey Institute opens Monday, February 11th at the Gallery for Contemporary Art at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN. Events include a slide lecture by Professor Claude Cookman, Journalism, Indiana University - Bloomington, who co-curated the show with Kinsey Institute Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr. Further details can be found on The Kinsey Institute Gallery page here.
KI Announces Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexual & Reproductive Health
A new 1-2 year postdoctoral position at The Kinsey Institute. Fellow responsibilities will include research initiation and collaboration on several projects involving sexual health and methods (approximately 80%) and assessment/treatment (20%) of individuals and couples with a broad array of sexual complaints and relationship distress.
What Effect Do Erectile-Enhancing Drugs Have on Men Who Use Condoms?
KI announces a new online survey to collect information concerning condom use errors and problems of men using condoms for penile-vaginal intercourse and the effects erectile-enhancing drugs may have on them. The study is open to men over the age of 18 who have used a condom for vaginal intercourse with a woman within the past 30 days.
New Study Tests SESI Model for Predicting Sexual Problems in Women
A new paper published in Archives of Sexual Behavior by KI researchers Dr Stephanie Sanders and Dr. Cynthia Graham, with co-author Dr. Robin Milhausen, suggests that the Sexual Excitation/Sexual Inhibition model of sexual behavior, developed at The Kinsey Institute, may prove a useful predictor of sexual difficulties in women. Read the article here (pdf).
"Women of Pleasure" Opens in KI Gallery Friday, January 18th
There will be a special screening of rarely-seen erotic films from The Kinsey Institute archives on Thursday, January 17th, from 8:00-9:30 pm at the Community and Leadership Development Center in the Read Center, IU. The screening will include a discussion facilitated by Sarah Sinwell from IU’s Gender Studies Department. This event is free.
Call for Artists for 2008 Juried Erotic Art Show
The Kinsey Institute Gallery is now accepting submissions for its upcoming annual Juried Art Show. All works chosen by the jury will be exhibited in The Kinsey Institute Gallery, April 11-July 25, 2008. The deadline for entries is January 28, 2008. [Applications are closed.]
KI Researcher Erick Janssen Publishes New Book: The Psychophysiology of Sex
Dr. Erick Janssen presents papers and essays representing the cutting edge of sexual psychophysiology, from the methods themselves to how these methods can help improve our understanding of sexual aggression, sexual dysfunction, sexual orientation, sexual compulsivity or 'addiction', and the basics of sexual arousal and desire.
KI Gallery Presents Short-term Exhibit by Artist Robb Stone
iGuy (HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot.com) will be on display in the Kinsey Institute Gallery from January 8 - 15, 2008. The show features a collection of photo and text-based collage that explore the erotic world of online social networking. The artist will give a short gallery talk at 6:00 pm during the opening reception on Friday, January 11.
Jan 11th Panel Discusses Sexuality and Online Relationships
A panel discussion titled “Virtual Connections: Sexuality and Relationships Online” will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, January 11, in Morrison Hall 007. Participants will be IU professors Michael Reece (Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion), Bryant Paul (Department of Telecommunications), and Brian Dodge (Associate Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion).
Gender Studies Department Announces Three Faculty Positions
The Gender Studies Department at Indiana University is currently conducting searches for a Senior Scholar (advanced associate or full professor), the Peg Zeglin Brand Endowed Chair of Gender Studies, and a Joint Appointment in Gender Studies and the Department of Culture and Communication.
Dr. Stephanie Sanders Presents Sexual Orientation Workshop in November
What makes a person gay or straight? Is there a gay gene? Are hormones involved? Is it how children were raised? How does this all relate to gender? What is a transgender person or a transsexual? Dr. Sanders leads this workshop addressing the question of sexual diversity from a scientific perspective. November 13th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Yes Theatre, Columbus, Indiana.
Indiana Sexual Health Summit Draws Community Leaders
The Sexual Health Summit 2007 was held at Indiana University - Bloomington on October 22, 2007. The first event of its kind gathered leaders from academic, community, corporate, government, philanthropic, and religious institutions across the state to discuss and debate strategies for moving forward to improve the state of sexual health in our state through research, education, and practice. The summit was organized by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University - Bloomington, in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Indiana, the Indiana AIDS Fund, and The Kinsey Institute.
Kinsey Institute Research Panel on October 18th
To mark the 60th anniversary of The Kinsey Institute, researchers from The Kinsey Institute will present current projects and discuss pressing issues in sexual health and sex behavior. The panel will be held in the auditorium of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The event is free and the public is invited.
Welcome New Faculty Members!
Two new researchers join the Kinsey Institute staff: Dr. Sari van Anders comes to us from Simon Fraser University in Canada where her research centered on hormones and social behavior. Dr. Heather Bradshaw has been working in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University on uterine neurophysiology.
Kinsey Institute Researchers Participate in First International Congress on Lifespan Sexuality Education
Video interviews are now available online of Kinsey Institute researchers who presented at the conference in Hyderabad, India including Dr. Stephanie Sanders, Kinsey Fellow Dr. Cynthia Graham, Kinsey Affiliate Dr. Debby Herbenick, and Director Emerita, Dr. June Reinisch. Watch videos.
New Faculty Member Wins Young Investigator Award
Our new Assistant Research Scientist, Dr. Sari van Anders has been recognized by the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders was one of six recipients of the Young Investigators Award at the 2007 Young Investigator Symposium on Friday, June 22nd. Dr. van Anders spoke on "Associations between testosterone and partnering in humans."
Dr. Stephanie Sanders Receives Award from SSSS
We are very excited to announce that our Associate Director, Dr. Stephanie Sanders, has been awarded the 2007 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). This award honors professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of sexology.
KI Researcher John Bancroft's Editorial Featured in New England Journal of Medicine
The latest edition of the NEJM, issued in August, features an editorial by Dr. John Bancroft, former Director of the Kinsey Institute. Dr. Bancroft's editorial, "Sex and Aging," comments on the findings of recent studies into sexual activity among older populations. Click here to read a copy of the editorial.
New Study Finds Unexpected Brain Patterns
Kinsey Institute Research Fellow Dr. Heather Rupp is the lead investigator in a new study analyzing viewing patterns of men and women looking at sexual photographs which has unexpected results. The study findings are reported in Hormones and Behavior.
Opening of the 2nd Annual Juried Erotic Art Show
The 2nd Annual Juried Erotic Art Show is now showing at The Kinsey Institute Gallery. The exhibit features 80 works in diverse media from photography to wood carving. The exhibit runs through July 20th, 2007.
Kinsey Researchers Contributre to Newly Released Study on Condom Errors
Two Kinsey Institute researchers are contributing investigators to a newly-released study about condom use errors: Crosby, R., etal (2007). Men With Broken Condoms: Who and Why? Sexually Transmitted Infections, 83 (1) 71-75. The study seeks to determine how often condoms break, and to identify any condom-specific behaviors associated with breakage.
New CCIES Updates Include Material on Finland and Argentina
The May 2007 updates to the Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (CCIES) have added research from Argentina and Finland, which brings the number of country entries to 51. The final version of the CCIES will contain entries of research and statistics from 62 countries, submitted by over 280 international sexuality health experts world-wide.
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