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Gentlemen’s DisagreementAlfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the Sexual Politics of Smart Men$
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Peter Hegarty

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226024448

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226024615.001.0001

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A Gentlemen’s Disagreement?

A Gentlemen’s Disagreement?

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Gentlemen’s Disagreement

Peter Hegarty

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the history of the explicit disagreement between American sexologist Alfred Kinsey and psychologist Lewis Terman on the issue of the relation between sex and intelligence. It suggests that the conflict may have started with Terman’s review of Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (SBHM), which was published in January 1948. The chapter discusses the similarities between Kinsey and Terman in terms of their interest in eugenics and highlights the differences in biographical writing about them.

Keywords:   Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, sex and intelligence, SBHM

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