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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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Why the Gifted Boy Didn’t Masturbate

Why the Gifted Boy Didn’t Masturbate

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Gentlemen’s Disagreement
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Peter Hegarty

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226024615.003.0002

This chapter examines Lewis Terman’s response to Alfred Kinsey’s ideas about masturbation and sexual precocity, the first of his four distinctive criticisms of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (SBHM). It describes the exchange between Kinsey and Terman wherein the former identified psychologist G. Stanley Hall as an important resource of anti-masturbation influence in early twentieth-century American culture, and analyzes Hall’s influence on Terman and Terman’s view on the masturbation of gifted children.

Keywords:   masturbation, sexual precocity, Lewis Terman, Alfred Kinsey, SBHM, G. Stanley Hall, gifted children

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