A new bronze statue commemorating the controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey was erected at Indiana University (IU) last week.
IU released a press statement on its website on Friday praising Kinsey’s pioneering research in human sexuality, but critics believe data he gathered involving the sexual abuse of children make him unworthy of celebration.
The life-size sculpture was commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kinsey Institute, a sex and reproduction research facility at IU. According to the press release, the statue’s installation on the Bloomington campus demonstrates the “ongoing commitment to equity regarding sexual diversity established by Kinsey’s research.”
“Dr. Kinsey left us with the extraordinary legacy of his endless scientific curiosity, his unwavering commitments to academic freedom and his passion for understanding humanity’s sexual diversity,”