Kinsey scale

Kinsey scale

__TOC__The Kinsey scale attempts to describe a person's sexual history or episodes of their sexual activity at a given time. It uses a scale from 0, meaning exclusively heterosexual, to 6, meaning exclusively homosexual. In the "Kinsey Reports", an additional grade was used for asexuality. It was first published in "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" (1948) by Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others, and was also prominent in the complementary work "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female" (1953).

Introducing the scale, Kinsey wrote:cquote|Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories... The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.

While emphasising the continuity of the gradations between exclusively heterosexual and exclusively homosexual histories, it has seemed desirable to develop some sort of classification which could be based on the relative amounts of heterosexual and homosexual experience or response in each history... An individual may be assigned a position on this scale, for each period in his life.... A seven-point scale comes nearer to showing the many gradations that actually exist." (Kinsey, et al. (1948). pp. 639, 656)

Table of the scale

The scale is as follows:



Kinsey reports

* Men: 11.6% of white males aged 20-35 were given a rating of 3 for this period of their lives. [Kinsey, et al. 1948. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Table 147, p. 651]
* Women: 7% of single females aged 20-35 and 4% of previously married females aged 20-35 were given a rating of 3 for this period of their lives. [Kinsey, et al. 1953. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, Table 142, p. 499] 2 to 6% of females, aged 20-35, were given a rating of 5 [Ibid, p. 488] and 1 to 3% of unmarried females aged 20-35 were rated as 6. [Ibid, Table 142, p. 499, and p. 474]

See also

* Klein Sexual Orientation Grid
* Judith Reisman


External links

* [ Kinsey Institute home page]
* [ Kinsey's Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale]

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