From the S&S archives: Cautious Kinsey hedges on sin in Scandinavia; plans survey
Stars and Stripes November 23, 1955
FRANKFURT — The world's leading authority on human sex habits flew into Frankfurt yesterday afternoon from Copenhagen and said he was "not worried about sin in Scandinavia after studying sin for 17 years in the U.S."
Dr. Alfred Kinsey, scientist and author of books on the sex habits of American male and female, stopped here on an exploratory tour of Europe preparatory to a study of sex habits of Europeans.
After he stepped off a commercial plane, he was asked about a recent magazine article on "Sin in Sweden." The question provoked his comment on his comparative studies in the U.S.
Kinsey has been in Europe six weeks on his tour. He has covered southern Italy, England, France and the Scandinavian countries. He flew on this afternoon to Barcelona where he will rejoin his vacationing wife and will remain for 10 days before returning to the U.S.
Kinsey said that he would return to Europe sometime in the future with a research team. He also said he had several new books in preparation but refused to comment on their subject matter.
"We spent 17 years trying to find out what Americans do sexually," he commented. "Therefore we are not going to spend 17 weeks trying to find out what Europeans do sexually."
Instead, he said, he is interested in existing laws governing sex customs in the various countries and the public attitudes toward sex in those countries.
"Things like these can be learned from a shorter trip," he said. He said he had been conferring with prison and court officials in the various countries and was not using the case history, questionnaire method.
He was asked to comment on several highly publicized "sex change" operations performed by Danish doctors in Denmark. "As a biologist, I have no reason to believe castrations such as are being done in Denmark have an effect on the sex habits of the country," he said.
"Scandinavian sex laws are much closer to the actual behavior of. the people," he said, "than the laws in the U.S."
Kinsey indicated that his study would not include Germany. He said that this was his first stop in Germany and that he would be going directly on to Spain.