Via Rebekah, here’s a charming list from a conservative think tank: Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Here’s what they’ve got on the fourth worst global threat, The Kinsey Report:
Alfred Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana University who, in 1948, published a study called Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, commonly known as The Kinsey Report. Five years later, he published Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. The reports were designed to give a scientific gloss to the normalization of promiscuity and deviancy. “Kinsey’s initial report, released in 1948…stunned the nation by saying that American men were so sexually wild that 95% of them could be accused of some kind of sexual offense under 1940s laws,” the Washington Times reported last year when a movie on Kinsey was released.
The title of this post isn’t entirely in jest. These same conservatives would argue that guns aren’t at fault for gun violence–why not apply the same logic to books? How popular would Mein Kampf have been if it hadn’t been, you know, been written by a guy who went on to be the genocidal leader of German? According to Wikipedia, it sold very slowly before Hitler became Chancellor in 1933.