Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
Alfred Charles Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. MartinISBN: 0253334128; 978-0-253-33412-1;
The practice of sexuality was quite varied in the United States before the publication of these books, but it was largely unrecorded, at least by scientists. Before the late 1940s, the sexual lives of most people were shaped by personal experiments, isolated sexual encounters, uninformed gossip, media sensation, and moral condemnation (not necessarily in that order). The national myth was that most people were obedient to a traditional set of sexual rules and those who were not were relatively rare and defective in morals or willpower.