About Kinsey Confidential

About Us

Kinsey Confidential™ is a sexuality information service designed by The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction™ to meet the sexual health information needs of college-age adults.

This site contains articles on a variety of sex information topics as well as podcasts and questions and answers from our weekly newspaper column, Kinsey Confidential.™

Syndication

Kinsey Confidential Q and A columns are available for syndication on a weekly basis.  Please contact kincon@indiana.edu to inquire about printing the column in your paper.

Originally called The Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students (KISISS), the site was designed for Indiana University students, faculty and staff, and was sponsored by the Mary B. Orvis Fund, Indiana University School of Medicine. Jennifer Bass, Director of Communications for The Kinsey Institute, developed the site in 1999, with intern Amy Laitinen.

Former site designers include Rob Dietz and Steven Shyu, with extra content provided by Marie Metelnick, Samantha Seeger, Emily Nagoski, Sonya Satinsky, and Erin Hoschouer.

Dr. Debby Herbenick is our sex educator who provides answers to questions, and content for the podcasts, blog, and information pages. Since 2000, Debby has written the syndicated newspaper column.

Our current site was designed by Adam Schweigert, who also produced the original Kinsey Confidential podcasts for WFIU/NPR radio. Natalie Ingraham also provided content for the current site through blogs and information pages.

Our Mission

The mission of Kinsey Confidential is to disseminate accurate, research-based information geared towards students.

We aim to provide accessible, topical information based on current scientific knowledge, and to share news and trends related to sex, gender and sexual health.

We strive to provide accurate information, interesting current news and research about sex, and provide non-judgmental answers to questions and requests.

Though we do not espouse singular views on sexual choices, our contributors strongly adhere to principles of responsible and consensual sexual behavior (protection of physical and emotional health), while acknowledging diversity of sexuality and sexual expression.

Staff and Contributors

  • debby 117 AboutDr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.) is Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University where she is also a sexual health researcher and educator at The Kinsey Institute.
    Recent Posts By Debby »
  • bradley 117 AboutJ. Bradley Blankenship (M.S.) is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University where he is also a project coordinator for the Center for Sexual Health Promotion.
    Recent Posts By Bradley »
  • natalie 117 AboutNatalie Ingraham (M.P.H.) is a recent graduate of Indiana University and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology at University of California San Francisco.
    Recent Posts By Natalie »
  • eric 117 AboutEric Anthony Grollman is a Ph.D. student and instructor in Sociology at Indiana University focusing primarily on sexual identity and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, gender, and social psychology.
    Recent Posts By Eric »
  • jenny 117 AboutJennifer Bass (M.P.H.) is Director of Communications at The Kinsey Institute and founder of Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students, now Kinsey Confidential.
    Recent Posts By Jennifer »
  • kristen 117 About Kristen Mark is a Ph.D. student and instructor in Applied Health Science at Indiana University where she is also a project coordinator for the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. Kristen’s research focuses on sexual pleasure, sexuality in long term relationships, sexual function, and women’s sexuality.
    Recent Posts By Kristen »
  • marie 117 AboutMarie Metelnick (M.A.) is Communications Assistant at the Kinsey Institute, where she combines her lifelong interests in language, technology, and sexuality.
    Recent Posts By Marie »
  • kristenj 117 AboutKristen Jozkowski (M.S.) is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Health Science at Indiana University. She is also the Research Coordinator for the Center for Sexual Health Promotion and a Sexual Health Educator at the Indiana University Health Center. Kristen’s research focuses on sexual communication and consent, desire and pleasure, sexual function, and women’s sexuality.
    Recent Posts By Kristen »

Terms of Service

Adult Content

Kinsey Confidential posts contain adult content about sex, including images from The Kinsey Institute collections and from open source images through creative commons. The site is designed for people 18 years and older. Your browser may not support display of these images.

Links

Some of the links may have explicit discussion of sexual topics, literary, visual, and other forms of erotic art. We are not responsible for the content of any site other than this one. Inclusion of a site does not indicate endorsement by Kinsey Confidential or The Kinsey Institute. We will review requests to include links.

Use of Google Analytics

The Kinsey Institute websites use Google Analytics to keep track of visitors to the pages and page useage, and therefore, users may want to review the Google privacy policies before submitting personal information through the website. Kinsey Confidential does not link computer generated IP addresses collected by Google Analytics with any identifiable information.

Kinsey Confidential Q&A

Kinsey Confidential is an information service, not a counseling service. Submitting a question to Kinsey Confidential is not the same as, and does not replace, consultation with a medical provider or counseling professional.

We strive to be non-judgmental and adhere to strict confidentiality. Once we have replied to your question, your email address and other identifiers will be deleted. Kinsey Confidential reserves the right to not respond to questions we feel are abusive, crude or fictional.

Your Comments and Participation

Comments on our site help us to clarify information and to communicate more clearly and personally. We welcome comments and reserve the right to delete or block users who use salacious, overly explicit, derogatory or hateful language.

Copyright

Original content on this site, including images from The Kinsey Institute™, is copyrighted by The Kinsey Institute. We encourage the sharing of information from our site to yours, with proper attribution and links back to Kinsey Confidential.

Your Privacy

Any information submitted to Kinsey Confidential is kept strictly private. Questions to the site are seen only by the health educator. We will never give anyone your email address or other information without your explicit permission.

Your information will never be posted on the site without your explicit permission. When you submit a question, your email address is deleted from our system after we answer your question.

We strive to be non-judgmental and adhere to strict confidentiality. Once we have replied to your question, your email address and other identifiers will be deleted. Kinsey Confidential reserves the right to not respond to questions we feel are abusive, crude or fictional.

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