The Kinsey Scale of Sexual Behavior was first developed in 1948 to show how sexuality cannot be framed as purely heterosexual or homosexual but is instead a continuum based on a number of factors, including behavior, desire, and fantasy. Also known as the Heterosexual‐Homosexual Rating Scale, Alfred Kinsey and colleagues created the seven‐point spectrum (0 to 6) to account for research findings based on more than 11,000 in‐depth interviews. Kinsey’s research was quite radical for its time, as it formally acknowledged the range and variability of sexual orientation, showing that it is not fixed or static.
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