Bachmann's Latest: Kinsey Report is "A Myth"

Apparently the Bachmann clan doesn't only think being gay is a lifestyle choice, they also believe that the Kinsey Report, one of the most impactful scientific studies in American history--and all the fascinating, nuanced things it reveals about human sexuality--is "a myth."

CNN had this report from the campaign trail, beginning with a woman named Kathy Schnell--one of many pro-LGBT Iowans who has been showing up to Michele Bachmann campaign events.  

She cheekily asked Michele Bachmann to sign her "Gay-Friendly Iowan sign" and then asked her the following question:

"I wonder if you're aware that 10% of the population is gay. And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay."
"Well, that's according to the Kinsey Report," the candidate replied.
Dr. Alfred Kinsey is best known for conducting interviews with thousands of individuals and publishing his findings in books on human sexual behavior during the 1940s and '50s.
Bachmann's husband, who runs a clinic in their district in Minnesota that has long been accused of conducting "reparative therapy" by trying to help gay individuals become straight, then chimed in.
"Your facts are wrong," he said.
"That's not valid?" Schnell asked back.
"No it isn't," Michele Bachmann said. Her husband added, "No, it's not at all. It's been a myth for many years."
The presidential hopeful then moved to the next table. Schnell pulled off her Bachmann sticker. 

You can actually watch the exchange below, via CNN:


Jezebel'sErin Gloria Ryan aptly sums it up: "Delusional theocrat Michele Bachmann has broken irony again, this time by claiming that the Kinsey Report, arguably one of the most significant scientific publications in the last century, is "a myth." Why? Because in Bachmanalia, up is down, left is right, science is myth and myth is science."

I'm not even sure how you can qualify the Kinsey report as a myth--the statistic is a myth? It's a myth that Kinsey did the study? But clearly, these aren't the kinds of verbal distinctions that Michele and Marcus Bachmann concern themselves with.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 20, 2011, 4:26am

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