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Judith Ann Reisman (born 1935) is a wingnut social conservative activist notable for her crusade against sexologist Alfred Kinsey. She believes homosexuality is the cause for the rise of Nazism, that pornography is pretty much the source of all evil, and that Kinsey was a fraud. She writes for the WorldNetDaily.
Reisman is also a visiting professor of law at Liberty University, despite the fact that she received her Ph.D in Communications. She is also Liberty Counsel’s favored expert on issues pertaining to sexuality, and her advice was endorsed by Rick Santorum, who also supported a ban on pornography.
 Allegations against Kinsey
Reisman’s obsession with Alfred Kinsey is presumably related to the molestation of her daughter, who later died from a brain aneurysm.. Her accusations against Kinsey lack any foundation in reality, however. Reisman has, for instance, accused Kinsey of being a fraud who employed and relied on pedophiles for his research, and even that he himself sexually abused children, an accusation that Kinsey biographer James H. Jones has dismissed as “groundless”.
In 1991 Reisman sued the Kinsey Institute, its then director June Reinisch, and Indiana University for defamation as well as intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress regarding alleged attempts to censor her book "Kinsey, Sex and Fraud". The case was ultimately dismissed with prejudice in 1994.
Reisman declared that there is a physiological mechanism that accounts for the dangers she ascribes to pornography: when pornography is viewed, an addictive mixture of chemicals she has dubbed "erototoxins" floods the brain, causing harm. She has not really managed to come up with a plausible mechanism or any evidence for the hypothesis, or for that matter any acceptable definition of "harm", but she has expressed hope that MRI studies will be able to prove the existence of porn-induced physical brain damage. Given that such damage can be proven (and Reisman is pretty confident that it can), she predicts that there will be a slew of lawsuits against distributors of pornography along the lines of the lawsuits against Big Tobacco.
In addition, she claims, if pornography can "subvert cognition," then "these toxic media should be legally outlawed, as is all other toxic waste, and eliminated from our societal structure." Most importantly, individuals who have suffered brain damage from "pornography are no longer expressing "free speech" and, for their own good, shouldn't be protected under the First Amendment." One sometimes gets the feeling that her primary concern with regard to these matters is not the well-being of patients.
When Rick Santorum claimed that “a wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences,” the “research” he referred to was largely the pseudoscientific rants of Judith Reisman.
 Campaign against pornography
In 1983 Reisman gave a talk on CNN’s Crossfire about “connections between sex education, sex educators, and the pornography industry.” Despite the lack of evidence for her already highly dubious claims and reliance on pseudoscience, she was subsequently invited by the United States Department of Justice to apply for a grant to conduct a “study at American University to determine whether Playboy, Hustler, and other more explicit materials are linked to violence by juveniles.” The grant, for the amount of $734,371, was approved without competition. In short, the Department of Justice gave Reisman $734,371 to spend three years reading porn. The project was rather predictably criticized for its costs, with Pamela Swain, director of research, evaluation and program claiming that the study could be accomplished for $60,000.
The resulting report “Images of Children, Crime and Violence in Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler,” was also rather predictably criticized for its lack of quality. In the report Reisman claimed that among “372 issues of Playboy, 184 issues of Penthouse and 125 issues of Hustler” she had found “2,016 cartoons that included children apparently under the age of 17 and 3,988 other pictures, photographs, and drawings that depict infants or youths.” Sex crime researcher Avedon Carol commented that the report was a “scientific disaster, riddled with researcher bias and baseless assumptions,” and criminologist Robert Figlio pointed out that “The term ‘child’ used in the aggregate sense in this report is so inclusive and general as to be meaningless.” American University refused to publish the completed work.
Despite its lack of methodological credibility the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography concurred with the report, with the result that several stores stopped selling Playboy and Penthouse.
 Zeh Gays
Reisman is a supporter of Scott Lively and his completely insane screed The Pink Swastika. She has claimed that she believes that a homosexual movement in Germany gave rise to the Nazi Party and the Holocaust. She enthusiastically and unconditionally endorses criminalization of homosexuality.
Reisman has claimed that the homosexuals employ recruitment techniques that rival those of the United States Marine Corps to transform innocent children into raving homosexuals. According to Reisman homosexual “recruitment is loud; it is clear; it is everywhere.”
 See also
- ↑ Daniel Radosh. "Why Know?" The New Yorker. 2004 December 6.
- ↑ Judith Reisman, Kinsey, Sex and Fraud: The Indoctrination of a People. 1990.
- ↑ See Reisman's columns at WorldNetDaily here.
- ↑ http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2012/04/04/santorums-porn-nonsense/
- ↑ http://www.alternet.org/election04/20744/?page=entire
- ↑ http://www.alternet.org/movies/20692/?page=entire
- ↑ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kinsey/sfeature/sf_forum_0215.html
- ↑ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HQIrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=joYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2859%2C564743
- ↑ http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/11/65772
- ↑ http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/jul/14/farout
- ↑ http://www.salon.com/2012/03/20/santorums_bad_porn_science/singleton/
- ↑ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VwItAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Is8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1220,5268385
- ↑ http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/12/06/041206ta_talk_radosh
- ↑ http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/judith-reisman
- ↑ http://www.alternet.org/election04/20744/?page=entire