Banning The S-Word

In a sane world, the new biopic of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey would have become a minor hit with a small moviegoing demographic, might have picked up a few Oscar nominations, and would have been basically ignored by everyone else. But the U.S. is no longer a sane world when it comes to sex, says Frank Rich, and the newly emboldened “moral values” crowd is chomping at the bit to impose their repressive views on anyone who dares to defy their will. Kinsey is the right’s newest target, but this battle isn’t about a movie or a long-dead scientist. It’s about a segment of the population that wants to take the country back to the bad old days when no one talked about sex, for any reason, ever, consequences be damned.