Dirty old men
- Kinsey's Paedophiles (Channel 4)
- Coppers (Sky One)
- US Embassy Bombing (News Bulletins)
- Questions and Answers (RTE)
Sex is a taboo subject for most of us unless it's after ten pints
down the pub and a few dirty jokes. Much more so the subject of
paedophilia, recently ``discovered'' by the Irish media following
the exploits of a number of priests, child care workers and
Sex was even more taboo in the forties when extra marital sex,
pre marital sex, maturbation, sodomy, homosexuality, and even
french kissing were all relegated in favour of the age old
favourite missionary position, and everything was illegal except
Enter the revolutionary sex scientist Dr Kinsey, as featured in
Channel 4's ``Kinsey's Paedophiles'' on Tuesday, whose
ground-breaking bestseller detailed the many facets of the sex
life of the male, taking sex out of the closet and sparking a
Kinsey was a much respected scientist and travelled widely,
advising various governments on sexual issues.
As with many ``respectable'' men, Kinsey led a double life, and
away from his public married life he was ``a rampant sodomite and
wife swapper''. He commissioned hundreds of sexual explicit films,
encouraging his staff to take part for ``scientific'' but more
likely ``personal'' reasons.
In the midst of his exploits he became increasingly self
destructive, even circumcising himself with a rusty penknife.
Chapter five of his bestseller revealed a darker side to his
research. He based his findings on child sexuality on the abuse
committed by paedophiles, with whom he cultivated relationships.
The most notorious was US government official Rex Greene, who
molested over 800 children in his lifetime, and whose diaries,
which Kinsey encouraged, were printed verbatim in his writings.
Kinsey congratulated Greene on his ``scientific research'' which
included abusing children as young as three months. Greene used a
stopwatch for his ``experiments'', timing the so-called ``orgasms''
of babies and older children. This was then put forward by Kinsey
as proof that children were sexual beings from birth.
This revolutionary claim, which it was in 1948, now appears a
sham, based on warped minds, and can only be seen as a
justification and promotion of paedophilia.
Surprising then the number of academics from ``The Kinsey
Institute'' in Indiana who continue to defend him in the name of
He further claimed in his second book that girls actually enjoyed
abuse. Esther White was one such child, abused by her father, who
mailed his diaries to the Institute. White is now demanding an
independent inquiry - the Institute is refusing to return the
diaries and is instead considering re-publishing them, in the
name of ``science''.
On a lighter note I await with bated breath the appearence of the
RUC on Sky One's ``Coppers''. Will they batter ``Fenian'' skulls or
fire off a round of plastics for the camera, or will they help
old ladies across the road at the top of the Whirerock?
This programme, which is primarily a publicity exercise for
peelers, follows bobbies on their beat. They carefully curse in
front of the camera as they ``assist'' drunken teenagers home or
``calm a domestic situation''.
Pity the poor buggers though who were called to a nightclub scrap
in Cardiff on Christmas Eve.
After rolling about in the snow with twenty something stone
locals, while trying to remain cool, they were literally left
with egg (or in this case curry sauce) on their face as an irate
young lady emptied her takeaway contents on the head of
There must be easier ways to make a living!
Vincent Browne is a refreshing alternative to John Bowman on
RTE's Q&A, particulary as he actually lets the audience
participate, beyond the token twenty seconds and don't forget to
wave at your mammy slot.
Sinn Fein's Daithi Doolin made full use of this, castigating the
increase in racists and xenophobics in the `Free State'. The
fuddy- duddy Aine Ni Chonaill is unfortunately not alone as many
others, inspired by a right wing media, react with hysteria to
the dribble of Romanians and Nigerians landing on our shores.
Michelle Smithitis has taken root in Dublin, with the
much-criticied doubters, including the evergreen Eamon Dunphy,
smirking to themselves - ``she's been exposed for the cheat she
Strong words but the pendulum seems to be swinging his way as
former Olympic swimmer Gary O' Toole nailed his colours to the
Tom Humphries got to brass tacks when he stated the much disputed
whiskey was most likely deposited in the capsule during urination
- ``rather than a hissing sound a clear ``plop-plop'' could be
No sympathy for the Clare hurlers however, who have become ``the
new Meath'' or rather the victims of trial by media. Despite their
abandonment by the fickle masses, they remain on course for a
third All Ireland, and much more passion on our screens.
Finally if you really want to annoy your neighbours, buy them Man
Utd TV (MUTV) as an early Christmas present.
By Sean O Donaile