Miriam Grossman, M.D.

On Monday, NJ governor Chris Christie’s nominee for the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families will be interviewed by the State Senate Judiciary Committee. If confirmed, Janet Rosenzweig will preside over the Divisions of Youth and Family Services, Child Behavioral Health Services, Prevention and Community Partnerships, Child Welfare Training Academy, Community Services, Office of Education, and Office of Licensing. She will also influence policy making as a member of the cabinet.

Dr Rosenzweig’s impressive resume includes two items that call for careful examination. One is her certification as a sexuality instructor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (ASSECT). The other is her recent position as acting executive director of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).

Members of the Judiciary Committee need to know some of the history of these two professional organizations. SSSS, established in 1957, and ASSECT, which began in 1967, are part of the “sexology” industry that grew out of Kinsey’s model of human sexuality. This model is based on the notorious scientist’s conviction that sexuality is not an appetite that needs to be restrained.

In modern society, Kinsey argued, there is no place for sexual taboos and restrictions, since all behaviors lie within the spectrum of sexual diversity. Kinsey’s spectrum was wider and more diverse than members of the committee might think. It included non-marital sex, adult-child sex, and, for some of his disciples, incest.

It was anything goes for Kinsey and his associates - and I mean anything. They taught it, and they lived it.

So entrenched was this radical worldview that 50 years after Kinsey – years that have brought pandemics of child molestation, pornography, sexually transmitted diseases, and AIDS – it remains canonized for groups like SSSS, ASSECT, and many others.

Which brings me back to Dr Rosenzweig.

The committee must determine how Dr Rozenzweig’s’s affiliation with these radical organizations influenced her own vision of human sexuality, and consider how this vision will impact her policy making. For example, according to their website, ASSECT believes that all people, whatever their age, are entitled to the freedom to engage in healthy modes of sexual activity. They advocate for the sexual rights of minors, and oppose all forces that would restrict or interfere with the entitlement of children and adolescents to develop in a sexually healthy manner.


Miriam Grossman, M.D.

Miriam Grossman, M.D. is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She is author of the new book "You're Teaching My Child What?"