Vt-150; MP-58; DVD-85
Hite, Shere. Video and motion picture collection of Shere Hite, ca.1978-2006: A Finding
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Vt-150; MP-58; DVD-85
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Shere Hite
Title: Video and motion picture collection of Shere Hite, ca.1978-2006
Quantity: 72 videotapes
Quantity: 1 DVDs
Quantity: 2 motion pictures (visual works)
Language of materials: Materials in English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Italian.
Abstract: Video recordings and films featuring author and sex educator Shere Hite.
Accession numbers: 2008-M69, 2008-M91, 2008-M158
The video and motion picture materials of Shere Hite were acquired by the Schlesinger
Library from Shere Hite in 2008.
Processed: September 2012
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Researchers must sign a special permission form to use the collection. An
appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the unpublished video materials created by Shere Hite is held
by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright
in the published works created by Shere Hite is held by Shere Hite. Copyright in other
audiovisual materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors'
heirs or assigns.
Copying. Unrestricted for personal use for all video and motion picture materials
upon signing of the special permission form. Materials may not be reproduced on the
Internet without the permission of the Schlesinger Library. Open materials may not
be reproduced on the Internet without the permission of the Schlesinger Library. Written
permission obtained from Shere Hite for access to restricted materials includes permission
Shere Hite Video and motion picture collection, ca. 1978-2006; item description, dates.
Vt-150; MP-58; DVD-85, reel or disc #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Shere Hite papers (MC 698
) and the Shere Hite audio collection (T-340
American-born German author, sex educator, and feminist, Shere Hite was born Shirley
Diana Gregory in Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Paul Gregory and Shirley Hurt Gregory
on November 2, 1942. Shirley Gregory was 16 years old when Hite was born, and divorced
her husband and later remarried. Hite was adopted by her stepfather, Raymond Hite,
though she was raised by her grandparents and then by her mother's sister.
After graduating from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1960, Hite
earned degrees in history (BA, 1963 and MA, 1966) from the University of Florida,
Gainesville. From 1969 to 1972 she worked towards a PhD in history at Columbia University
(New York City). She would complete her doctorate in international relations with
a specialty in gender politics at Nihon University (Tokyo, Japan) in 1996.
Early in her career, Hite worked as a model and posed nude for Playboy magazine. In the 1970s, she became active in feminist circles and began her groundbreaking
research relating to women's sexuality. From 1972 to 1982, she directed the feminist
sexuality project for the National Organization for Women, New York Chapter, and in
1976 published The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality, which was based upon anonymous responses to questionnaires in which women detailed
their sexual experiences. This was followed by other works based on responses to questionnaires,
including The Hite Report on Male Sexuality (1981), The Hite Report on the Family: Growing Up under Patriarchy (1994), and The Hite Report on Women Loving Women (2007), among others.
In 1976, Newsweek magazine named Hite one of the "most outstanding people of the year," and the World Almanac named her one of "America's 25 most influential women" in 1978.
By the early 1990s, she began writing regular opinion pieces and articles for various
newspapers and magazines and traveling internationally as a lecturer and consultant.
Starting in the late 1990s, Hite founded the Hite Research Foundation, part of Hite
Research International, to increase and advance the visibility and potential of women
around the world. Related companies and projects included Hite Research Enterprises,
which was designed to provide counseling and networking services among women's rights
activist groups. Also during this time she began teaching at Nihon University, Chongqing
University (China), and Maimonides University (Florida).
Hite married the classical pianist Friedrich Höricke in 1985 and moved to Europe in
1989. Due to ongoing criticism of her research and methodology, Hite renounced her
United States citizenship in 1995 and became a German citizen. She divorced in 1999
and subsequently married Paul Sullivan. In 2012, she was living in London.
The collection is arranged in two series:
- Series I. Films, television programs, and unedited footage, ca.1978-2006 (#Vt-150.1-66;
- Series II. Lectures and talks, ca.1978-1989 (#Vt-150.67-72)
The Shere Hite video and motion picture collection documents roughly thirty years
of appearances by Hite, discussing her research, books, and other topics, before both
live and television audiences. Videotapes, motion pictures, and one DVD are organized
by content into two series, and in chronological order within those series.
Series I, FILMS, TELEVISION PROGRAMS, AND UNEDITED FOOTAGE, ca.1978-2006 (#Vt-150.1-66;
MP-58.1-2; DVD-85.1), includes television appearances by Hite, primarily in interview,
on a variety of programs produced in many different countries. Other appearances include
two short films about Hite, and other vignettes within programs, such as pieces on
her research, and a music video featuring Hite and her then husband Friedrich Höricke.
Additionally, some of the tapes contain unedited footage intended for a final edited
program, while others simply record of the event. Many of the videotapes included
in this series are formatted for television in regions outside of the United States,
so access copies may take additional time to produce. Tapes with minimal description
have not been viewed.
Series II, LECTURES AND TALKS, ca.1978-1989 (#Vt-150.67-72), contains three public
talks given by Hite, including lectures at Harvard University and with her then husband
Friedrich Höricke translating by her side in Germany.
- Series I. FILMS, TELEVISION PROGRAMS, AND UNEDITED FOOTAGE, ca. 1978-2006 (#Vt-150.1-66;
For related material, see MC 698, Series IV, Subseries C. Film, television, and other
projects, 1975-ca.2005 (#177.4-185.15)
- MP-58.1-2. Untitled interview. New York City. ca.1978.
Scope and Contents: Interview with Hite regarding her research on women and orgasms, differences in approach
to sex and romance by gender, etc. Footage around New York City includes the offices
of Women Against Pornography, a sex-themed bakery, and Hite's apartment; followed
by footage of Hite addressing an audience. 2 reels. 16 mm. Color. Sound and silent.
- Vt-150.2. Leave It to the Women. New York City. 1981.
Scope and Contents: Panelists, and special guest Hite, discuss male sexuality and commitment, etc. VHS.
- Vt-150.6. A View from Cosmo. "Shere Hite." American Broadcasting Company. May 28, 1982.
Scope and Contents: Helen Gurley-Brown and Hite discuss differences in approach to arousal for men and
women, male sexuality, and men's views of marriage and romance, etc. 3/4-inch U-matic.
- Vt-150.8-9. Wir Frauen. Germany. April 26, 1988 and ca. late 1980s/early 1990s.
Scope and Contents: Reel 8: "Shere Hite: 'Frauen und Liebe.'" Includes a piece on Hite's research and
reception of her work, and an interview with Hite and her husband. Unrelated material
follows. Reel 9: Several pieces which feature Hite participating in group discussions
with women, followed by in-studio reports, etc. In German. 2 tapes. VHS. PAL/SECAM.
- Vt-150.13. Wogan. England. May 15, 1989.
Scope and Contents: In an interview, Hite discusses her book, Good Guys, Bad Guys and Other Lovers, and common expectations of love and marriage. She remains a guest throughout the
program and later comments during a segment with an author who chose to enter prostitution
as a profession. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 30 minutes.
- Vt-150.14. The Other Side of Midnight.
Scope and Contents: Granada Television. Scotland. May 28, 1989. Hite discusses her views on gender relations
and sexuality, women in politics, and other topics. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 22 minutes.
- Vt-150.17. "Acting Reel/Hotel Hilton/The Shere Hite Interview (Dr. Kalim Siddiqui)/Brutos SR Villalonga." 1980s-2000s.
Scope and Contents: Includes Hite's video art piece, on physicality and touching, from the "Do It." series
featuring various artists; as well as live footage of Hite in Madrid interviewing
a representative from the Spanish media, Juan Villalonga, about the role of women
in media, etc.; and footage of an informal conversation with an event planner, etc.
VHS. PAL/SECAM. 172 minutes.
See also reel #Vt-150.31.
- Vt-150.20. "Interview/Lucas." 1980s.
Scope and Contents: Unedited footage of Hite applying make-up for an interview for Brazilian television,
followed by the interview regarding her new book, The Hite Report on Male Sexuality, misconceptions men have about arousing women, their reasons for extramarital affairs,
reviews of her book and criticism about her methodology, older men and sex, etc. 3/4-inch
U-matic. 20 minutes.
- Vt-150.21. Lifestyle Coffee Break. "Shere Hite." British Broadcasting Corporation. England. ca. 1980s.
Scope and Contents: A series of short interviews with Hite her on her research and findings regarding
female sexuality; followed by an episode on male sexuality, and communication between
the genders; a conversation about her book, The Hite Report: Women and Love, and dating, etc.; a conversation about women intentionally staying single; and finally
Hite discusses democracy within the family. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 29 minutes.
- Vt-150.26. "El Martes Que Viene/[Program Number] 21." Spain? June 19, 1990.
Scope and Contents: As part of a larger program, Hite is interviewed at length about women and orgasms,
differences in what women and men want during sex, and other topics. In Spanish. VHS.
PAL/SECAM. 65 minutes.
- Vt-150.27. "Shere Hite with Golden Syrup." England. July 1990.
Scope and Contents: On location at The British Museum, unedited footage of Hite discussing changing notions
of sex, love, and patriarchy throughout the ages, sex and language, the women's movement,
gender relations, democracy and the family, etc. Hite is flanked by three women, presumably
performing as Golden Syrup, who emulate a Greek pediment and other statues; Hite,
in other locations, discusses masochism and relationships, men and vulnerability,
and dispelling the notion that women love too much, etc.; and footage from a television
show featuring footage of Golden Syrup. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 49 minutes.
- Vt-150.28. "The Clive James Interview/Shere Hite." England. April 14, 1991.
Scope and Contents: Interview with Hite regarding her involvement in the women's movement, sexism and
actresses, marriage and extramarital sex, the mutual benefits of equality of the sexes,
affirmative action, etc. Sound cuts out for a moment 10 minutes. in. VHS. PAL/SECAM.
- Vt-150.30. The Shere Hite Interview. "Andrew Neil." England. ca. 1991.
Scope and Contents: Hite interviews Neil, editor for The Sunday Times, regarding cultural differences between the Middle East and the West, religious bias,
immigration and notions of conformity, feminism and politics, etc. 28 minutes.
- Vt-150.31. The Shere Hite Interview. "Dr. Kalim Siddiqui." England. 1991.
Scope and Contents: Hite interviews Siddiqui, a Muslim fundamentalist, on topics such as differing points
of view between the Nation of Islam and the West regarding women, sex and love, the
role of the wife, reasons for current clashes of culture, etc. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 28
- Vt-150.33. "Comment [Week, Number] 10/Shere Hite." England. February 1994.
Scope and Contents: In honor of International Women's Day, Hite discusses a political backlash against
women's rights, and iconic representation of women throughout time, etc. VHS. PAL/SECAM.
- Vt-150.34. "Shere Hite: Female Sexuality." NBC London. England. March 23, 1994.
Scope and Contents: Unedited archival footage of Hite from an interview (in 1976?) on the importance of
masturbation and empowerment for women, orgasms and sexual intercourse, changing definitions
of sex, her research methods, satisfaction with her work, etc. Followed by images
of the questionnaires. Unrelated footage follows. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 53 minutes.
- Vt-150.35. "Shere Hite Interview for the Seven-thirty Report." Australian Broadcasting Corporation."
May 16, 1994.
Scope and Contents: Piece on Hite's decision to relocate to Europe, her book, The Hite Report on the Family: Growing Up under Patriarchy, criticism of the book and her research methods, etc. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 8 minutes.
- Vt-150.37. "Extrait/[Interview Verite:] Shere Hite." France. ca. 1994.
Scope and Contents: On location at a party, Hite and interviewer discuss her books, women and orgasms,
etc. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 4 minutes.
- Vt-150.39. "Kultureport/German Citizenship, Berlin." ARD. Germany. ca. 1996-1997.
Scope and Contents: Program features a piece on Hite, her books' impacts on society, and her relocation
to Germany, etc. In German and English. VHS. PAL/SECAM. ca. 60 minutes.
- Vt-150.42. "Mrs. Hite/Pathé/Sex in the 20th [Century]." France. July 10, 1998.
Scope and Contents: Unedited footage of an interview with Hite regarding her career and research, culture's
impact on sex, a history of feminism the United States, the democratization of the
family, sex in the future, etc. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 33 minutes.
- Vt-150.43. "Lo + Plus – Shere Hite." Spain. October 22, 1998.
Scope and Contents: On this talk show, Hite discusses her book, Mujeres Sobre Mujeres, gender relations and sexuality, lesbianism, masturbation, etc. Unedited footage
interspersed. Unrelated material follows. In Spanish. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 59 minutes.
- Vt-150.44. "Shere Hite/Q&A." CNN International. ca. 1998.
Scope and Contents: Hite discusses her counseling group, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and women in the
workplace, etc., Includes questions from callers. VHS. 28 minutes.
- Vt-150.45-46. "Open House with Gloria Hunniford, [Program Number] 45/Shere Hite." England. ca. 1998-2003.
Scope and Contents: Reel 45: Hunniford interviews Hite regarding her reports, personal life and public
image, and upbringing by her grandparents. Reel 46: Much of the entire program, which
includes a group discussion about women in the workplace including Hite. Unrelated
material follows. 2 tapes. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 188 minutes.
- Vt-150.47-48. Christiane Charette en Direct. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. February 23, 1999.
Scope and Contents: Reel 47: Unedited footage of an interview with Hite over the telephone regarding such
topics as working relationships between women, and intimacy between women generally,
etc. Reel 48: The full program with the above interviewer and others on location in
Montréal. In English and French. 2 tapes. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 24 minutes.
- Vt-150.49-50. Journal 8. Japan. November or December 1999 and April 10, 2001.
Scope and Contents: Reel 49: Japanese television program featuring Shere Hite on her research, gender
relations, etc. Reel 50: Hite on sexual harassment and romantic relationships in the
workplace, etc. In Japanese and English. 2 tapes. VHS. NTSC and PAL/SECAM.. 63 minutes.
- Vt-150.52. "Célio Bocanheira Entrevista Shere Hite -- Autora do Livro Sexo e Negócios." 1990s.
Scope and Contents: Hite on sexual harassment in the workplace, friendship between the genders, gender
difference generally, the status of the women's movement, etc. In Portuguese and English.
VHS. 25 minutes.
- Vt-150.56. "Shere/Japan." England and Japan. 1990s.
Scope and Contents: Interview with Hite regarding reception and criticism of her work, which sex-oriented
issues receive more press, her research, etc; followed by footage of Hite in Japan
(at Nihon University?) in conversation with President Minoru Mori. In Japanese and
English. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 84 minutes.
- Vt-150.59. Lo Más Plus. "Shere Hite/Sexo y Negocios." Canal +. Spain. September 12-15, 2000.
Scope and Contents: On this talk show, Hite discusses sexual harassment in the workplace, and her book,
Sex and Business, etc. Followed by other pieces based on her research, including commentary by Hite,
and portrayals of women in the media, etc. Some footage repeats. In Spanish and English.
VHS. PAL/SECAM. 28 minutes.
- Vt-150.61. Good Ideas of the Twentieth Century. "The Female Orgasm."/"Without Walls." England. ca. 2002.
Scope and Contents: Piece featuring Hite on equating women's sexuality with power, her upbringing, intercourse
versus masturbation, the anatomy of the vagina, sexual categories, etc. VHS. 10 minutes.
- DVD-85.1. "The Last Word." England. April 28, 2006.
Scope and Contents: Panel discussion on current affairs, including Hite, who discusses conflicts between
the West and the Arab world, and politics over the female body. DVD. 24 minutes.
- Vt-150.64. "Canal Plus/Shere Hite." Spain? n.d.
Scope and Contents: Unedited footage of Hite interviewed in Spanish (primarily) and English on feminism,
women's rights, Sigmund Freud, and other topics. A music video featuring Hite and
her husband follows. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 35 minutes.
See also reel #Vt-150.12.
- Series II. LECTURES AND TALKS, ca. 1978-1989 (#Vt-150.67-72)
- Vt-150.68-70. Rochester, New York? lecture. ca. 1970s.
Scope and Contents: Hite addresses an audience on human sexuality and perceived comparisons within the
animal world in literature and public discourse, the history and financing of her
research, research results on women and orgasms, etc. Hite takes questions from the
audience, on female circumcision, the reception of her book in Italy and other countries,
stereotypes about femininity, etc. Picture quality varies. 3 tapes. 1/2-inch Helical
scan videotape. 92 minutes.
- Vt-150.71. Kennedy Center talk. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. October 14, 1981.
Scope and Contents: Institute of Politics forum features Hite discussing her research generally, and results
of her research for The Hite Report on Male Sexuality specifically. Topics include communication with women, marriage and infidelity, intercourse,
methodology, etc. Includes part of question and answer session with the audience.
VHS. 93 minutes.
- Vt-150.72. "Literatur im Römer." Germany. ca. 1989.
Scope and Contents: Hite discusses, with her husband translating, in front of a live audience her book,
Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Other Lovers, men, and partnerships generally. In German. VHS. PAL/SECAM. 19 minutes.
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Married women--Sexual behavior
Sex in marriage
Sex in mass media
Sex role in the work environment
Sexual behavior surveys
Sexual intercourse--Psychological aspects
Women authors, American
Women in public life
Hite, Shere. Good guys, bad guys, and other lovers
Hite, Shere. Hite report on male sexuality
Hite, Shere. Hite report on the family: growing up under patriarchy
Hite, Shere. Mujeres sobre mujeres
Hite, Shere. New Hite report
Hite, Shere. Sex and Business
Höricke, Friedrich, 1963-