READERS SPEAK OUT: Sex before marriage
EDITOR’S NOTE In the December, 1964 issue of this magazine, 4 members of Sexology’s Board of Consultants gave their answers to the question: “What, in your opinion, is the ideal code of sex before marriage toward which society should work for the future?” At that time we also invited our readers to send in their replies to this question.
We continue to publish in these pages some of the answers we have received. Each opinion, of course, represents the private view of the writer, not the editorial position of this publication.
SEX in Advertising
How Madison Avenue manipulates erotic images in order to sell more merchandise.
by Richard Stiller, M.A.
Mr. Stiller is Associate Editor of this publication.
There was a time when Madison Avenue avoided the downright sexy and suggestive and settled for a pretty face. And in the advertisements for female undergarments even the pretty face was taboo.
But no more! Today “sex is the sizzle that sells” everything from sweat socks to hotel rooms. And it sells them in erotic images that rival the sexiness of the modern film, novel, and play.
Art Or Filth? – The Prose And Cons Of Lady Chatterley
The book that shocked the world was banned for 31 years. Should the ban continue?
By TIM WILKINS
“WHEN IS A “dirty word” not “dirty?”
We’re talking about those four-letter words which you may find written on the walls of the gents’ room in a waterfront saloon. When they’re written there—and taking into consideration the way they describe various sex acts—most people would agree that they’re “dirty.
But what happens when those same words are used to describe in detail the same sex acts in an obviously serious novel by an obviously serious and important writer?
What You Don’t Know About Kissing…
Whether you’re a chaste uncle or a swingin’ chick, osculation has its dangers—and delights.
By DAVID GUNSTON
NO LUXURY is without its dangers. Reading about the recently-discovered effects of smoking may make you reach for a cigarette to calm your nerves; drinking promises alcoholism or cirrhosis of the liver; every man knows that the pursuit of women ends in inevitable bankruptcy. Even the simpler pleasures of life are not without their balancing terror. Listen to the awful warning given the other day by the British Medical Journal: “The hazards of kissing depend very much on its technique.
The test case they are referring to is of course Griswold v. Connecticut in which the Supreme Court ruled that the law violated a person’s right to privacy.
Fortunately Planned Parenthood is still around and could use your help in their good work. Please consider donating today.
CONNECTICUT’S ANTI-BIRTH CONTROL LAW UPHELD
Once again Connecticut’s 85-year-old anti-birth control law has been upheld by the state supreme court. The state law, which has been attacked by Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut for more than 40 years, makes the use of contraceptives a crime. Another state law makes it illegal to give advice—even for doctors—on the use of contraceptives.
Battle Between the Sexes
Right from the start we train our children for a war between men and women. By Walter R. Stokes, M.D., LL.B.
Why do we have violent, humiliating conflicts between the sexes? How can we stop them?
Ideally, whether you were born male or female, there should be no real difference in your opportunity to live a full, well-rounded life.
Persons of either sex should be able to look forward to a relationship with someone of the opposite sex that will be cooperative, affectionate and enjoyable. In our society, however, this goal is reached by only a few. For a great many men and women, sexual, social and marital relations are torn by indignity, strife and trouble.
FROM THE EDITOR’S Scrapbook
SELF-CASTRATION. An interesting case was presented recently of a 29-year-old male who had attempted to amputate his penis. The year before he had castrated himself by removing his testes. A most unusual aspect of the case was the fact that, for six years prior to his attempt, he had had alternate periods of bodily feminization and remasculinization.
During the periods of feminization, he reported, his breasts became protuberant, his voice became higher, he did not have to shave and fat distribution became markedly feminine. When examined by a gland specialist, he was found to be a normal male; the changes he reported could not be verified.
THE SPY QUEEN WAS A NYMPHO!
Revealed for the first time—the biggest secret in the torrid life of Martha Dodd, the Reds’ Mata Hari in the U.S.
By JOHN LEWIS CARVER
IN THE FALL of 1950, a short, cleanshaven, ebullient man had dinner behind closed doors in a Moscow office and while he was munching the excellent meal suddenly realized that this could very well become his last supper. In the midst of pleasantries he abruptly felt the cold gust of death breathing down his spine.
What Are Those Nurses Doing in Mexico’s Bawdy Houses?
The latest gimmick of the vice peddlers south of the border are pretty angels of mercy to lure tourists to safer sin . . .
By HOYT McAFFE
VICE TRAFFICKERS in Juarez — aided and abetted by Mexican officials — recently hit upon a new gimmick to promote sex and prostitution in that red-hot border town. Their purpose was to reduce a soaring VD rate and induce the thousands of GI’s and American thrill-seekers who flock there weekly to feel “safer.” They assigned trim, young, uniformed, trained nurses to the swarming beehive-type houses of prostitution in Juarez!
Wired for Sin – THE VICE RACKET BEHIND THOSE PHONE ANSWERING SERVICES
Bigtown call girls operate freely because slick tele-fronts handle their incoming calls
By JACK MITCHELL
THE TALL, sleeky-dressed blonde got off the hotel elevator and made her way swiftly across the lobby to the telephone booths. Tossing aside a mink stole from her shapely shoulders, she took pencil and notebook from her pocketbook, dialed a number and said softly: “This is June. Any calls?”