by Denny Larke, Ph.D. A psychologist answers a question which causes needless feelings of guilt in countless couples. Dr. Larke is a psychologist and psychotherapist. There is no feeling quite so terrible as the feeling of sex guilt. If a person's guilty feelings are strong enough, the consequences may be physically and emotionally destructive. As a case in point, the author recently had occasion to see a young woman, attractive and well-educated, who had suddenly become completely paralyzed on one side of her body. A thorough examination by doctors failed to disclose anything physically wrong.
"You grow a better marriage in one bed," says this marital counselor. by David Goodman, M.D. "Two beds make half a marriage," the pretty wife complained to the marriage counselor, as she urged her husband — also present — to buy a single bed, possibly king-sized, to replace the twin bed set they now slept in. This wife had a good sense of what it takes to make a marriage. Marriage is for love and closeness, a feeling that you and your spouse are one. In all the literature of love and marriage, did you ever read of twin beds? No! Poets, novelists, essayists always wrote of the marriage bed, singular, not plural.
Inability to perform sexual intercourse can sometimes annul a new marriage. by John Warren Giles, LL.B. A practicing member of the bar, Mr. Giles was formerly Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America and the University of Kansas. Can a marriage be annulled because the husband is impotent? Or because the wife is unable to engage in sexual intercourse? In many states, laws provide that a marriage may be annulled on the ground of sexual inability of either spouse. In such cases the courts have the power to require either or both of the parties to submit to a physical examination.
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.
by Sophia J. Kleegman, M.D. FEW doctors are as well qualified by training and experience to discuss female sexuality as is Dr. Sophia J. Kleegman. She is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York University-Bellevue Medical Center and a leading marriage counselor with almost 40 years of experience. Dr. Kleegman also is a well-known specialist on problems of fertility and a pioneer in artificial insemination. In a recent interview, Dr. Kleegman discussed various types of female sex problems.
by Isadore Rubin, Ph.D. Dr. Rubin is Managing Editor of this publication. Two recent news items have called attention to a device which has undoubtedly had very wide sexual use but has rarely before come to public or professional notice. The device is an electric vibrator. In December of last year, in an article dealing with the "feverish" preparation being made to clean up Tokyo in time for this year's Olympics, Time magazine reported: "For one thing, (police) banned the manufacture and sale of a variety of ingenious aphrodisiac devices such as battery-powered vibrators, for whose production Japan is famous. Plain-clothesmen were posted at the special 'sex drugstores' where the gimmicks had been sold."
by Albert Abarbanel, Ph.D. A discussion of theories about how the moon's cycle affects the rise and fall of sex desire. The moon has always played a prominent part in people's beliefs about sex. Primitive tribes conduct elaborate fertility rites when the moon is full. The peasants of southern Germany, southern France and Spain believe that the best time to conceive a child is during a crescent moon. Police chiefs alert their sex squads for trouble when the moon is full.
A discussion of the fears and worries that lie behind the tough bravado of would-be he-men. by Richard Stiller, M. A. Quite recently an acquaintance of mine was congratulated on the birth of his first child. One of the well-wishers—a long-married but childless man who was well-known for his athletic vigor and his very aggressive personality—said: "Well, at least nobody can question your virility." Obviously this outwardly masculine man had some private doubts about his public image as a 100 per cent male figure.
A distinguished psychiatrist replies to a reader who suggests wife-swapping as a means of increasing married happiness. By Walter R. Stokes, M.D., LL.B. LETTER FROM A READER: In your March 1963 issue, under the title "Question of the Month," you published a letter from one of your readers in which he confessed his desire that he and his wife hare extramarital sexual relations by mutual consent. Your reply was very interesting. But, maybe due to a lack of experience on your part with situations like this, the sexual aspect was not discussed clearly enough. In my opinion many others have the same desires as your letter writer.
The Beatles and their admirers have aroused widespread interest and attention. Fifty million dollars worth of goods bear their name as this article is written. These include wild Beatle wigs, Beatle sweaters, Beatle shirts, Beatle hats, Beatle buttons, etc., etc. To most adults, the ear-piercing sounds, the jungle screams, and the strange body movements of teen-age Beatle fans are the hardest part of the Beatle-mania burden.