The Press: Diluted Sex

A year ago the hack-writers who produce "true stories" and "confessions" were told by their employers to "lay off the sex stuff." This applied chiefly to seductions and attempted seductions. A cleaner substitute was wanted, partly because of fear of censorship, but essentially because public taste was changing. Heart throbs, steadfast virtue, outdoor heroes, wholesome homes, human interest stories were selling like hotdogs at a horse race. They became the order of the day.

Take, for example, the True Story magazine, kingpin of Bernarr Macfadden's confession group (True Romances, True Experiences, Dream World)....

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