The Press: Pollyanna Unbound

WHAT THE SEX MANUALS DON'T TELL

YOU beckoned newspaper ads last week. The commodity on sale: a magazine article offering "penetrating guidance" to "anxious" husbands and wives with "secret worries." What lifted many eyebrows was not the subject of the article but the magazine that touted it: the staid Reader's Digest (world circ. 20 million), which for most of its 36 article-packed, circulation-enriching years has delicately skirted the subject it still refers to in chuckly anecdotes as "the facts of life."

Actually, the Digest cracked its boudoir boycott spectacularly in July 1956 with an article called "What Wives Don't Know About Sex." A...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!