A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 24, 1964

THE change in the U.S. attitude toward sex mores has been developing gradually over a period of years. It made its appearance in books, theater, cinema, magazines, newspapers, television, the courts, on the campus—and even in the pulpit. Months ago, the editors of TIME decided that this development in U.S. life should be dealt with, fully and frankly, in a cover story.

All TIME bureaus in the U.S., as well as many part-time correspondents and the Paris and London staffs, were called on to contribute to the story. They interviewed hundreds of people—sociologists,...

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