Morals: Defense Against Dirt

"They call us the dirty-movie ladies," says Mrs. Margery Shriver. "They don't realize," adds Mrs. Mary Avara, "the headaches we get from watching this stuff." "Can you imagine," asks Mrs. Rosalyn Shecter, "kids at drive-ins getting to see stuff like this? They do elsewhere, you know."

The "stuff" is flesh flicks, and the three middleaged, middle-class mothers constitute Maryland's defense against them. The last state to censor motion pictures in advance of distribution, Maryland pays the members of its Board of Motion Picture Censors between $4,000 and $4,500 a year each. In...

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