A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 9, 1984

This week's cover story about the new sexual conservatism is noteworthy for more than its examination of changing American mores. It marks another appearance (the twelfth, to be exact) in TIME'S pages of Ralph and Wanda, those conjugal commentators on the foibles and follies of our culture. Their scrappy discussion of the return to high monogamy in the U.S. accompanies and artfully augments the main narrative.

The contentious couple is the creation of Associate Editor John Leo, who also wrote the main story, with assistance from Reporter-Researcher Val Castronovo. Says Leo: "I first got...

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