The Last Gasp

The finest journal in its field is the Journal of the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors—professional, contemporary, lively, and instructive. All the more impressive, therefore, is the table of contents for the January issue. I wonder if the titles even need comment:

“The Role of the Counselor in Sex Behavior and Standards.”

“College Youth and Sexual Confusion.”

“Premarital Sex Norms in America and Scandinavia.”

“The Variety and Meaning of Premarital Heterosexual Experiences for the College Student.”

“Premarital Pregnancies and Their Outcome.”

“Sex and the College Student: A Bibliography of New Findings and Insights.”

From what I can find out, this table of contents is the result of pressures among deans of women that their journal give them help in what has become a very serious problem on every college campus. We have passed through an era when we were just a little pleased with ourselves because we could speak freely on matters of sex. We are entering an era when we shall, perhaps, begin to discuss this subject with a note of desperation. Sometimes we dig up more snakes than we can kill; and as against the wisdom of our forebearers, we will have turned loose in the name of freedom what shall now destroy us by license.

I don’t know who Stevie Smith is, but he surely got off a good one once: “I was much farther out than you thought and not waving but drowning.”

In this “far out” day of ours, things may not be quite as gay as they look.

EUTYCHUS II

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