When Czech reformers reportedly resorted to nude attractions, Soviet ideologists sensed a scheme to distract young people from Communist pursuits. “On the pages of magazines and newspapers, naked beauties are more and more decisively pushing out their competitors in working tunics,” said Komsomolskaya Pravda. “One becomes convinced that those nude models carry a skillfully disguised ideological load.” The Soviet Young Communist League newspaper charged that striptease had been introduced in Prague for the same purpose—to divert young minds from Communist politics.

Communist policy-makers apparently realize that sexual permissiveness can rob a people of serious purpose. And their views contrast embarrassingly with the seeming indifference of so many opinion-leaders in America, where an unprecedented wave of sexual exploitation erodes values that have been very important in this country’s greatness. Preoccupation with illicit sex has become so acute that it puts us on the verge of moral anarchy.

Lately the media and entertainment fields have been playing a sordid can-you-top-this game. Hair introduced nudity to the stage last year. I Am Curious (Yellow) presents, for the first time on an American public theater screen, an act of sexual intercourse in which the performers are shown full-length and nude. The off-Broadway play Che! was so bad that its players were arrested and charged with “consensual sodomy, public lewdness, and obscenity.” One theater-goer was quoted by Religious News Service as saying, “About all they have left to do now for shocks is actually to kill somebody on the stage.”

Things are as bad—or worse—with the printed page. Portnoy’s Complaint runs the sexual gamut and is said to be the fastest-selling hardback ...

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