THANK goodness for The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga...

salmagundi

November 02, 1992

THANK goodness for The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga., where an editorialist summed up everyone's objections to Madonna's new book, "Sex," in a few terse paragraphs:

"Madonna, who has parlayed a propensity for getting naked into a multimillion-dollar industry, has just released a book. It's titled 'Sex.'

"It costs $50 and features pictures of her naked with a variety of men and women and assorted recreational devices and leather goods. It also has words, like: 'This book is about sex. Sex is not love. Love is not sex.'

"Would someone please throw a blanket over this woman before she gives sex a bad name?"

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SPEAKING of "Sex", we thought it would be interesting to consider the sort of literature that used to be controversial.

The following excerpts are taken from "The Art of Kissing" by Hugh Morris, published in 1936.

"The only kiss that counts is the one exchanged by two people who are in love with each other. . . The kiss is really the introduction to love, true love. . . And it is for this reason that the manner in which the kiss is performed is so vitally important. . .

"It is, therefore, necessary that the man be taller than the woman . . . He must be able to sweep her into his strong arms, and tower over her, and look down into her eyes, and cup her chin into his fingers and then bend over her face and plant his eager, virile lips on her moist, slightly parted, inviting ones. . . All of these are impossible when the woman is the taller of the two . . . the physical mastery is gone, the male prerogative is gone, everything is gone but the fact that two lips are touching two other lips . . .

"In kissing a girl whose experience with osculation is limited, it is a good thing to work up to the kissing of the lips. Only an arrant fool seizes hold of such a girl . . . and suddenly shoves his face into hers and smacks her lips . . .

"Tell her she is beautiful!

"Then, take a deep sniff of the perfume in her hair and comment on it. Tell her the odor is like 'heady wine'. Tell her that her hair smells like a garden of roses. Tell her anything, but be sure to tell her something complimentary . . . ."

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