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The Terrible Truth(1951)

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  • Yes, People Realy Did Feel That Way

    • Bob Reuter
    • 5/5/18

    This short is an extremely strong denouncement of publicity and promotion of all forms of sexual conduct departing from familial procreation. Not as important as the outright denouncement of the acts themselves was denouncement of the alleged campaign to entice both adults and youth to derive pleasure from seeing how this "deviant and depraved sexual conduct" was displayed through the "fast and far-reaching print media" of the day (including newspapers, books and magazines plus evolving dedicated pictorial compendiums of only sex and unusual sexual acts including, most notably, those of "homosexuals" and "lesbians" and the (young) objects of the lurid interests of these groups who had been lured into either form of depravity. The short was made in 1950 about trends that were already well-established and clearly gained a lot of headway until the Reagan era when there was a crackdown through the Meese Commission on the easy availability of sexual print material in drug stores, convenience stores, stores specializing in this material, transportation terminals, an so on. It would be a surprise if the feelings have changed among the original protestors and their philosophical heirs. They are now faced with an even worse problem through the Internet which overwhelms the capacity of the mass, rapidly and readily available print media of the 1950-1990 period. The latter has been so pervasive that there are even more "deviations" to be concerned about (LGBTQ); although, through the Nation's embracing "diversity," it has become almost PC-Correct to be a part of one of these groups of 1950s deviants. The short seems to have been a little late in making a difference in where the view of the producers saw the Country going; as, it seems almost more strongly headed that way, in 2018.

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