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June 2, 1951

The Folklore of Sex.

JAMA. 1951;146(5):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670050089041

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Uniqueness marks the manner in which this survey of modern attitudes regarding sex was carried out by Ellis, who, in dedicating the volume to Havelock Ellis, notes with regret that they are not related. After considering various approaches, he settled on the plan of scanning all popular mediums of mass communication for a one day period. The day selected by Ellis was Jan. 1, 1950. What he found relating to sex aspects in that extensive, even though one day, survey is reported and analyzed under various classifications. In part 1 he determines popular attitudes on extramarital relations, and in successive sections he covers noncoital relations, sex relations involving pregnancy, sex organs, desires and expressions, sex crimes and "perversions," and sex control and censorship. The sections vary considerably in length, some taking little more than a few pages. All are filled with direct quotations from daily papers, popular magazines—"slick paper" as

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