DEAR ABBY: I am writing in response to "No More Noxious Ads," who was allergic to perfume samples in women's magazines. I, too, am offended by these pullouts; however, what offends me more is the seemingly unenlightened content in these same publications, and others, at the checkout stands across the country.
Some of the explicit articles now printed in women's magazines remind me of the trash published 20 years ago in Playboy. This kind of garbage disguised as "helpful hints" used to be considered X-rated -- certainly not acceptable in decent company.
Why do these publishers continue to print explicit and shocking attempts to destroy the moral fiber of our nation? As human beings, we should have loftier goals than learning new ways to titillate our already fragile social condition, all to the exclusion of making meaningful leaps forward.
I am not a conservative, religious-right anti-feminist, but I am tired of all the focus on sex these days. Are your other readers similarly irked? Maybe publishers would listen if your mail indicated significant numbers of displeased women looking for a forum. -- D.S. IN KENT, WASH.
DEAR D.S. IN KENT: Publishers of women's magazines that some people find offensive will not listen to me or my readers. They are operating under the assumption that sex sells. They do, however, pay attention to numbers, and only when their circulation shows an impressive decline will they clean up their act.