Blue Star

Decent Exposure
By: 
Scott Sullivan
Wikipedia provided me a near-hit: “Citizens for Decent Literature was a pro-censorship advocacy body founded in 1958 by the Roman Catholic anti-pornography campaigner Charles Keating. The founder “was a man of dubious moral qualities,” wrote Whitney Strub in the Journal of the History of Sexuality. “Investigative journalists described (Keating) as a racist and sexist who leered at the attractive young women he hired in his business career—‘all young, mainly blond, often buxom’ —and who frequently pressured them into having breast-enlargement surgery. “The group faded into relative obscurity in the 1970s as its founder turned his attention to less decent innovations such as junk-bond financing.” Remember Charles Keating of the late-1980s savings and loan scandal? Yup, same guy.

Emerging from the debris mountain in my office last week was a glass-encased yellow certificate reading:

“This store is cooperating with the CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR DECENT LITERATURE by endeavoring to keep its newsstand free from objectionable literature.” Below was the COMMITTEE’s gold-stamped seal.

Suspecting this honor predated my being editor here, I flipped it. Mounted on its back was an explanation:

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