• Steven Heller

Morality Takes a Lot of Words

Let me be brief. I am not trying to be sarcastic or even satiric in republishing the chapter below on “Birth-Control and Rhythm,” which is one of the sections in this 1955 marriage morality guide that also includes “Conjugal, Continence and Fidelity,” “Sterility and Sterilization,” “Abortion and Miscarriage” and “Divorce and Remarriage.” It was produced by The Ligourian: A Catholic Monthly Magazine in Liguori, MO. It simply fascinates one, like me, a skeptic without strong ties to religious doctrine, that it requires so many printed words, sentences, paragraphs and pages to enumerate and proscribe the rules of marriage. I really don’t intend to be discourteous to anyone who believes in these ideas, so forgive me for being surprised that at least in 1955 they were embraced so seriously. Needless to say, they could have found a more ecclesiastic typeface than Sharpie Bold.

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About Steven Heller Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →