The vice president of the Berkeley League of Women Voters wrote this outraged letter in 1928, describing a risqué performance at San Francisco's Curran Theater in hilarious detail: "One feature is a group of girls who sing and dance in a perfectly nude condition excepting for a veil draped around the hips and tied in front. The veil is not even brought under between the legs and when the girls dance & kick they show everything almost as if the veil were not there."
|Clara B. Sikes letter: Berkeley, Calif., to Alice Burr, 1928 July 2, League of Women Voters of San Francisco records, MS 1270, California Historical Society.|
The Executive Secretary's response is a classic example of administrative evasion: there is no committee of the League to take up questions of censorship; the Board of Directors will not meet until August and everyone is out of town; the President and Chairman of the Federation of Women's Clubs are out of town, too; so tell your friends to complain to the Police Department. Interesting, however, is how the Executive Secretary frames the problem, as a question of censorship and not obscenity (although the letter was later filed under the heading "delinquency").
|Executive secretary letter to Clara B. Sikes, 1928 July 10, League of Women Voters of San Francisco records, MS 1270, California Historical Society.|
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