I've frequently come across this cover of Carole Lombard from the April 1936 issue of True Confessions -- and each time I do, I always wonder how Carole felt about being associated with a topic such as birth control, which still was a controversial subject in 1936. (And this was some two dozen years before the Pill became an integral part of the sexual revolution.)
Knowing Carole as well as just about anyone else who never actually met her (with the possible exceptions of my friends Michelle Morgan and Carole Sampeck), I'd have to say it didn't bother her. It's apparent that Lombard loathed sexual hypocrisy, including the "double standard"; if she wanted to spend a night with a man she cared for, heck, she'd do it.
Robert Matzen, arguably another one whose expertise on Lombard probably exceeds mine, recently stated that he wouldn't have been surprised if Carole and William Powell occasionally were intimate soon after their divorce in 1933 -- not because they had any thought of getting back together as a couple, but because each wanted a little fun in bed.
But now, there's another reason this issue holds some interest for me: There's a story about Carole inside.
"Carole Lombard Reveals the Seven Steps of Love"? Sounds tantalizing -- probably not a Kama Sutra (no publication would go that far in the mid-thirties), but it could be interesting. Then again, it could merely be a rehashing of an earlier Lombard article with a similar title, "There Are 7 Kinds of Love," in the Photoplay of October 1933 (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/100718.html).
I honestly don't know the answer, because as far as I know True Confessions never has been uploaded online and the sample I have here is too small to read legibly. What I do know is that somebody will find out, because this issue is on sale at eBay for $39.99; the seller says it's in "acceptable" condition and there are no missing or loose pages. This ad, which apparently has nothing to do with Carole, also is included:
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And one more thing: The year before this came out, Lombard was in a romantic relationship with Robert Riskin, who wrote many screenplays for Frank Capra and others ("Virtue" was in the latter category). While we don't know how each officially stood on birth control, Carole wanted children in a marriage and Robert didn't (he'd change his mind after marrying Fay Wray in the 1940s). That may have paved the way for the Lombard-Clark Gable romance, that began about the time this issue hit newsstands.