I'm about halfway through the book "Complicated Women" by Mick Lasalle, it's about pre-Code Hollywood women.
Quote from the book, "The best era for women's pictures was the pre-Code era … between 1929 and 1934. …They had fun. That's why the Code came in." Mick Lasalle says that, "After the Code crime films, war movies, adventures etc. continued to be made. But the social dramas that took the woman's point of view … all but disappeared. One can infer the intent of censorship by seeing exactly what got censored."
The "good bad girl" is what some called the new woman. (of the 1920's and 30's) The 1933 book "Our Movie-Made Children" by Henry J. Forman argued that this "good bad girl" was helping to destroy the younger generation. Forman's book echoed the pro-censorship attitude behind the Payne Fund which commissioned the book.
(Do I even have to mention that the groups wanting censorship were mostly religious groups controlled by men? )