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Houston Breakthrough 1978-02 - Page 21. February 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2254/show/2249.

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(February 1978). Houston Breakthrough 1978-02 - Page 21. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2254/show/2249

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1978-02
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1978
Description Vol. 3 No. 1
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript MAYOR cont'd from page 1 "Where are you going to find a woman Curly Culp?" Q. Do you feel any particular commitment toward women? A. Oh, certainly. I feel that women are the equal of their male counterpart in 'most anything that they desire to be. I think that if somebody wants to argue that, they could carry it to the ridiculous. You know, where are you going to find a woman Curly Culp, for example? Well, I'm not interested in a woman's Curly Culp.* I don't think all of the talent lies with the male with any stretch of the imagination. I think women are very effective workers in government or in any other procedure they may want to be in, but I have no hangup with women at all. I think women do have some peculiar problems that maybe their male counterpart doesn't have. Q. For example? A. Well, let's talk about rape, for example, on the women's side. I think that is a very touchy subject and a subject that needs some special attention through our Houston Police Department. It is receiving some special attention, but I would like to see that special attention improved upon—the rape squad and so on. Q. There've been several stories lately in the media about shortages in the rape squad in terms of personnel A. I don't think that's a designea thing. I don't know of a division of the Houston Police Department that isn't fighting a shortage of personnel, but I have had some meeting with Chief Caldwell. He's aware of the problem, and we're doing everything we can to beef the thing up so that those rape victims are treated just as well as is possible to do— and because it helps us in clearing some of the cases. "I don't expect him (the police chief) to completely deplete the burglary and theft department to staff that (the rape squad)." Q. Do you have specifics in mind? A. We have, but within the limitations that the Chief operates under. In other words, I don't expect him to completely deplete the burglary and theft department to staff that. It has to be done with some input from the Chief as to where his weaknesses and strengths are. But he is aware, as I am, that there are some still existing problems. Q. I've also been told, by a representative of a woman's group, that there is a tremendous problem in getting the Houston Police Department to handle battered women cases, that the police department is very reluctant to interfere, particularly if it's a divorce case wherein the husband has returned to th home and is beating up his wife. A. There are, and there are reasons why. So often, they're called out in a domestic squabble and before they get out of there, they're being hit by both- the man and the wife—because she has a certain love, respect, whatever it is, for her husband. She doesn't want to see him loaded into the car, so pretty soon, she's beating them over the head with her purse, and she's the one who called them out there. I think that if you put yourself in the position of the police officer and when nine out of 10 of them go sour on you, pretty soon, human nature is human nature. You decide, 'Hell, we'll go out and investigate and make sure nobody's been killed and leave it alone.' But that needs to be improved. Q. And if the woman really is willing to have him carted off, or he's already gone by the time they get there? A. I don't think there's any problem...if he's there, and she really wants to charge him. If we do, I'm not aware of it. They'll pick him up if she will agree to file charges...When he's already gone, there sometimes is a problem because they go out and pick him up, and she refuses to file charges for one reason or. another-either fear or, you know, 'all is forgiven and forgotten' and they're back-> making love. That's one of the problems. I must be honest about it, I never realized until recently that the battered woman situation was as bad as it is. "I must be honest about it—I never realized the battered woman situation was as bad as it was." Q. What made you more aware? A. I guess the exposure that was brought about by the campaign and the election. Q. What else did you learn in relation to women's issues? A. I think a lot of it I probably already knew...but had no control over it at that point in time. For several years, I have realized that women in the marketplace, for example, do not and have not received the same pay for similar or like jobs. In doing some review with our civil service department, I find that is certainly true in city government, as well as in business, and we are trying to do something about it. Q. What specifically are you trying to do? A. By changing the salary range of women. Now, obviously, and I would hope that everybody could understand this-we cannot do that tonight because the budget impact is too severe. It has to be done on a graduated and gradual scale—but it can be done. Q. Another one of the big complaints has been the city health insurance policy, specifically the maternity disability wherein the woman has to be married and her spouse also covered by the policy. The maximum is $100 for hospitalization and $75 for delivery. Do you anticipate any changes in that? A. No, I can't say immediately because the council defeated that, and we have practically the same council. "I've had to pay for six childbirths in my lifetime and even the first one many years ago, I don't think $175 would have handled it." Q. But the legal department has said those requirements ... have been held to be illegal in other cases... A. I don't doubt that it has been found illegal in some other areas, but I think that a great deal of attention must be placed on the fact that some of the council members feel that they do not want to underwrite the pregnancy of unmarried women. Q. Is that what it's gotten down to? A. I think so. That's exactly what their hesitation would be and very candidly, when I was on the Council I had a little hesitation about that. I don't know that it's the taxpayer's responsibility to be paying for the pregnancies of unmarried employees. Q. Leaving that aspect aside, say she's married and her spouse is covered and so forth, what would be the disability payments for a man who, say, has a hernia operation? A. I don't know. Probably out of line. It's (pregnancy benefits) obviously too low. I've had to pay for six child- births in my own lifetime, and even the first one many years ago I don't think $175 would have handled it. Seminars on rape prevention will be offered at recreation centers in parks throughout the city. Mayor McConn (center) announced the joint project between the city's health and parks departments. Linda Cryer, (left) who heads the Rape Prevention and Treatment Center in the health department, will give a series of lectures on "Rape Occurrences and Prevention" to any group requesting it. Barbara Dillingham (right) public information officer in the parks and recreation department, said groups may call 641-4111 or apply to their local recreation center for the rape seminars. Tim Hart, acting director of the parks department, helped implement this new city service due to the increase in rape assaults. The city is averaging 130 (reported) rapes a month. Reported rapes increased 34% over 1976. Q. How do you feel toward the Equal Rights Amendment? A. Well, I'll tell you honestly that I think it has some problems. I'm not sure that some of the problems it creates have really been addressed by some of the people pushing the Equal Rights Amendment. Q. Such as? A. Well, if we were to go back into selective service, do women really want to be drafted? Maybe they do, I don't know. I relate to the women I know. I don't think that most of the women I know, both my children's age or my own age, want to fight that. I think that parts of the Equal Rights Amendent are needed and necessary, particularly such things as credit which has already been done, but it needs to be beefed up. A. My gut level instinct I think, would have been the same, to stay away because there wasn't a hell of a lot I could have accomplished by going over there. But from my own religious background (Catholic), if somebody said, 'Jim McConn, you have to go to one of the two meetings under the penalty of some threat,' I would have attended the Pro- Life meeting. That would only have been to stay out of jail or something of that nature. Q. I asked a moment ago, 'Do you feel any commitment toward women?' This time the question is, do you feel any commitment toward the feminist movement? A. I don't think that I do. I think I feel a deep commitment towards women, but the feminist movement-somebody ". . . If somebody said 'Jim McConn, you have to go to one of these two meetings (the National Women's Conference or the 'Pro-life' Rally) under penalty of some threat, I would have attended the Pro-life meeting. That would have been to stay out of jail or something of that nature." *Curly Culp is a 300 lb. defensive lineman for the Houston Oilers. Page 20 February 1978 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH Q. If you had been the Mayor in November, would you have been at the National Women's Conference... A. No, I would not. Q. or the Pro-Life Rally? A. I would have stayed away from both. Again, the confusion that that thing brought about. Somebody's going to have to sit me down and explain to me just exactly what we're trying to achieve by what we're doing along those lines. We obviously are divided among the women's groups, you see, and before I lend the power, if that's the word, of this office to either one of them, I'd have to see what they're about. I don't really know what they're about. Obviously, they are fussin' and feudin' and can't seem to come to grips with their own problems internally. I think until they do that, the best thing the Mayor can do is to stay away. Q. If you were not the Mayor, but Jim McConn, an individual who has the right to do whatever he wants to do? Your gut level instinct? would have to really sit down and define to me just exactly what the goals of the feminist movement are because I'm not sure I understand what they are. Q. Is there anything in particular you would like to say to Breakthrough's readers? A. No, except that I don't want to be classed as, you know, 'anti-women,' because I am not. Admittedly, I have some problems I think, as most males do, with understanding the complete thrust of the feminist movement-just exactly what they're trying to achieve. Perhaps they can tell me. I'll be glad to listen. I honestly don't know, at this point in time, just exactly what their goals are, and I'm not going to exclude anybody from visiting with Jim McConn, and I think I'd find it very interesting to sit and talk and find out what their goals are, what they're about, so to speak. All I know is surfacely, and all I know is what I read, and perhaps I'm not reading the right periodicals.