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Pointblank Times 1976-06 - Page 5. June 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/29/show/19.

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Title Pointblank Times 1976-06
Date June 1976
Description Vol. 2 No. 5
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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  • Periodicals
Language English
Physical Description 14 page periodical
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Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
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Title Page 5
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3767189~S11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript How do you NK^ it ?' (pbt, that is) Have you ever sat in a group and heard someone introduce an idea with phrases such as "What the people want", "We feel", "Lesbians are concerned with" and "The readers are interested in"? I've done it myself and certainly have heard others do the same. What is happening at that point is that the speaker has made an assumption that what she feels is what others feel, what is important to her, is what is important to others. I suppose that it is quite natural to assume that we represent the majority, are in tune with others. Unfortunately, I think we often make such assumptions without having evidence to support our claim of being representative. That is why I was so interested in the results of the Pointblank Times questionnaire about the contents of our paper. The feedback which I have heard in the past led me to believe that my ideas about what the community was interested in might be more indicative of my closet elitism instead of real knowledge of what lesbian/feminists were concerned with. About fifty women responded to our questionnaire. I would like to take this space to share with you how we feel. In the order of preference, the types of submissions which PBT readers would like to see are: News Accounts, Interviews, Commentaries, Short Stories, Reviews, Art, and Poetry. What was particularly surprising to me was that the readers who rated such submissions as News Accounts and Commentaries high, gave very low ratings to Interviews and Short Stories and vice versa. Almost everyone expressed either disinterest in Poetry in general or dissatisfaction with the poetry we have printed. The topic of Sports received the most heated responses. Readers either want to read more about it, or nothing at all, with about an equal number on each side. The topic of Relationships seemed to register the most interest in general. What these results tell me is that PBT has basically two kinds of readers: those interested in the politics of oppression and those interested in literary efforts. The PBT staff is interested in both and will try to continue to provide our readers with articles that reflect those two areas. We are pretty good at taking a hint and you will see less poetry in the paper. Probably the harshest criticism we received was not in the form of a questionnaire but a letter from one of our readers. She stated that "there is no quality without content." "The only thing which really keeps me sane is the knowledge that we are involved in a historical struggle, that there is a very real women's culture to relate to, that there are women everywhere breaking their shackles. This gives me courage to go on. The PBT does not. I urge you to direct yourselves to the questions of substance." I appreciate this woman taking the time to share her frustrations with us. Her criticism is valid. While we have received equally strong criticism for taking ourselves too seriously and forever being angry, I accept the challenge of substance which has been presented to us. I would hope that you would also accept this challenge and share it with us. The PBT staff is interested in printing your articles on those issues about which you feel strongly. Feeling strongly does not always mean anger and rage. We would like to know what encourages you, puts you off, makes you laugh and sends you in a rage. To give you some specific ideas for topics, the next few issues of PBT will focus on Sports (July), Relationships (August), and Separatism and Anger (September). Material submitted for each of these issues must be received by PBT no later than the 10th of each month. Barbara