Pats and Pans
A PAT, yes, to Time for recognizing women on their
annual "Man of the Year'' cover after almost 40 years
of male covers (the last women appeared in the 30's). A
PAN for spreading the distinction thin amongst 12
women. (Do 12 women equal one man? Will this collective cover take care of women until 2000?) PAN for
having a male write the cover story and for his superficial treatment of feminism, the social movement that
brought the great changes, his surface reporting on the
"factional disputes" within NOW, and his sinister
summary of the effects of the ERA.
PAT to Betty Ford for her honesty. Speaking before
several thousand attending the Greater Cleveland IWY
Congress she said, "My own support of the Equal
Rights Amendment has shown what happens when a
definition of proper behavior collides with an
individual's right to personal opinions. I do not believe
that being First Lady should prevent me from expressing my views.'' When Time magazine told her she was
one of 12 "Women of the Year," she replied it was a
shame Time could not name a "Human of the Year."
An Austin-American StatesPAN. The Austin -
American Statesman, in reporting on Barbara Jordan's
keynote address to the Conference on Women in Public
Life in Austin, described the U.S. Representative as a
"chunky, forceful Black . . . "Looking at the other
page one newsmakers that day, one wonders if the press
ever would have given "equal treatment" by describing Rockefeller as "paunchy" or Moynihan as
"pudgy" forceful white males? Also on page one, a
Dallas woman was described as a "37 year-old divorced mother of two." Then why not, V. P. Rockefeller, "a 67 year-old divorced father of seven?"
A slightly pained PAT to the Rhodes Trust which,
after 73 years, has finally agreed to accept applications
from women who want to spend two paid years of
graduate study at Oxford. It's been a long, long
Cosmopolitan rates a Peter PAN for its male nude
centerfolds. Don't they know that men are not sex
Texas A&I is PANned for its treatment of Esther
Pena, a student who was kicked off the volleyball team
because she refused to wear a bra. She had played two
previous seasons without one. Pena feels the bra is not
the real issue. She recently presented a list of grievances ranging from the male coaches' behavior on
tournament trips to poor lodging and meals.
"I was sick and tired of the way women in women's
athletics got treated," she said. Pena feels that all
agencies, offices and administrators on campus have
failed to help her with her grievances and sees legal
action as the next logical step.
Channel 39 deserves a pitter-PAT for having children present their news before the hour four times a day.
But, they also deserve a small-fry PAN for having no
Chicano representation. There are two Anglos (one
male, one female) and two Blacks (one male, one
female). And, while we're at it, why not at least one
newscast daily in Spanish?
A well-deserved PAT to Ms. Magazine for its employee stock-ownership trust, whereby the controlling
stock of the magazine will be divided among all the
staffers. Founding editor Steinem and publisher Carbine, the principal stockholders, searched for over two
years before coming up with this plan.
A (Pi) PAN to Lamar University President John E.
Gray who backed the graduate council's rejection of the
thesis of Cathryn King, a master's candidate in
mathematics, because her thesis on celestial navigation
included three pictures of herself in a bikini. Gray says
he will continue to support the graduate council "in
their efforts to maintain high standards for the scholarship on our campus. The basic issue in this case is
scholarship, not morals, not women's liberation, not
civil liberties," he said.
A beef PATty to the Longhorn Radio network
which, in cooperation with the Gay Academic Union,
is working on a series of half-hour programs to be
entitled: "What's Normal? An Examination of Changing Sexual Lifestyles in our Society." Series producer
is Frieda L. Werden. (Reported inPointblank Times.)
The stock answer from the media to all requests that
women's issues be given more coverage is lack of
airtime. For over two weeks in December, KPRC-TV
devoted about four minutes daily on "The Scene at
Five" to Christmas gift ideas, featuring one specific
store or restaurant daily. Four minutes of free advertising. For this Channel 2 and its free-loading advertisers
receive our PAN-handlers-of-the-month award.
A well-deserved PAT to the CBS Network for its recent
four-part series on battered wives. The series concluded that it was the degree of acceptability of violence
in society together with the conditioning of generations
of men to be "tough" that leads to this male-against-
female violence. The final observation by reporter
David Culhain was that'' we must change the definition
of what makes a man a man in our society."
A PAT to Martha Liebrum for an excellent report on the
invisible minority, "The Chicana." The article appeared last fall in the Post's "Today" section and
focused on a Chicana Studies course taught by Sally
Andrade at the Houston Community College.
An appreciative PAT to Texas Supreme Court Justice
Joe Greenhill on his appointment of feminist leader
Helen Copitka as a Parole Commissioner on the Board
of Pardons and Paroles. Copitka holds a Master's Degree in Rehabilitative Couseling and an E.D.S. in
counseling psychology. She was formerly Research
Director of the Houston Council on Human Relations.
Her appointment will help to bring some justice into the
criminal justice system.
PATS to James Oitzinger and Gerald Birnberg, counsels acting on behalf of the ACLU in representing a civil
suit filed by a group of inmates which charged that
conditions in the county jail violated the prisoners'
constitutional protections against "cruel and unusual
treatment." PAT to U.S. District Court Judge Carl O.
Bue who ordered major jail reforms for Harris County,
particularly in the area of pre-trial release. Reforms
range from hygienic living conditions to vocational
education programs. Bue hinted he would close the
jails if the county did not comply with his orders.
PAN to the Post for its 5-column, front page headline
(December 9):' '4 City Drug Officers Wounded; Police
Hunt Woman As Suspect." The story reported that a
male suspect was also being sought. Two weeks later,
when the woman suspect was no-billed by a grand jury,
the Post devoted a couple of sentences on page 2 (no
headline) saying she was cleared.
PAT to KXYZ News Director Thomas Wright for
broadcasting three hours of panel discussions on the
image of women in the media and keynote speeches by
Elizabeth Reid and Barbara Jordan from the Austin
Women in Public Life Conference, and making the
tapes available free of cost to individual women,
women's groups and libraries. (Program aired on
KXYZ-AM and KAUM-FM).
"Grateful" PAT to the Ministers of Social Affairs of
the European Common Market who have agreed to give
women equal access to jobs. The ministers also decided
that women should have equal rights concerning vocational training, working conditions, and advancement
prospects. PAN. The decision will take at least 30
months to become law.
PAN-1. to all three television sports reporters for film
clip after dull film clip of stand-up interviews with sport
heroes.PAN-2. Where were all those highly-touted
portable cameras when the U.S. Women's Olympic
Volleyball team played their Chinese counterparts in
Pasadena, Texas? PAT to the sports departments (particularly KHOU-TV's) for their coverage of the U.S.
Women's Gymnastic Competition, held for the first
time in Houston.
PATforthe.,- . x-nes Show (KPRC-TV). Ames is
a wholesome change in the noun *r.4 °nd we still have
hopes she will keep her opening-show promise to feature women community leaders and to emphasize her
Spanish heritage. (AAUW spokeswomen could not get
air time to present their IWY Outstanding Women of
the Year project). PAN for the inordinate amount of
time that has been devoted to set decorations, plants
PAT to KHOU's new noon-time format, a great improvement over the meek and mild interview show it
replaced. Now we have extended news coverage with
a woman anchor and shorter and more issue-oriented
interviews at the show's end. PAN for the daily
A PAT to Business Week (November 24) for an excellent article on "The Corporate Woman—Up the Ladder, Finally." It pointed out that after a decade of
federal legislation, efforts from the feminist movement, and changes in public opinion, women were
making corporate gains in areas other thati personnel
and consumer relations. Interesting points raised on
problems women executives encounter in the "old
PAT for Joan Nixon's New Year Day column filled
with reflections on the old year and what could have
been—the first appointment of a woman to the Supreme Court, women turning off their soap operas and
campaigning for women candidates, and the AM A
developing a Pill for men with the same side effects and
PAT to delegates of the AAUW's National convention
for cancelling its 1977 convention site, St. Louis, Missouri, because delegates agreed the convention could
not be held in a state that has not ratified the Equal
Rights Amendment. The hotel managers expressed
concern that the 5,000 delegates would meet elsewhere. Cities in states which have ratified the ERA are
being considered. (Houston is in a state which has!)
PAN the Houston Chronicle Sports Section (Dec. 11)
ran a solo article provocatively headlined, "Girl Athletes Called Dykes," one of a four-part series on
homosexual athletes syndicated from the Washington
Star. The Star headline for the same article read, "That
Lesbian Image Haunts Women Athletes"—not girl,
not dyke. ThzStar also ran the other three articles on the
series on homosexual football players. The Chronicle
did not. Why not? (More on this subject from Janice
Cunningham in February Breakthrough.)
PAN to newly-elected HISD board member William
Holland who was quoted as saying he believed Title IX
of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 was wrong.
"There is only one thing a girl can beat a boy doing,"
the 71-year-old retired school principal said. "That's
being a girl."
PAT to Dr. Benjamin Spock for rewriting his 1947
"Baby and Child Care" book (24 million copies have
been sold) to eliminate sexist language and to stress the
father's role in parenting. Baby is no longer "he" but
' 'they'', orsometimes Spock says, "Let's assume it's a
girl.'' He recommends that fathers spend 50 percent of
their time with the child when not at work.
PAN to Pas/ political cartoonist Bill Say lor for portraying-in caricature "militant women's lib" as a
woman in a battle tank shooting shells at a male who is
armed with stones and bricks. Caught in the middle of
the fire is a caricature housewife carrying an ERA
placard. (Saylor should be reminded that violence is
abhorrent to feminists.) Below Say lor's illustration
was a Harris survey on the growth of women's rights
PAN to the White House for pay ing its woman editor
of the daily White House news summary $ 12,000 a year
while her male predecessor received $26,000. Presidential counsel Philip Buchen asserted that the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 is "not applicable to the White