Editor, Gabrielle Cosgriff
. For local TV coverage of the recent hurricane, a bouquet of PANsies to Ch 11 News,
where Steve Smith and Alexis South had a lot of
fun one evening with Anita and her antics.
(Smith did have one memorable line, though,
when he spoke of "areas that have sunk because
of the subsidence.") When one woman telephoned Tom Kenny, Ch ll's program director,
to complain of the trivializing of a potentially
dangerous situation, he hung up on her. PAN
his hide.. So much for responsiveness to the
public. Lynn Ashby, Houston Post humorist,
rates a rare PAT for his column on the helplessness we feel when faced by the threat of a hurricane—he did not personify and was not cute.
And ring out a PAT to Jim Bell, KTRH
show host, who said that a force of nature
should not be personified as a woman and defended his stand against several callers. Jim
Maloney of the Post wins our "Writers of the
Purple Page" PAN for an article on previous
hurricanes (see DeadPANS). Jane Ely and Carol
Barnes of the Post earn a dishonorable mention
for "Anita .. . teased and threatened" and "the
soul-wrenching thrusts (?) of hurricanes Carla
and Beulah." But the one who really takes the
cake, make that PANcake, is Shane Fox of
KTRH Radio, for his comment that Anita was
"plying her trade" in the Gulf of Mexico.
Next thing we know they'll be calling them
Stop the presses! Take back that Lynn Ashby
PAT immediately. He's up to his old hanky-
PANky again. In Tor Men Only' (Sept 9) he displayed his usual knee-jerk reaction to any mention of women and money in the same sentence.
(Remember his column on the women's advocate salary?) Commenting on the fact that the
$5 million appropriated for the IWY Conference
may not be enough, he repeats his tired old formula of reverse discrimination by planning a
men's conference. (The only women present
would be for 'companionship'.) But take solace,
time wounds all heels.
A PAT for a latter-day Robin Hood: Stenographer Tuesday Hood of New York got an offer
of matrimony from a man named Robin Friday
but she didn't want to be known as Tuesday
Friday so Friday agreed to take Tuesday's
last name in marriage so that her name would
remain Tuesday Hood and now Robin Friday
is known as Robin Hood. (ZNS) We never told
you life would be easy.
A high-flying PAT to Barbara Bauer and
Sherri Beaty of American Airlines, co-founders
of HOW (Hands Off Women). This organization
gives practical advice to female flight attendants
on their safety, not in the air, but on the
ground, where they are prime targets for muggers and rapists, since they are often alone at
night in parking lots, hotel elevators, etc.
Bauer claims there is a definite image problem
for flight attendants in uniform, and they are
often looked on as easy pickings. (Does "Fly
me" and "We really move our tail for you" ring
a bell?) The two women, guests on the Today
Show recently, said "We don't come with the
cost of the ticket."
This month's Male Chauvinist PigPAN award
(with poison-oak leaf cluster) goes to the VFW
who, on August 25,voted down membership for
women veterans who served overseas. "Keep
this a fighting men's outfit," they shouted, as
only a few of the 8,000 delegates voted to include women. A PAT to Cooper T. Holt, chief
VFW lobbyist in Washington, who led the fight
for the change.
Ida Morris, our Laguna Vista correspondent,
sent us a copy of a letter she wrote to Edwin
Newman of NBC, thanking him for the following from 'A Civil Tongue': "No child goes
home after school and tells her mother that
during a module in the learning station that day
the enabler emitted a reinforcer in her direction." Says Morris, "This single gesture on your
part, I am sure, has further enhanced your
'positive image image' to thousands of women."
State Rep. Lance Lalor deserves a PAT for
his letter to the Texas Aeronautics Commission
on the "outrageous, insensitive and deliberately
inflammatory" article in Soutwest Airline's
in-flight magazine (see DeadPANS). Says Lalor
"I believe that common carriers such as airlines
which benefit from state efforts to protect,
promote and develop their business activities
have a special obligation to refrain from encouraging ethnic, racial and sexual prejudices ... I
do not believe the TAC can or should attempt
to censor airline publications. I do, however,
think companies which exist solely at the sufferance of the state should be encouraged to be
more sensitive to the feelings of their
customers." Thanks, Lance, a lot.
Call me a chauvinist, call me prejudiced, but call me honest. There is no
way, my friends, that the girls' programs in our state will ever be on the
same level with boys' sports.
You're never going to see 40,000
screaming fans in Memorial Stadium
viewing a distaff football game. For
some reason, a 118-pound breakaway
back, tearing through a hole opened by
a 135-pound weakside guard doesn't
turn me on.
And you'll never see a college scout
drooling over a 6'11" chickadee the
same way they fell off their chairs
watching Gilbert Salinas of San Antonio Burbank this year.
If I'm a chauvinist pig, then I'll
admit it. But the first time I agree to
buy a ticket to see a braless playmaker
lead a fast break, and miss a chance to
see George Gervin complete a one-on-
one slam-dunk, then my fellow sports
fans, you can read my sports commentary in Fashion magazine.
Excerpted from Gary DeLaune's 'Sports
.Scene' column. Submitted by Brenda ,
Post's PAN torn headliner strikes again! An
AP article in the Houston Post (August 25)
told of increasing militancy among southern ,
Europe's feminists. It was a responsible, well-
written article.. A pity we can't say the same for
the headline, all six columns of it, which read
"Women's lib grows across conservative south
Europe." The Post's summary of the article,
'Telling it briefly,' began: "Women's lib . . ."
Interestingly enough, that term did not appear
once in the'article, which made reference only
to "feminists" and "the women's movement."
Stop us if you've heard this one: Women in
TV sitcoms tend to be subordinate to the men
in their lives; there are not enough women and
minority reporters on either local or network
news broadcasts and, while women and minorities can find work in television, they are seldom hired to make important decisions. These
are some of the findings in "Window Dressing
on the Set," a report released by the U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights. It charges the U.S.
TV industry with racism and sexism—both in
employment practices and in network shows—
and urges the FCC to begin a public enquiry
into these areas. It also recommends that
Congress extend to the FCC authority to regulate the networks. Commission a PAT to the
report which parallels on the national level
what Breakthrough found to be true locally
("Women in Broadcasting," BIT, May, 1977).
The pitter PAT of 7,200 feet: A crosscountry torch relay is scheduled to begin in mid-
September in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and end in
Houston November 18 to open the National
Women's Conference. As many as 3,600 runners
will participate, with each one running approximately a mile. Anyone interested in helping
organize the relay or being a runner contact
Pat Kery, D IWY, U.S. Dept. of State, Washington, D.C. 20520. Sign up. You'll be a shoe-in.
Texas Monthly, uncontested PAN champion
for its sexist covers, may be in danger of reversing that trend with its September cover on the
Houston Police Department, "New Gang In
Town: What Happens When Cops Run Wild?"
It is a gripping tableau of Hell's Angels type
cops and makes a stunning imPAcT. Tom Curtis
cops a PAT for his accompanying story
"Support your local police (or else)," a searing
catalogue of recent violent police incidents
which poses the question "Are the Houston
police out of control?" Says Curtis "Police brutality isn't limited to Houston, of course. But
the sheer volume of incidents, the apparent
and the almost total absence of civilian control
does appear unique among American cities."
Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist, says
she normally chooses to spend Aug. 26 quietly
chained to the White House gates in her suffragette outfit. But, to celebrate Women's Equality
Day this year, she offers the first annual Life
Isn't Fair awards to assorted sexists and others.
Here are a few of them. Her "Dr. Jekyll Look-
Alike" award went to Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.)
whose anti-abortion amendment supports the
notion that we should save the fetus and throw
away the mother. The "Blame the Victim"
award goes to Wisconsin judge Archie Simonson,
who said that a 14-year-old boy was only "reacting normally" when he raped a 15-year-old
girl in school. (Update: Last week the boy was
sent to a juvenile home for stealing a bicycle.)
The "Archie Simonson She Was Asking For It"
award goes to the California Court of Appeals
that found the rapist of a stranded hitchhiker
not guilty because "It would not be unreasonable for a man in the position of the defendant
here to believe that the female would consent
to sexual relations." The "Acute Pregnaphobia"
award, complete with a home-testing kit, goes
to Dr. James Sammons of the American Medical
Association for his sensitivity to women's fears.
He came out in favor of hysterectomies as a
cure for hysteria. Award a PAT to Goodman.
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