BODY cont. from p. 8
For Alethea Dollison, it's a
form of meditation, "a way of
Dollison has so far been more
a student of body work than a
practitioner and, living in the
suburbs with two children, she
said it is harder for the "customary clients" of such techniques
to visit. But she is slowly developing a clientele for polarity
Her particular interest at the
moment is reflexology, or foot
m massage which she has been study-
| ing for a year.
* Dollison, Kendrick and Hedden
o are all planning to go through
S an intensive pre-training and sel-
3 ection process here in January for
the Lomi school, headquartered
in Mill Valley, California. Only
two persons in Houston—Lasater
and Jeff Brinkley—are qualified|
Lomi associates currently.
Such training brings a higher
fee. Lasater takes 10 to 12 clients
per week at $35 per session at
her Marshall Street apartment.
(Like all body workers, she sometimes trades services for cash).
She also teaches yoga and does
one-to-one polarity balancing and
"It's a way to make my living
I really love," she said. The work
demands that she do yoga and
meditate regularly and in general
is "an incentive for me to do
things that make me feel good."
It is also fascinating, she said,
because "it's working deeply
with people, establishing a long-
lasting contact and seeing people
grow," which, given where she
was seven years ago, might justl
INSURANCE cont. from p. 3
same age, they must insure women, also. Likewise, companies cannot refuse to cover single or divorced persons when they offer
coverage to married persons.
Specific practices prohibited
under this section of the rules
f Denying coverage to females
gainfully employed at home, employed part-time or employed by
relatives when that coverage is
offered to males similarly employed.
'§ Denying policy riders to
females when they are available
to males. Riders are usually special kinds of coverage that are
added to policies.
fExcluding from prescription
drug benefits oral contraceptives
when all other prescription drugs
f Denying, under group policies, coverage to husbands of
female employees, when coverage
is available to wives of male
4 Denying disability income
policies to women when coverage
is available to men similarly
$ Denying maternity benefits
in individual policies when maternity benefits are available in family policies.
The new rules also affect policy terms and conditions. The
amount of benefits payable, or
any term, condition, or type of
coverage may not be restricted on
the basis of sex or marital status.
For example, an insurance
company cannot offer a female
telephone pole climber a disability
insurance policy which would pay
only $400 a month when it offers
a male telephone pole climber a
policy for $1,000 a month.
Specific practices prohibited
under this section include:
f Treating complications of
pregnancy differently from other
illnesses. Unfortunately, companies
can still treat normal pregnancy
differently, and even refuse to
cover it all.
~|) Restricting benefits based
soley on the genital organs of
f Applying arbitrary waiting
periods to maternity benefits in
such a way as to exclude coverage
for premature births - when normal maternity benefits are included in the policy.
However, the rules allow rates
to differ by sex or marital status
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when justifiable. This means that
women can still be charged more
for health insurance (and less for
life insurance) than men - if the
classification system used by
insurance companies is "reasonable". The same is true for mar-
rieds and unmarrieds.
Note that the rules will not go
into effect until January 1, 1978,
and will apply only to those pol -
cies issued after January 1, 1978.
Women who find their current insurance policies violating any of
the provisions listed here cannot
force their companies to comply.
But after January 1, they can
drop their policies and purchase
new ones which would have to
comply to the new rules.
Women suspecting a company
of discriminatory practices should
report the practices to the State
BQard of Insurance, 1110 San
Jacinto, Austin, Texas 78786. The
staff of the Board can investigate
the complaint, and, if the company is found not in compliance,
its license to do business in Texas
can be revoked.
Houston is not exactly the Hollywood of Texas and so it is unusual that!
Cheryl Markowitz, a Houston actress, should be found and cast in]
French director Louis Malle's soon to be released film, Pretty Baby
The film is based on the Storyville women, New Orleans prostitutes]
who were secretly photographed by E. J. Bellocq in the early 1900's.I
The collection of more than 100 plates was discovered in a desk drawer]
after his death in 1949. Although Bellocq was regarded as no more than
a competent commercial photographer, one well known film historian
notes that the photos have a "sense of leisure that identify them as
work done for love." Markowitz plays the role of the woman in the
one-piece body stocking (See above photo, circa 1912).
The Houston actress is currently appearing in a black comedy,
Charlie's Ear, written and directed by Gary Chason, also a Houstonian.
It is playing at the Equinox, a Houston community theater, through
September 17. In her words, "I play the role of a dowdy housewife'
Markowitz plans to try out for other movies and wants to be particu
lar about her roles. "I'm interested in dramatic and comedy roles, but
no Farrah Fawcett Majors roles."
"I found Pretty Baby to be a great learning experience. After being
around the screen writers, casting director, professional actors and
other technical people, I got the urge to one day have my own production company." Melissa Noble
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