Ideas and images of woman's masochism, the secret
desire of women to be raped and brutalized, are abhorrent
to all women.
No woman craves humiliation, degradation and violation of her bodily integrity. Author Susan Brownmiller
emphasizes in her book Against Our Will that it is against
Yet the Rolling Stones capitalized on that myth with
their album "Black and Blue" and their mad money men
at Atlantic Records promoted and exploited an image of a
smiling, bound and beaten woman.
"Can you imagine seeing a billboard," asked a self-
defense instructor and director of a rape crisis program in
California, "where the Stones, partly-clothed and spread-
eagled, have their testicles and body tied with rope?"
Betty Brooks, who recommended the role reversal,
also suggested that the Stones do a benefit concert with
proceeds to rape crisis centers and to victims of rapes and
beatings "as a sign of care and concern for women."
The Los Angeles members of a coalition group called
Women Against Violence Against Women and "their coordinator, Julia London, are real heroes to us in other
parts of the country. Through their well-organized efforts
they stopped the Stones' billboard campaign from going
any further. WAVAW organized so successful a national
boycott against the "Black and Blue" album that the
Stones' canceled their U.S. tour.
Another hero to us all is the unknown California
woman who climbed on top of a Sunset Strip roof in the
middle of the night to deface the billboard, writing "This
is a Crime Against Women."
The campaign against the Rolling Stones is the second
major success for the new WAVAW group in California.
In March, WAVAW took on Snuff, a film which depicted the sexual assault, mutilation, murder and dismemberment of a woman. The advertising carried a racist slogan, "The film that could only be made in South America
where life is cheap," saying, in effect, that the lives of non-
whites, particularly women, are less valuable and more
available for exploitation.
The film opened in twenty theaters in Southern
California and closed in less than a week, again because of
the strong and well-organized efforts of WAVAW to bring
the issue of porn-violence to the attention of the film-
going public. Their main point was that every person who
pays to see this film is supporting violence against women.
Another group called "Women Outraged by Snuff"
sabotaged four theaters in Los Angeles during the shortlived run. They hurled bricks and broke lobby and box office windows. Attached to the bricks was a political statement which read:
"We will not allow male film pimps to make money
selling dismemberment and murder of women. We will not
allow women's blood to be shed in the name of entertainment. We are outraged by this barbarism. Shut down
Snuff or we'll do it our way."
Like Brownmiller, we believe that porn-violence
should be legally banned because "it is the undiluted essence of anti-female propaganda."
We are not calling for censorship, but for accountability. We hold the media responsible for participating in the
degradation of women and for perpetuating attitudes
which tolerate the brutalization of women.
Art— Charley Kubricht-Fore, Mark Stinson
Advertising— Ailene English, Nancy Landau, Mary-k
Circulation— Nancy Kern, Cathy Snygg, Mary-k Wilson
Design/Production- Ampersand, Incorporated
Editors-Writers— Jim Asker , Marjory Barnhart, Gertrude
Barnstone, Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Jeanne
Gibbons, Barbara Hugetz
Feature Writers— Jan Cunningham, Patti O'Kane
Photography— Amos Barrow, Marilyn Jones
Typesetting— Barbara Hugetz
Gertrude Barnstone, Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff
Vol. 1, No.. 7, August 1976. Houston Breakthrough is published
monthly (with the exception of the June-July and the December-
January issues) by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1915-B
Wentworth, Houston, Texas 77004, P.O. Box 88072, Houston,
Texas 77004. Telephone (713) 526-6686. Subscriptions $5.00 a
year. Newsstand 50 cents per copy. This publication is on file
at the International Women's History Archive, in the Special Collections Library, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60201.
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letters to breakthrough
I've just moved to Houston
and would like to have the name
of a feminist-recommended gynecologist. Does any woman's
group in Houston have a medical
Editor's note: The newly-
formed Houston Women's
Health Collective is circulating a
questionnaire specifically on gynecologists and obstetricians.
Breakthrough is reprinting the
questionnaire and hopes that
every woman reader clips it out
and sends it to the Health Collective so that we may have an
up-dated referral service. In the
meantime, you may call the Collective at 523-9317.
I have Nancy R. Smith's
poem "A Man For Every Woman" (Breakthrough, June-July)
on my office wall where I work.
I've also xeroxed copies for
other men I know.
Somehow this poem made
me realize what the whole women's movement is about-l
don't feel so excluded now. It's
really human liberation-why not
call it that?
Editor's note: We do.
It is becoming rapidly apparent by now that the more
conspicuous feminist demonstrations and public confrontations
are subsiding. To those who depend on the mass media for their
opinions, it might appear that
those "nasty, noisy libbers" have
sweetly retreated, back to the
"good life" of Pillsbury Bake-
off s and such.
But we know better. We are
digging in for the long battle, the
battle that's been fought since
way before our grandmothers
were born. Instead of flailing a-
way at symptoms now, we are
starting to take the initiative, to
methodically dismantle, piece by
piece, the sources of our second-
One of our major obstacles
is money-the lack thereof. Toward the goal of building stronger economic bases, women are
starting their own businesses and
making special efforts to seek
out women consumers and providers to find each other.
I'm putting together a
Guide to Women's Businesses in
Houston. We hope to publish
in the fall, and hope to include
listing from many Breakthrough
readers (see form this issue).
Also, I'm glad to see Breakthrough starting a monthly ad
vertising listing for women's
I hope both of these projects, each in its own way, can
help the women of our community take control of our own
I thought your coverage of
the UT Nursing School plight
was excellent since you not only
spotlighted the current situation,
but successfully identified the
relationship between the action
of the regents and the attitude
of doctors towards nurses (i.e.
refusal to acknowledge them as
The preposterous arrogance
revealed in Dr. Berry's statement
"I do not believe in higher education for nurses" makes it hard
to believe he was exposed to any
I have a B.S. in Nursing and
worked long enough to have
been fully aware of the power
struggles nurses always seem to
I hope we don't lose this
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