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Pointblank Times 1975-10 - Page 1. October 1975. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3515/show/3504.

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Title Pointblank Times 1975-10
Date October 1975
Description Vol. 1 No. 7
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  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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Transcript Ill poirrtblank times I y , I a lesbian/feminist publication Vol. I No. 7 October, 11 1975 Houston, Texas 05* PHALLIC SUPREMACY: THE MEDIA MESSAGE While reading last night's paper, I was struck by a recurrent pattern which ran through three of the news reports in the first section. The accounts were not connected by the paper itself, but they meshed in my mind as yet another revelation of the appalling masculist double standard and cult of phallic supremacy in this society. The first was a report from the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Georgia dealing with three male gorillas introduced for breeding to four females. Calabar, one of the males, as the AP wire service put it in good patriarchal terms, "immediately established his supremacy." In retaliation, three of the females cornered and thoroughly thrashed him. According to the story, "The females apparently had an alliance to resist male dominance and Calabar (a researcher reported) was too inexperienced to prevent it." As Dr. Ron Nadler explained in an attempt to save face for the beaten gorilla, "I don't believe a gorilla raised in the wild would let himself get caught in a situation as Calabar did." The comments stopped me cold. Once again, we see pseudo-science at work, drawing conclusions on the basis of the supposed naturalness of male dominance over the female. This argument from nature is a perversion perpetually with us, from Darwin to Morris1 The Naked Ape and Tiger's Male Bonding. Why must we live with the misinterpreted assumption that the female animal is naturally submissive and the male is naturally in control? Why must the human double standard be applied to interpretations of nature? If we are to argue from nature, then surely we should consider the elephant kingdom where the herds are matriarchies and the useless males are driven away after performing their mating functions. Or take the lion kingdom. The King of Beasts is hardly king at all; he is tolerated by the lionesses only at their whim. When they tire of him, they drive him from the pride. And even the male's insistent use of the anthropoid analogy breaks down. Why is it that rape and indiscriminate murder are male human characteristics, but do not exist in the anthropoid kingdom? I am weary of "scientists" using selective evidence from the animal world to prove the validity of phallic supremacy in this mendacious culture. Two pages later I encountered another story which bears a distinct resemblance to the saga of the gorillas. In Florida, a rapist forced his way into a woman's car, armed with a razor which he held to her throat. During the struggle, he cut the woman badly before raping her. (She required 22 stitches.) Because she was able to identify her assailant and continued on page 10