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Houston Breakthrough, October 1976 - Page 11. October 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 25, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3590/show/3580.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, October 1976
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date October 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 8
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Transcript Dead Pans Lawmakers look at wife beating BY MIKE ROYKO r 1976, Chicago Daily News I RECOGNIZE that we have a critical shortage of new social problems It's our own fault. During the 1960s we went through them as if they were inexhaustible, being shocked, doing studies, enacting laws and making even the mildest form of misery illegal. But have we become so desperate for a juicy new problem that we are now ready to accept that wife beating is everybody's problem, something that society as a whole must brood about0 I had always believed that when a man beat his wife it was something they must work out themselves, with the help of a cop. a judge, relatives and a couple of divorce lawyers. But apparently that's not enough. An Illinois commission has just finished holding hearings, during which experts tossed around all kinds of shocking statistics to prove that women are on the verge of being rendered extinct by ham-fisted males. They told horror stories about women who get punched more often than a time clock. Everybody is doing it. they said, from wealthy professional men down to the lowest menial. And so the experts want laws that will provide new penalties for husbands who thump wives, public shelters to be established for women who flee, public funds to be used to compensate wives for their suffering, and greater compassion and concern by cops, judges you and me Now. 1 suppose, the commission will rush back to Springfield to create now laws, set up a new state agency to enforce them, allocate funds, and otherwise let their social conscience run amuck. However, the most shocking fact to emerge from these hearing seems to have been overlooked And if it wasn't. 1 don't know what could be done about it anyway. And that is the amazing number of really dumb women there are in our society, if the experts' testimony is to be believed. For example, somebody from the National Organization for Women said that in half of all household murder cases, the police had been called at least five times in the past. This statistic was meant to show us that somehow society has failed to protect these women despite repeated danger signals. But what I fir>d remarkable about that statistic is that the women apparently couldn't take a hint. You would think that after the fifth time the police had to be called to protect them from a domestic caveman they might have begun to suspect that the marriage was in trouble If somebody pounded on my head so much that I had to call the cops five different times. I don't think I would want to make breakfast for him again. One expert told about a woman who was regularly beaten for several years. The husband would chase her with a knife and she would roll hershelf up in a rug to avoid being wounded The experts explained that women en dure the abuse because they can't net jobs, or they have no place to go. or their religion forbids divorce, and so on Well, nobody has ever promised that divorce is a rose garden. And maybe being a waitress in a truck stop isn't the best job in the world, but it beats rolling up in a carpet If a women's religion forbids divorce, there isn't much society can do to protect her. If she prefers being punchy in this life in hopes of an unmarked face in the next, that's her choice. Maybe members of a congregation should demand that the church provide karate lessons to wives or the women might get drunk and beat up the clergyman now and then to show him what they endure to please God. Some charge that the police don't take wife beating seriously enough. That may be true, but I'm not sure it is their fault. After a cop is called by the same woman a dozen times, he begins wondering if she is taking her own welts and bruises seriously. If so. what's she still doing living with that lunk? And if you spend any time in the police courts, you will see a familiar scene repeated over and over again. There she is. in the house dress, with the black eye or swollen lip and the story of how he came lurching in after spending half the paycheck and pow. And there he is, with his hangover red eyes, his jailhouse stubble and a Neanderthal frown on his face. The judge asks what she wants done? Should he toss the beast m jail? Give the word "Meo." she says, "he'll lose his job. Just make him promise not to do it again." So off they go: to rest before the next round Before we are stuck with any new laws ^\\u\ new agencies, the state commission should remember you have to give divorce a chance to work Or. as a poet said: "Love means not having to say: Don't kill me ' v Appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Sept. 28, 1976 Submitted by Beth Kendrick and Alice Rickel, Houston Chapter, National Organization Against Sexism in the Media.