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Houston Breakthrough 1977-02 - Page 11. February 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4451/show/4440.

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(February 1977). Houston Breakthrough 1977-02 - Page 11. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4451/show/4440

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1977-02
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1977
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Transcript Pats and Pans Gabrielle Cosgriff Editor Photographer opens PANdora's box. Wally Athey, chief photographer at Channel 11, teaches an advanced television production class on the UH campus. In a discussion and demonstration on film vs. videotape, Athey told the class that, because of the new electronic gear, he didn't feel he could hire a woman photographer — the equipment was too heavy. The women in the class, who were furious with Athey, immediately picked up the equipment. Judd Mcllvain, Channel 11 news reporter, was present and he agreed with the women, leaving Athey without a leg, or a tripod, to stand on. PAT the women and Mcllvain. Different strokes. The Harvard women's rowing crew was getting tired of having to travel for 30 minutes to shower after practice, while the men had facilities right there. So the 13 member team marched into their head coach's office, took off their sweatsuits and stood there naked. On their chests, in blue, they had painted 'Title IX' and 'These are the bodies you are discriminating against'. PAT the women for pulling together. A New Jersey state judge has ruled that under state law a man cannot be charged with raping his wife. Judge Nicholas Scalera dismissed a rape indictment against a man who was charged with breaking into his wife's home and raping her. Scalera said a husband can force sex upon his wife unless there is a judicial order for separation or divorce. The couple were living apart but were not legally separated. The judge grosses a PAN. Channel 2 and radio station KLVL-AM (1480) have just begun a simulcast of Channel 2's late evening news. Viewers can watch the 10 p.m. news Monday through Friday on Channel 2, while listening to a complete Spanish translation on KLVL. A simulPAT to both stations for responding to community needs. PAN the practice by the local media (everyone seems to be doing it) of reporting the race of suspected criminals: "Police are looking for two Black men in a late model car" or "a Mexican-American male in a red pick-up is being sought by police." Really — is this any more effective in crime detection than saying "a thin man" or "a man in a grey flannel suit" is on the loose? ABC's News Closeup on ERA: The War Between the Women, aired on Jan. 22. Janis Parks, Houston Post reporter, had a phone conversation with the producer-writer, Stephen Fleischman. He and Howard K. Smith, the commentator, were the only two men working on the show. Fleischman's boss is Marlene Sanders, Vice President and director of TV documentaries for ABC. The film editor and assistant film editor were women. The program focused on Liz Carpenter, co-chair of ERAmerica, and Phyllis Schlafly, who leads the STOP ERA forces. In his commentary, Smith comes out in favor of the ERA, feeling that its proponents' arguments were the stronger. Fleischman says he started the project knowing very little about the issues, but he now feels 'the basic issue is simply that women were left out of the Constitution and the ERA would rectify the situation'. A PAT to all concerned. City stalls on pay toilets. Airport toilets are not worth ten cents, according to Women's Advocate Nikki Van Hightower. In a letter to the city's aviation department, Van Hightower claimed that all but one of the women's toilets at Houston Intercontinental Airport are pay toilets, whereas she was told there are no pay toilets in the men's restrooms. City Council is awaiting an ordinance from its legal department to finalize a decree banning pay toilets in public buildings. Final action had been delayed by the illness of one of the assistant city attorneys. Port-a-PAN to the city for this continuing drain on women's resources. CBS rates a PAT for pulling out of negotiations between the networks and Russia for rights to film the 1980 Olympic Games from Moscow. The USSR is asking $100 million for the US TV rights, four times what was paid for rights to the 1976 Games in Montreal. PAN pokey Governor Dolph Briscoe, who took over six months to schedule a meeting requested by Mexico's consul in Austin, Jose Najera-Gonzalez. The consul began trying to pay a courtesy call on the governor last June, but Briscoe could never find time to work him in. Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . . Ring up a PAT to Rosalynn Carter, who placed a personal phone call to Senator Wayne Townsend of Indiana, urging him to vote for ratification of the ERA. (It passed 26-24.) Michal Alaniz, president of UFo (University Feminist Organization) at UH, sent a congratulatory telegram to Townsend, and UFO is planning to send money to Nevada to help in the fight for ratification there. The Nevada Senate is split 10-10 at this time. A high-flying PAT to UFO. PAT the quarterback. Broadway Joe Namath (may his pantyhose never wrinkle) has established a $50,000 scholarship fund for women athletes of his alma mater, the University of Alabama. He was inspired by three widowed sisters, all former teachers, who helped him and many other kids. We asked for women in prime-time roles on evening television and they gave us Charley's Angels. An ABC promo for the sleuths of the seventies shows a PAN of Farrah Fawcett's legs with the voice-over "The girls that do it — for Charley." After a lot of flashy cutaways and close-ups of Charley's "girls" running "harem scare 'em," the voice-over ends with "A beautiful solution to any crime — Charley's Angels." PAT the Italian Chamber of Deputies, which has overturned that country's 47-year-old total ban on abortions and has given Italy one of Europe's most liberal abortion laws. It gives the woman the final decision during the first 90 days of pregnancy. Public hospitals and clinics will provide free abortions. The bill goes next to the Senate, where pro-abortionists also have a majority. Meanwhile, back at the Vatican . . . (see DeadPAN) Marriage license? Julio Elias was arrested for beating up his wife Elvia with a kitchen chair, a screwdriver, a bicycle wheel "and anything else he could get his hands on." "What's wrong?" asked the father of seven, "She's my wife." He found out what was wrong when the judge last week sentenced him to three years in prison. Mrs. Elias had been hospitalized at least three times since 1972 as a result of her husband's beatings. In 1972, the attack was so severe it resulted in the miscarriage of an 8-month-old fetus. Her attorney, Rioghan Kirchner, said that of the last 800 women to come into her Brooklyn legal service office, 54 percent had been beaten up by their husbands. A PAN is too inadequate for the brutal Elias. Karen Irving of Austin was walking in a neighborhood frequented by prostitutes when one of four men in a car waved at her. Offended by his "wanting a trick" as she interpreted the wave, she shot them the finger. This so outraged the quartet (who turned out to be plain-clothes officers) that, with no regard for their personal safety, they arrested her for inciting a breach of the peace. It took three hours of testimony before the judge declared her innocent. A fistful of PANs to the officers involved for their heavy handed behavior. The Franklin Mint is touting a series of 'twelve original pewter figures inspired by the men and women of every region who shaped our nation's heritage'. Super. Except that out of the whole bunch only two are female and they are (give you two guesses) the 'schoolmarm' and the 'farmer's wife'. PAN the Franklin Mint for showing its base mettle by selling sexist molds. Charlotte Moser, art critic for the Houston Chronicle, draws a PAT for her article on Houston's women artists in the February issue of Ms. She says that many of the city's most prominent artists are women, and that nearly half the shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum in the past two years have been one-woman shows. In 1972, Roxcy Bolton, a Miami feminist, called on the National Weather Service to stop naming hurricanes after women. Since, Australia, which has given women's names to cyclones since the 1880's, has switched to half male, half female. But the US will continue to name hurricanes after women in 1977, because, according to the NWS, 'there hasn't really been enough pressure for a change'. Oh yes, the names, from Anita to Willene this year, are selected by an all-male PANel. Channel 2's Katherine Colvert, along with other news reporters, covered Dr. Nikki Van Hightower's State of the Women address last month. But Colvert carried it one step further. She also did a story (for the same newscast) on women employed by the county. And guess what? They're discriminated against. Colvert rates a PAT for her initiative. Rita Reutter, who is running for homecoming queen at Florida Technological University, is breaking a few stereotypes in the process. She is 58 years old, a grandmother 14 times, and has just gone back to school after dropping out 34 years ago. "You can have a cutie-pie any time," says Reutter, "let's try something different. I feel if I become homecoming queen, it would show that FTU gives everybody a chance." Her candidacy is sponsored by the student government cabinet. Reutter rates a PAT. Page 10 • February 1977 • Houston Breakthrough