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University News, January 1982 - Page 4. January 1982. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 5, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4812/show/4809.

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Title University News, January 1982
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Transcript Friedan's New Book Dear Spokeswoman: Recently, the New York Times Magazine published a substantial excerpt from Betty Friedan's new book. The Second Stage, which "critiques feminism and calls for new directions/' I view much of what she wrote as an insult to most feminists, as matronizing and as too conciliatory to patriarchy and the so-called "moral majority" (which is neither). The New York Times Magazine did not choose to publish my letter to the editor, but I hope you will publish it in Spokeswoman. Wilma Scott Heide Editor's Note' Spokeswoman publishes the following letter because it clearly presents some of the limitations of Friedan s words, which are considered by many readers to be inaccurate and damaging : Editor New York Times Magazine 229 West 43rd St. New York, NY 10036 Dear Editor: Trris letter is for the Letters Section. Please publish. In Betty Friedan's recent critique of feminism and call for "new directions," I think she projects her own earlier relatively limited understanding of the implications of feminism onto the thousands of other feminists who have long understood what feminism portends. We always knew that "sexual politics" never meant man, meaning males per se or all males, were "the enemy" as she alleges. It was and is patriarchal values, androcentric practices, dominance of "masculine" principles over "feminine" principles and the in- * stitutionalized oppression and privatization of women in politics, education, religion, media, health care, family, just for openers. It was and is a male-oriented and dominated society that sanctions: rape of all kinds, pornography, women-beating, unequal economic opportunity and pay, sexist language, unshared child care, medical (patriarchal) models of so- called health care, religions where God is characterized as male and therefore the male is God, politics that characterizes "women's issues" as separate and unequal imrfpd nf Sen. Schmitz did lose the Chair, JAN. 1982 the accurate central integral human issues, compulsory heterosexuality and pregnancy (bedrocks of patriarchy). Betty should accurately use the word / (meaning B.F.) instead of we to characterize what she interprets as the "first stage." Betty is premature about the "second stage" because she almost implies that the "first stage" is accomplished. For hundreds of thousands of us, feminism always meant that what she calls the "second stage" was an integral prerequisite to feminist transformations. This means we insisted not only in changes in casts of characters in the world that is our home, but changes in scripts in employment, in law, in politics, in international affairs, in health care, in media, in art, in sexuality, in conflict resolution, in re-definitions as well as distributions of power. Finally, feminists have never eschewed families in the generic sense of social units and environments where people nurture ami are nurtured. We reject the white patriarchal model of family which oppresses women and children and represses the "feminine" potential of men (and oppression is not to be equated with repression). Most feminists: never saw women's liberation only as individual freedom to be and become, though that is vital; always realized feminism could liberate men from stereotyped limitations; and crucially realized feminism's imperative and potential to move beyond the terrors and destructions of patriarchy and androcentricity militarily and in all social institutions of society. We always knew "the personal is political and vice versa." Betty states that "men may be — must be — at the cutting edge" of what she calls the "second stage." Wrong. Men may share in the "cutting edge" of what are still the first and abiding stages but only on feminist terms that include the power of love, in the sense of caring about ourselves and others, exceeding the love of power. These are not "new directions," but continuing values transformations always affirmed and portended by feminism. I would like to hope that Betty and the men come to know this. Wilma Scott Heide Professor, Women's Studies and Innovative & Experimental Studies Sangamon State University Springfield, IL 62708 We think Betty Friedan's latest work, The Second Stage is controversial - here is one comment from NOW's third national President and founder of Pittsburgh NOW. It was published by SPOKESWOMAN November, 1981. There is also a lengthy review by Catharine Stimson in the December 1981 issue of Ms. Magazine. AGONIZE. No Comment According to a widely distributed "confidential memo" written by David N. O'Steen, DirecA tor of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, for consideration by key "prxAife" leaders, a two amendment strategy will ban abortion: "The two amendment strategy almost follows the old adage to 'walk softly and carry a big stick.' The first amendment, which is the key to destroying the abortion establishment, is phrased 'softly' and will be virtually impossible for the opposition to attack us{ng their 'stop HLA' game plan. By the time they have recovered from the disar ray this strategy will cast them into, we will be well on our way to passing protective legislation to literally put them out of business by destroying both their financial case /base?/and their place in American society. By contrast the HLB strategy may result in more headlines and controversy, but is very vulnerable to the pro-abortion courts and is likely to result in nothing for the children. "Further, the HLB strategy seems to be a diversion away from the amendment process and is likely to stop serious progress towards any constitutional amendment until it is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court." ORGANIZED! Statement attacks pro-abortionists dec. 1981 Comments could cost senator chairmanship SACRAMENTO, Calif. <UPI) - State Sen.-John Schmitz, R-Corona Del Mar, could be removed as chairman of bis Committee on Constitutional Amendments for his description of pro-abortion forces* as Jews and homosexuals. I Schmitz on Tuesday described recent committee hearings on his anti-abortion proposed constitution/:! amendment in a press release headlined, *'Senator Schmitz and his Committee Survive the 'Attack of the Bulldykes."' Senate President Pro Tern David Roberti, D-Los Angeles, said in a statement: "Sen. Schmltz's injection of religion and sexual orientation into his official statement on hearings of his Constitutional Amendments Committee is shocking and distressing. I will bring up the matter of bis continued tenure as chairman of that committee at the next regular meeting of the (Senate) Rules Committee." Roberti is chairman of the five-member rules panel, which approves all committee chairmanships. Schmitz is no stranger to controversy and extreme statements. He recently suggested that a military coup might be required to save the nation If President Reagan's policies fail. His Constitutional Amendments Committee held four hearings this month on the legislation proposed oy Schmitz, who is a leader of the John Birch Society and a hopeful for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate next year. "With the exception of the Calexico hearings — which were held in Catholic, and therefore somewhat civilized territory — the committee was greeted (at Fresno and San Diego) by pre-organized infestations of imported lesbians and anti-male and pro-abortion queer groups in San Francisco and other centers of decadence," Schmitz said. "At Los Angeles, the front rows of the state auditorium were filled with seas of hard, Jewish and (arguably) female faces whose general countenance reassured those of us on the Committee dias that had we somehow fallen from the stage we would have been devoured as so many carcasses thrown to the piranha. "At Los Angeles, the chairman was molested by a slick butch lawyeress, Gloria Allred, who threw a chastity belt at me in a crude propedeutic (sic) to the mass abortions which continue in California at a cost to the state taxpayers of over $100,000a day." Ms. Allred said: "It's the kind of statement I would expect to come from a Nazi. It's anti-semitic and anti-human rights throughout. It confirms my suspicions that Sen. Schmitz harbors these beliefs;" Ms. Allred mockingly gave Schmitz a chastity belt, she said, because the Schmitz measure would ban intrauterine devices and some other methods of birth control.