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Breakthrough, February 1976 - Page 2. February 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 7, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5266/show/5251.

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Title Breakthrough, February 1976
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 2
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Newsletters
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
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Transcript Editorials Pappy flunks test Sexism is the only form of bigotry treated as good, clean fun in our society. This was again made painfully evident in an incident at the first news conference held by B. G. "Pappy" Bond last month following his confirmation as police chief. The following exchange took place between Bond and KPRC-TV reporter Carole Kneeland. Kneeland: "The most recent class of police cadets that started on Monday had no women in it And the number of women entering the force has steadily declined since they instituted the physical agility test and made the height requirement 5' 6". Do you have an intention of changing the physical agility and height requirements at all?'9 Bond: "No, I don't But, as you well know, I appreciate women because I've appreciated you, personally, for a good many years. And, it's uh, uh, it's been a pleasure talking to you." (Laughter from male reporters in the room.) Kneeland: "Some of the women who complain about the agility test have complained to me that they don't think that many of the men in the police department could pass that test if they were given it right now. They say it is not really relevant for that reason...that they don't have to be able to do it." Bond: "Well, there's a point there. I think that's a preliminary step. That's a pre-employment test. I'm sure as beautiful as you are, you wouldn't expect some of the executives in the police department to leap tall buildings in a single bounce. (Laughter from male reporters in the room.) As years pass, your eyesight dims and arthritis develops and, uh, it's just such a pleasure talking with you because.." (Interrupted by laughter from male reporters in the room.) Kneeland: "Do you think most of the men in the police department could pass that test if they were given it now?" Bond: "Well, let me tell you. I don't want to be defensive about the Houston Police Department. I just want to be defensive. I believe members of the Houston Police Department can do anything they really want to do. And they've proven this many times in the past." A male reporter: "Thank you." End of press conference. There was only one other woman reporter in the roomful of male reporters. No one spoke up to either demand a serious answer to a serious question or to decry the exchange between a respected colleague and a civil servant. Only two radio stations aired the exchange-one station opening with something like, "Okay, feminists. This is a story you're not going to like." KPRC-TV, Kneeland's own station, didn't report on it because the " important" story, the one she went to cover and film, was on the wiretap issue. No one in city government spoke out. No apology came from the chief's office. The incident was never reported in the press at all. As feminists, we deplore bigotry in all forms. We are not in a contest to measure who in this society is the most discriminated against but, surely, had the same exchange taken place between a member of a racial, religious, or ethnic minority and had the humor been ethnic or racist, for example, instead of sexist, we are certain the incident would have been widely reported in the media, protests would have been heard from public officials and the community, and appropriate public apologies made. There has either been a "cover up" to protect the image of the new police chief or, more likely, no one in the male media or among the male public officials recognized how humorless and offensive Bond's sexist remarks were not only to reporter Kneeland - but to all women. Letters to the editor The Breakthrough crew can take tremendous pride in doing a job that needed to be done and doing it well. I read every article with my own sense of pride that Houston women had the great good sense and gumption to publish such a paper. Good for all of you! KAREY BRESENHAN The paper is excellent (more professional than either the Post or the Chronicle and should be an effective educational news forum for feminism in Houston. The major newspapers seem a form of entertainment more than anything else. Your sense of purpose is very powerful, and the justice of your cause is apparent. CRAIG TUCKER I congratulate you on Breakthrough. It is a professional job through and through. I look forward to receiving February's copy. RICHARD WEST SENIOR EDITOR TEXAS MONTHLY I received a complimentary issue of Breakthrough in Dayton, Ohio. One frequently feels isolated trom creative and alternative thinking. Breakthrough will fill a void in my feminist awareness. As a legal aid attorney, whose clients are mainly women, I am continuously looking to the feminist press for consciousness raising. Your lead article on John Paul Stevens' appointment to the Supreme Court - despite his anti- feminist attitudes -was enlightening and appalling. To my knowledge, the NOW testimony was not reported in any major publication. My only regret is that such thorough research by feminist legal workers is not reprinted by the establishment press. Hopefully, with your continuous reporting of "women's issues" and their national importance, the women's movement will finally be taken as a serious civil rights struggle affecting all of our lives. DANIEL WILSON, ESQ. I like your "Recipe for an Oil Change," but it did not solve what may be the major obstacle to changing one's oil: how to dispose of dirty oil in a safe and environmentally salubrious way. NANCY KERN Jan Tarver, the mechanic who writes the series, says most service stations and auto centers have an underground tank to store used oil. You can take it there. This oil is picked up by an oil company, refined, and later sold under the refined oil label. Editors Congratulations on a magnificent first issue. As feminist lawyers we are very pleased to see a newspaper of this sort break down another barrier to women's progress. LIBERTE, EGALITE, SORORITE! GERHARDT & O'KANE JOANNGERHARDT PATRICIA ANNE O'KANE PAMELA STOCKTON We thank our readers and subscribers for their letters of support. We regret we could not publish all of them. Editors. STAFF Breakthrough Art - Charley Kubricht-Fore Advertising - Rita Highsmith Business - Juneau Shepherd, Olga Soliz Circulation - Leigh Hollyer, Leslie Larson, Lucy Moyer Copy - Leslie Larson, Lucy Moyer, Peter Young, Chris Wycliff Editors - Writers - Gertrude Barnstone, Janice Blue, Rhonda Griffin-Boone, Gay Cosgriff, Jan Cunningham, Kathryn Hooker, Adelaide Moorman, Alice Rickel Photography - Lily Barnstone, Marilyn Jones Production - Rhonda Griffin-Boone EDITORIAL BOARD Gertrude Barnstone, Janice Blue, Rhonda Griffin-Boone, Gay Cosgriff, Charley Kubricht-Fore Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1976. Breakthrough is published monthly by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1708 Rosewood Street, Houston, Texas 77004, P. O. Box 8346, Houston, Tex. 77004. Telephone 526-6686. Subscriptions $5.00 a year. Newsstand 50 cents per copy. This publication is on file at the International Women's History Archive, 2325 Oak Street, Berkelev, Calif. 94708.