Fatherless children and husband-
less mothers have always been classified into a special niche in American
society -- illegitimate children to
be pitied and their mothers to be
scorned. Although this is not always so today, the change in attitude
is agonizingly slow.
Two recent books deal with this
subject, but through extremely opposite points of view. Although one
will make you laugh and the other
make you cry, they are not to be
MOM, THE WOLFMAN AND ME. By Norma
Klein, Pantheon Books (ages 10 to
"They have to have been married,"
she said, "You couldn't have been
Eleven year old Brett has no
trouble setting her friend straight.
She is a matter-of-fact, unselfcon-
scious child who refuses to consider
herself pitiable. In truth, Brett
feels kind of sorry for everyone
else -- for her friends who have
regular parents, her neighbor whose
divorced mother spends all her time
desperately seeking another husband
and for all children who must endure
a set bedtime, an organized meal or
a patronizing attitude.
When Theo (a bearded bear of a man
who Brett dubs the Wolf Man) enters
her mom's life, Brett fears the
worst -- marriage. Brett likes her
life just as it is. And through her
eye of perception, we share the
tension of the novel: will Mom and
Theo go the the way of all flesh —
from love to marriage to baby
LOVECHILD, By Mary Hanes, Lippin-
In this candid and absorbing
account of unwed motherhood, Mary
Hanes suddenly finds that love for
her newborn son does not come easily.
The men in Mary's life seem to
intensify her self-absorption, "There
was no one I cared about at all, when
you got right down to the warm-in-
At the last minute, she is rescued from her alienation (somewhat
melodramatically) by a consciousness-
raising women's group. Mary welcomes
"the great rush of first self-love,
an exhilarating, powerful joy. . .
God damn it, I was a human being."
Mary at last finds herself falling
in love. Although still somewhat
confused, the outlook is promising.
The story of hate and prejudice,
of helplessness and despair and
triumph is not an easy story to
read, but it must not be missed.
Every woman who has had to fight to
discover her worth as a human being
will find strength in this powerful
February Conference Not To Be Missed
"Revolution: Tomorrow is NOW" is
the theme of the 6th NOW National
Conference to be held in Washington,
D.C, February 17-19.
The conference will follow NOW
tradition and be a whirlwind of education, excitement and entertainment.
No NOW member who can afford to go
should miss this opportunity.
Several thousand feminists from all
over the nation will gather to plan
the next steps in the Revolution.
Workshops will be conducted on all
phases of the Women's Movement.
National Task Force Coordinators will
share plans and achievements with
interested feminists, so that there
will be a great exchange of ideas and
opinions from diverse sources.
Meeting the dynamic women who are
leaders in the Movement is itself
enough to make the trip worthwhile.
Persons planning to attend the
National Conference should be a 1972
member of NOW or have paid dues by
December 7. Many NOW members are
expected to attend the Conference and
there is a chance that registration
will be limited.
Plane fare will be about $150
based on a minimum of 16 in the group.
Hotel rates at the Statler-Hilton,
where the conference is being held,
are $18.00 single, $13.50 double and
$10.00 triple. You may make other ,
The plane will leave Houston on
Friday evening, February 16. The
return reservation will be for
Monday p.m. However, the special
fare allows for persons to return on
Persons planning to attend the
Conference should get the following
form to Parrish Hirasaki or Poppy
Northcutt as soon as possible.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE RESERVATIONS
PLEASE INCLUDE MY RESERVATION IN THE GROUP AIR FARE.
I WILL NOT RETURN WITH GROUP AND WILL MAKE MY OWN RETURN RESERVATIONS.
PLEASE RESERVE A SPACE FOR ME AT THE STATLER-HILTON.
' DOUBLE, $13.50
I NEED PERSON(S) TO SHARE MY ROOM.
RETURN TO PARRISH HIRASAKI, POPPY NORTHCUTT OR MAIL TO NOW, P0 BOX 58202,
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77058.