The "Those Who Do Not Remember Their
History are Doomed To Repeat It" Column
This is a slice of our history from the
WOMEN FROM HISTORY series of postcards
published by Helaine Victoria Enterprises,
P.O. Box 1779, Martinville Indiana 46151
(address included so that you may write
for a catalogue from this unique women's
press if you desire). The postcard
shows two sturdy women sitting side-by-
side on a low stone wall. The legend
on the reverse:
"RADCLYFFE HALL (left, 1883-1943) and UNA
LADY TROUBRIDGE (1892-1963). Hall and
Troubridge, both British, lived and traveled together from the time they met until
Hall's death 27 years later. Her second
book, Adam's Breed, became an instant
best seller in 1927 and established her
literary reputation. It was a sensitive
and unique story of a prosperous head-
waiter who became so weary of rich foods
that he starved himself to death. Success
spurred Hall to what she considered her
duty in writing The Well of Loneliness, a
semiautobiographical novel of 'inversion'
calculated to enlist public understanding.
The first British edition was instantly
seized by the Home Office and tried in the
Magistrates Court. The publicity led to
enormous sales and favorable reviews in
other countries, but the proceedings took
a heavy toll on Hall's spirits and health.
Una Troubridge supported all her efforts,
and became her biographer 'soon after she
died. Both women were well known in the
Italian and French cultural salons of the
time, including that of Romaine Brooks,
the American-born Parisian potraitist who
painted Lady Troubridge."
FIG. 62. THE GODDESS, STANDING ON MOUNTAIN
Seal impression, Crete, late Palace period
From The Great Mother: An Analysis of the
Archetype, by Erich Neumann (Princeton
University Press, 1955), p. 273.
Don't believe what you read in the popular
press about the relation between SPATIAL
ABILITY AND HORMONES. An article in
"Science News" (May 29, vol 121, no. 22,
p 356) reporting new research quotes John
Money, whom SN calls "a psychohormonal
authority" at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Money is skeptical: "The whole concept of
androgen deficiency and spatial ability...
is hogwash until somebody can measure that
the actual brain cells that are supposed
to be using androgen are unable to use
Quoted from Business Week, June 21, 1982:
IF WOMEN DON'T GO INTO COMPUTERS
The reasons that boys exhibit greater
enthusiasm for computers seem to be predominantly cultural rather than genetic.
"Girls do about as well as boys in computer
literacy tests," says Ronald E. Anderson,
associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. "The best theory to
explain it is that boys are brought up socialized to consider their careers more important. Girls are brought up to be concerned
with softer subjects. They're not pressured
into moth as much." Girls, whose historical
"math phobia" has been documented in many
studies, may steer clear of computers because the machines are predominantly used in
Biased Parents. Many educators blame other
factors—particularly parental attitudes,
male-oriented computer advertising, and video
game violence—for the differrnce between boys'
and girls' responses to computers. The greatest sex bias comes from the parents, claims
Ellen Newman, co-owner of Computerkids Inc.,
a computer school in West Los Angeles. "When
people walk into our school with a son and a
daughter, they are only interested in enroll
ling the son in the classes," she reports.
Video game violence also encourages boys to
play with computers while it discourages girls
girls, according to educators. To be successful in a game, the player usually has to blow
up a ship, drop a bomb, fire a missile, or
knock someone off. "Girls are just bored with
that," declares Judith B. Edwards Allen,
director of the computer technology program
at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland, Ore. "I've told Atari the
video game/computer subsidiary of Warner Communications Corp. that they should be trying
to develop nonviolent games without the blow-
'em-away mentality so that girls can get involved," she reports, "and Atari said, 'Well,
frankly, that isn't where the market is. Boys
are the market.'"...