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Title Broadside, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 1973
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date July 1973
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Transcript Page 7 BROADSIDE July 1973 BY BONNIE MOORE * * * * * * * When a woman discovers that she forms sexual attachments most readily with women, she's presented with a few problems. Like courtship patterns. We're taught courtship patterns on the basis of plumbing. Male plumbing requires the agressive courtship pattern, female plumbing seductive patterns. Two seducers are going to have a rough time. When there's a polka to be danced, who leads? Shall we open doors for one another? Mho makes the "first move"? All the little courtesies be-- come complicated. We grew up flirting and waiting but there's not a trained agressor around now. The simplest solution is to look for a woman who has assumed the male courtship pattern or to assume it oneself. That way you fit your prospective partner's courtship pattern and things are smoothed considerably. However, this is not a universally satisfying solution for several reasons. One thing wrong with a "male/female" pairing of two women is that the gender roles themselves are not well-suited to personal growth. Total and permanent agressiveness is no more comfortable for a female than a male. It distorts emotionality and tends to harden and embitter the human involved. Total passivity tends to lower one's sense of personal worth and thus one's ability for constructive effort. There are some women and men who are fairly well suited to each gender role and comfortable therein, but, in general, the roles are too stiff. Half-people looking for their missing component which they bury daily because it doesn't fit their role are hopefully living relics of a dying cultural pattern I say hopefully because in my more morbid moments I view us role-trapped half-people as dying victims of a living cultural monstrosity which demands flagrant self-butchery (or fernery) as the price of sexual admission. Gotta be a Man to get a Woman. Lay down, lady and Mr. Don't you cry. Now suppose these living relics both have female plumbing. Their training is inadequate to their situation. It's easy to throw stones at Butch, but, after all, Mom and Dad and the movies all go to show that active, independent, strong and creative people have short hair, muscles, and wear pants. Further, those pants-wearing near-rapists are, according to the same indisputable sources, what Women love. And if you love women-- The homosexual woman has kicked over the traces in a bid way by mating with her own gender. While in many cases this leads to an examination of a wide range of cultural values and creates a rather genuine form of personal freedom (with an absence of role- games), the opposite can also be the case. The homosexual woman sometimes makes a rather desperate effort to conform in all matters other than sexual preference. Or, often, she's just not that weird. She varies from the norm significantly in sexual preference but pretty much accepts cultural values as they stand. And the norm is role-playing pairs. If the inflexibility of gender roles were the only difficulty for role-playing pairs of women then they'd just be in the same boat with the multitudes of role-playing heterosexual pairs. Not that that's a very seaworthy boat as we have probably all gathered after a few years observation of marital difficulty, but at least there's security in numbers. However, a well- oiled ducktail on a woman is at least eye-catching and at worst abhorrent. And since most of us don't enjoy a constant rain of bad vibes many women who love women restrict their social life to those people who neither hate not fear them. Which isn't such a big slice of the population. And where social contact isn't severely restricted there may be a painful attempt to "pass." (Are you trying to pass for straight? I'm trying to pass for male. We're made for each other.) That attempt, and the need for it, has never been one of the joys of being a nigger. The relaxing of gender roles since the 50's has brought relief to the gay community. (And all of us.) No tough of lace at the collar, flowing hair and flowing pants are just prettier than those harsh, bold styles. The unisex trend has mde the women in jeans much less a target and thus freed her to greater social contact. And freed her talents to the common pool. The general attitudianl shift of which dress styles are a part allows more flexible role patterns. It's getting pretty hard to tell who's what in most gay relationships. Halleluliah! Point being all we've got to do is crack the trap to see our full selves pouring out: men weeping, some building, people doing peole things. Let's get crackin', sisters. NOW IN CLEAR LAKE The newly-formed Clear Lake Area chapter of NOW has chosen a board of eight directors who will serve for three months before a. permanent structure is adopted. The chapter has chosen three areas of particular interest to its membership: education, employment, and child care. As an appropriate first action, Clear Lake MOW has demanded change in the Clear Creek Independent School District's nolicy regarding pregnant students. Such students must quit school as soon as they are "showing". Those within nine weeks of graduation are allowed to complete their studies at hone but may not participate in graduation exercises.