Sarah Lowry, Ch. 2 News, has been doing a
10-part series on battered women. According
to Lowry, women on all socio-economic levels
are beaten. There are at least as many
battered wives in River Oaks, Memorial and
Sharpstown as in Third and Fourth Wards.
Ben Taub receives about 50 battered women a
week, while 80 show up at the Houston Police
Dept., figures which reveal only 'the tip of the
iceberg.' Most women do not report the crime
for fear of worse beatings or because economic
necessity forces them to remain in the
situation. PAT Lowry for a strong, well-documented series on 'the crime that nobody
In that same series on battered women, police
chief "Pappy" Bond said that the situation
was 'fraught with danger to the police
officer . . . and especially to the little lady
that's involved.' PAN to the chief for belittling
Sexist Monthly strikes again. The November
^^over of Texas Monthly shows a gambler,
flanked by two women dressed in low-cut black
gowns, their heads cut off by the masthead.
All that is visible is two pairs of pendulous
breasts (is there any other kind in TM?). This
is your mandatory every-third-month-let's-
give-the-guys-an-eyeful cover to boost sagging
sales. December's cover is a cardboard cut-out
of Candy Barr, 50's stripper and subject of an
article (sort of). PAN their glossy hide, or is it
A Montessori magazine ad exhorts the reader
to 'Keep your kid ahead of the Jones' kid. Get
him the advantages of Montessori learning.'
'Your kid' is referred to as male (he, his, him)
12 times in the ad; 'he or she' and 'his or her'
are each used once. Not at all unusual in our
sexist media, except that this ad appeared in
Ms. magazine (Nov. 1976). Given Ms/ stated
philosophy of non-sexist advertising, this is a
deplorable lapse or, perhaps, a flash
in the PAN.
A Newark, N.J. federal judge has ruled that a
woman who loses a job or pay raise for
refusing to have sex with her boss cannot sue
him for damages under the U.S. Civil Rights
Act. The woman should file a civil suit
charging extortion or swear out a rape
complaint, says U.S. Dist. Judge Herbert J.
Stern, who dismissed part of a suit brought by
Adrienne Tompkins, a stenographer who
alleged she was fired from Public Service
Electric & Gas Co. after refusing her supervisor's sexual advances. "Sexual attraction is
a natural part of life," says the judge, and
federal courts cannot become involved. The
federal bench would be "deluged" with
complaints if the Civil Rights Act were
applied. A Stern PAN to hizzoner.
PAT Mary Hartman, PAT Mary Hartman, that
fractured soap to end all soaps, for its
generally sensitive treatment of issues that
other programs wouldn't touch with a ten-foot
antenna. The show is currently exploring a
wife-beating situation, and doing it very well.
If you thought MH2 was just another Norman
Lear sitcom, look again. K-PAT K-DOG for
airing the top-dog when it was just an
Catalogue a PAT for Sears, Roebuck & Co.,
who have contributed equipment and management supervision to train inmates of New York
State's only women's prison to become auto
mechanics. The program will initially involve
23 inmates and will eventually graduate 100
prisoners annually. The Department of Correctional Services, which made the announcement, has spent $4,000 on the project, while
Sears has invested $25,000. This is affirmative
action in action.
Policewoman Carol Smith of Roslyn, Washington, saw a man driving a car erratically and
arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving. He
was the police chief. Smith and her partner
gave him a breathalyzer test. The test showed
a small amount of alcohol in the bloodstream,
but the officers decided he was capable of driving a car and released him. The next night,
when Smith reported for duty, she was met by
the mayor and several city council members,
who ordered her to turn in her badge. PAN all
those good ol' boys in Roslyn. Egalite? No.
The prince and the pauper. Prince Philip, who
is supposed to steer clear of political controversy because he is married to Queen
Elizabeth, got himself in a royal hassle lately.
He suggested that Britain's economic and industrial decline is directly linked to spending
on the welfare state. The veracity of his
remarks was not in question. What upset many
Britishers was the fact that Philip benefits
from the welfare state more than anybody, to
the tune of $104,000 a year. PAN the
Women put the 'pinsch' on burglar. A mother
and daughter, hearing a burglar alarm at an
electronics store near their home in Baton
Rouge, took their Doberman Pinscher and
went to investigate. They found a man trying
to escape. The daughter struck him and her
mother pulled his shirt over his head. Police
arrived to find the two women holding the man
and the dog standing guard. PAT the dogged
pair, whose names were not reported.
Rainbow points to crock, but not of gold. PAT
State Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Houston) who is
planning to form a 'rainbow caucus' to fight
the practice of racial and sexual discrimination
in the hiring of top-level state administrators.
Leland cited a study by the Legislative Budget
Board which showed 1,640 "exempt" positions in state government. Of these, 8 percent
are occupied by women, 1.4 percent by Blacks
and 4.2 percent by Mexican-Americans. "This
report reflects non-compliance with the laws of
this state and nation, total disregard for the
basic equality of all people and a token affirmative action on the part of the state," says
Leland. The Department of Public Welfare has
more direct contact with minorities than
probably any other state agency. There are no
Blacks, three Mexican-Americans and two
women among the 39 exempt positions.
A birthday PAT to Nellie Taylor Ross, the
nation's first woman governor, who turned 100
on November 29. Ross, who was elected governor of Wyoming in 1924, said that serving in
that capacity was the best contribution she
could make to the women's cause at that time.
Ellen Goodman, whose syndicated 'At large'
column appears regularly in The Houston
Post, had some interesting comments after
reading The Hite Report and a recent issue of
Playboy (bought solely, she confesses, for the
Jimmy Carter interview). "The difference
between Hite's and Hefner's visions of
sexuality in America is jarring," says Goodman. "It seems that women are finally reporting the facts of their own sex and men are
putting on the earmuffs of fear and retreating
to deeper fantasies . . .(In 'men's magazines')
one never sees the kind of sharing of male
sexuality, the honest searching, even the
confusion that is part of the women's literature . . .It would be easy to write off the 'skin
book' buyer, to describe him as deviant or
adolescent, a prurient irrelevancy. But over 15
million read these magazines monthly." PAT
Goodman, whose column —like the Doones-
bury strip —makes an ad-rag like The Post
worth reading on occasion.
Red-letter day for Harvard. After only 104
years of existence, the Harvard Crimson has
elected its first woman editor-in-chief. PAT
Gay Seidman, who takes over in February.
And you thought academicians were stuffy?
Battered women beware. The stench of Macho
(son of Brut) now comes in cologne, spray
cologne and soap-on-a-rope; all penis-shaped
and sold at Jocke's . . .er, Joske's. 'So bold it
reflects his personality and life-style perfectly.
It's ba-a-ad and that's good" read full-page
Joske's ads in local dailies. PAN Joske's
phallacious reasoning that "macho power" is
"strong and so alive, and it belongs to today's
young contemporary man —the man with
macho." It's ba-a-ad, ano that's bad.
PeriPATetic women. Nine women are organizing the first all-female expedition to explore
the wilds of South America. Team leader
Carolyn Oxton said they will leave January 20
for a three-month exploration of the giant
Atrato swamp in Colombia. The expedition's
main purpose is to film the swamp's wildlife. It
also will search for a 'lost canal,' said to have
been dug in the 18th century to connect two
rivers which flow respectively into the Atlantic
and Pacific oceans. All the expedition members (filmmakers, archeologists, etc.) have
previous exploration experience.
The Dallas County Commissioners Court has
voted not to seek continuation of state funding
for the Dallas Rape Crisis Center. According to
the center's director, Jo Ann Austin, this will
put them out of business, since she does not
know of an alternative source of funds. The
center, founded three years ago, offers counseling for rape victims, their families and
friends and conducts public education programs. Commissioners Jim Jackson and David
Pickett said they did not think public funds
should be spent to support a counseling
agency devoted to only one crime. Pickett said,
" . . .rape is a very personal thing. It's not any
more serious than getting hijacked or robbed
or severly beaten." Commission a PAN
for the court.
A PAT on the mike for Phil Donahue, talk show
host (seen on Ch. 26) for giving us a welcome
change from the usual show-biz personality
drivel. On recent shows he has had a debate on
the rape issue between author Susan Brownmiller (Against Our Will) and Eldridge
Cleaver, interviews with Nora Ephron and
Elizabeth Ray and programs on women
alcoholics, women who work outside the home,
and battered women.
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