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Transcript 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 reports.' 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 women. 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 pigskin? 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 under-dog. Gabrielle Cosgriff Editor 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. Fraternite? Yes! 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 princely ingrate. 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. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH - DECEMBER 1976 PAGE 10