The National Review, brainchild of ultra-
conservative Bill Buckley, is probably not
on the reading list of many feminists.
Maybe it should be, if for no other reason
than to illustrate the drivel that passes for
journalism in some quarters.
The story by James Kilpatrick (see
photo) on the National Women's Conference begins, "The four-day hen session
known as the National Women's Conference cost the taxpayers $5 million. It
brought thirty thousand females to Houston, about equally divided between the
libbers of Bella Abzug and-for their own
unsubsidized meeting-the anti-libbers of
Phyllis Schlafly. , . . This was the first
such conference since the Women's
Rights Convention. . . in 1848. That was
129 years ago, about the proper interval."
And so on.
A recent article, objectively titled
"The Vixens of HEW," by Russell Kirk,
concerns the women in HEW and other
agencies who are working to eliminate
sexism and racism in textbooks, "...these
female zealots aspire to censorship of all
school textbooks . . . this Monstrous Regiment of Women . . . dogmatic feminists
. . this pack of vixens." There is no documentation of sexist content in textbooks, no challenge to the methods used
to define sexism, only an emotional
Another brilliantly-honed piece,
"Ladies in Foxholes?" addresses the "awful consequences of the masculinization
of the woman" now that women are
being incorporated into fighting units.
"And now, by all reports, they will be piloting fighter planes, jumping out of airplanes with explosives to mine bridges,
and otherwise gamboling about the shores
of Tripoli, no doubt led by the fierce
cries of General Abzug. Really, the feminists have gone too far."
It seems we still have a long way to go
to rival the excesses of the National Review and its PANdits.
(Thanks to Twiss Butler for this
"How much is your wife like the new
Mrs. America? Compare when the new
Mrs. America visits Good Morning America tomorrow . . ."—a recent promotion
from the American Broadcasting Com-
PANy. Just thought we'd warn you, so
you can shape up accordingly.
You know those chatty, mimeographed
Christmas letters you get where the whole
family is doing just great and everybody
is leading exciting, productive lives? Well,
you don't have to wait for Christmas.
Mayor Jim McConn sends one out every
week to the press, keeping us up to date
with what's happening down at City Hall.
Talking about his recent hospitalization,
McConn says, "the work never really
stops . . . the only time I really had off
was the day immediately following surgery and even that didn't stop the phone
calls which my wife, Margie, dutifully
took and recorded for me." About two of
his assistants, he says, "These two men
were with my wife and I through the
whole thing." More coy than LBJ about
his operation, he thanked the press for
not leaking the details of his surgery
"which, while minor, was of a personal
nature. The exact details of the operation
remain private, but I will say that a certain radio personality was WRONG when
he said 'Now we know why the Mayor no
longer needs a women's advocate.' " No
contest. Mayor McConn is the sole
recipient of our bedPAN-of-the-month
Baldwin-Lively centers in Houston have
been advertizing a "super sale" on TV. A
man and a woman are featured in the ad.
The man gives a straight spiel on the sale.
The woman continues, in an abysmal imitation of Saturday Night Live's Baba
Wawa character, breathless and giggling.
She ends by turning coyly to the man and
lisping, "Hawold, have you got an
organ?" This rotten organic matter is the
creation of Yudell Communications, Inc.
of Houston (formerly Media Graphics).
Participating dealers will offer
t-shirts and other items at reduced
prices for proof of purchase of
Miriam Korshak, a PATicularly discerning
individual, sent us two clippings, both
from section one of the Houston Chronicle, April 5. (The two headlines read "Alleged rapist discovers woman swings mean
iron" and "Schoolgirl wins city council
race.") The "woman" in the headline defended her mother from an alleged rapist
with a golf club. The "schoolgirl" won a
seat on her city council (and intends to
run for governor one day.) Both the
"woman" and the "girl" are 18 years old.
"It's interesting," says Miriam, "that the
18-year-old female who defended her
mother against a rapist is described as a
'woman' and the 18-year-old female
who won a political post and expresses
the desire to pursue politics is described
as a 'girl.' Can it be that women interested in politics aren't taken seriously? Can
it be that you can't argue with a golf
club? Just wondering."
The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled
that judges are virtually immune from
damage suits claiming that their judicial
acts have wrongly harmed someone.
Voting five to three, the court said an
Indiana judge who approved a mother's
request that her 15-year-old daughter be
sterilized was not subject to damages. The
young woman was sterilized, without her
knowledge, at the same time her appendix was removed. Some years later, after
her marriage, she discovered what had
been done and sued the judge, her mother, her mother's lawyer and the doctors
for damages. Justices White, Burger,
Blackmun, Rehnquist and Stevens were
the majority PANel. Dissenting were Justices Stewart, Marshall and Powell. Stewart, invoking a rarely-used privilege, read
the minority's opinion from the bench.
"A judge is not free, like a loose cannon,"
said Stewart, "to inflict indiscriminate
damage whenever he announces that he is
acting in his judicial capacity."
The Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission has come up with a
PATently faster, more efficient way of
handling job discrimination claims. They
hope it will put an end to a 130,000-case
backlog and allow the commission to deal
with a broader range of problems. EEOC
chair Eleanor Holmes Norton said the
new procedures for handling complaints
of women, blacks and other minorities
had been tested for five months in Chicago, Baltimore and Dallas and would be effective nationally by September. The procedure utilizes professional counselors,
rather than clerks to take complaints.
There are also face-to-face fact-finding
conferences "instead of the usual paper-
shuffling" and more emphasis on negotiating settlements. Norton said 1,545 cases
were handled during the test and 73 percent of those cases were resolved with almost half resulting in negotiated settlements.
Editor, Gabrielle Cosgriff
The Texas Education Agency had an
opening for "a full-time staff member to
work in the area of eliminating sex bias
and stereotyping in vocational education." The notice, sent to one of our
readers, was dated March 27, was received
by her on March 31st and the deadline
for applications was 5 pm, April 7. That
5pm is important, when you get such
short notice. Dash off a PAN to TEA,
quick, before the deadline.
Thelma Stovall, Lt. Governor of Kentucky, relinquished her chair March 17
rather than preside over the general assembly's vote to rescind the ERA. She
challenged the "maze of dubious parliamentary procedures" that led to the vote,
saying "My conscience and my conviction
freezes my hand. I cannot sign this legislation which in my heart I know is wrong."
On March 20, as acting Governor, she
availed herself of the power of the office
and vetoed the recission. Within hours,
anti-ERA forces announced they would
take her to court. Stovall admitted there
would doubtless be repercussions from
her action-she had not discussed it with
Governor Carroll beforehand. Ratify a
PAT to the courageous Stovall.
For the most sexist, cliche-ridden show
on television, the Ted Knight Show (7:30
pm Saturdays, CBS), takes the cake-
make that PANcake. Knight runs a female
escort service. The women call him "Daddy," he calls them his "girls." The women
run the gamut of sexual stereotypes, from
the dumb blond to the older woman pathetically trying to look young, to the
timid basket-case afraid of a mouse. The
premier episode had the "girls" working
on Knight for a salary increase. One tried
tears, one tried seduction, another . . .
well, you get the idea. Don't send your
dog out on a Knight like this.