THE PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT, Cox 61S,
Alton, Illinois 62002.
Ever wonder about those Right-
to-Lifers or HOW (Happiness of Womanhood)? Here's their side, as pro-
i,»unced by their superstar, Phyllis
Schlafly. Choice quotes and incredible twists of logic are crammed into
this 4-8 page monthly newsletter.
Schlafly's rationale is that
child-bearing and rearing is the
best deal women could ever get. From
Vol. 5, No. 7 (February, 19.72), we
learn, "The fact that women, not men,
have babies is not the fault of selfish and domineering men, or of the
establishment, or of any clique of
conspirators who want to oppress women. It's sinply the way God made
us .... since women must bear the
physical consequences of the sex act,
men must be required to bear the other
consequences and pay in other ways.
Our respect for the family as the basic unit of society ... is the greatest single achievement in the entire
history of women's rights." After
all, "a man may search 30 to 40 years
for accomplishment in his profession.
A woman can enjoy real achievement when
she is young -- by having a baby."
Amazing reading for the curious, but
cost is $5 a year which goes into the
"Eagle Trust Fund" ~ for printing
and what else?
OFF OUR BACKS, 1346 Connecticut Avenue
NW, Room 1013, Washington, D.C. 20036,
In its third year now, OFF OUR
BACKS is one of the oldest feminist
newspapers in the country. Although
it is written by and for Washington,
D. C., women, much of the news is of
interest to women everywhere. Each
issue includes a "counter culture"
pullout — 8 pages of women's graphics, poetry, photography, and stories. The style is that of radical
journalism, alternating vague polemics with statistics and cold facts
that are hard to find in the establishment press. A women's SPACE CITY!
with all the plusses and minuses of
the alternative press. OOB's stance
on women's politics is definitely radical. If you're squeamish about lesbianism or blind rage, don't read
OFF OUR BACKS. If the monthly MS just
doesn't come often enough and you want
variety in your feminist reading, subscribe to OOP..
WOMEN AND ART, 89 East Broadway, Hew
York, New York 10002.
With the advent of minimal art,
earthworks, and body art, an anti-art
avant garde (mostly male) has appeared.
Generally, critics and art writers
(mostly male) have responded to this
with Creeping Obscurantism, a style
of writing which prevents all but
the brave and the stupid from reading the national art magazines.
WOMEN AND ART attempts to turn this
negative trend on its ear with articles by and for artists, fanale artists. Still a very young oublication, WOMEN AND ART has failed, so
far, to escape Creeping 0, creating
instead its own brand of weak bullshit.
Most of the artist-wri ters published in WAA are devoted to Marxism,
figurative painting, and feminism.
Their message is that art should no
longer be elitist; they speculate
about a "world in which the aesthetic dimension would permeate common
as well as special life activities,"
art in the laundromat instead of the
museum. As a radical feminist pub-
On December 15 the commission that sets wage rates in Australia ruled that women must receive equal pay for equal work
by June 1975.
A spokesperson for the National Employers Policy Committee
immediately threatened that prices
would be raised to absorb the expense. Instant inflation?
lication, WOMEN AND ART blames the
elitism of the art world on inale
domination in the field.
While it is true that women as
artists, art historians, curators,
and critics have been discriminated
against, it does not necessarily
follow that the exclusion of women
is the root of all evil In the arts.
Like OFF OUR SACKS, '.I0MEN AND ART
wastes too much space on diatribe
and does not produce enough facts
and/or techniques for changing
On the positive side, WAA has
I reproduced many works of unknown or
unappreciated artists. Hopefully,
the unevenness of this newspaper
will be worked out as the publication matures. Published quarterly;
$2 a year or $5 for institutions or
those who can afford it.
As you may have read in last month's MS. Magazine, one of our members,
Linda April Raines, has just published a book. It is a feminist
anthology of poetry and art work entitled: THERE'S A CONTRADICTION
INSIDE. The book was completely written, edited, composed and
financed by women. It's a human look at womanhood from an artist's
sensitive and emotional view point. Everyone involved in the movement should find themselves involved in THERE'S A CONTRADICTION
INSIDE. And the best part 1s that 15% of the profits from the book
will be donated to the Houston Chapter. Order your beautiful, full-
color, hard-bound author's signature edition today. Send a check for
$4.95 to: 10010 Memorial #507, Houston, Texas 77024. (Price includes
postage & handling).
Please send me
copies of THERE'S A CONTRADICTION INSIDE
at $4.95 each.
Mail to: L. A. Raines, 10010 Memorial #507,
Houston, Texas 77024