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Transcript How the other half lives by Barbara Hugetz "I'd like to talk about my outrageous child support payments," says one man. "Every month I'm broke. . .." "I resigned from a high level position and will take a cut in pay," confides another. "I realized that I needed and wanted time for other interests, like my family " "I don't understand why men are complaining. They hold the seat of power—what have they got to lose. . .?" These aren't the kinds of revelations men are relating to their friends at a bar, at a business luncheon or on the golf course. This is a group of men discussing their experiences and feelings at a consciousness- raising group. Time was when male consciousness-raising groups were the 'Men's Auxiliary' to the National Organization for Women. But men's groups have been forming so rapidly across the country that the National Men's Awareness Network (M.A.N.) was founded one year ago to work as a communications network among these independent Male Awareness Centers. "We want to present ideas not offered too many other ways," explains Craig Roberts, who co-founded the Male A- wareness Center of Houston with Ron Cox. "We want to provide a place for a man to have personal growth—in the manner women have had in the feminist movement." The actual "opening" of the Houston Male Awareness Center took place on May 10, with the presentation of a film entitled "Men's Lives", purchased by Cox and Roberts for discussion group purposes. This film follows the conditioning of young boys to "manhood" through the scout- ing-athletic-dating-career experiences. "I like to kill in football," says one boy in the film, sitting in the locker room at half-time. And looking straight into the camera, he adds, "If you don't kill, you get killed." Interviews with men such as a barber-philosopher, a basketball coach, a radio disc jockey and a factory worker, all commenting on the role of the man, form the basis of the film. "Man is still the provider," states the DJ. "He has to buy the shoes for his family. A man has a specific goal—the dollar sign." "Men come in here," says the barber, "and they describe a new car, new homes, in great detail— the shag carpeting, the size of their freezers. And they still don't find satisfaction." Why are some men dissatisfied with their "seat of power"? "I just hate seeing so much of the masculine value system turning me into a machine," says Cox, "and imposing that upper- class white male system on everyone—male and female. I would like it better if we were just people." Gathering together in male awareness groups, men are going through the initial and significant stage of revealing their feelings, a necessary step towards supporting each other to effect a change. To be able to discuss personal fears, doubts and wants is a difficult process for men who are conditioned to "hold in" their emotions. "I feel that the success of the Center will come when there are fifteen to twenty men regularly attending the meetings," says Roberts. Well, if last week's enthusiastic group of fifteen was any indication, the Male Awareness Center of Houston is coming into its own. Roberts re-cycles roles I ^M^nno/rt/^ .CRAIG ROBERTS "I used to be a Playboy reader because I felt they at least conveyed the idea of liberating people to be what they wanted to be," says Craig Roberts, sitting behind the front desk at the Women's Center, where he has been Houston Area NOW's Male Mystique Task Force Coordinator for the past two and a half years. "However," he adds emphatically, "I could not agree with their treatment of women - and men -- as objects. "In 1973, I became involved with NOW and attended various meetings. And listening to the feminists I thought, 'this stuff applies (to me)'. I attended a male consciousness-raising group that the Houston Area NOW sponsored. There were three, sometimes four, men and one woman who came on alternate weeks. "The meetings helped me re-evaluate my position as an engineer. I realized that I didn't really enjoy many parts of my job—and that I even wasn't particularly good at it, which was the hardest part to accept." The Texas State Cycling Champion in 1971, Roberts pec>alled to and from his job everyday. "I- had a change of clothes hidden in the men's bathroom," he explains, "and a bottle of aftershave. Every morning I would change into a clean and sparkling engineer. "There was a definite hierarchy according to the clothes worn. The executives all wore double-knit suits and ties and the office supply woman dressed in jeans . . . and sometimes rollers." During this time Roberts was promoting the annual April Fools Stage Race, along with other cycling events, and became involved in political issues. "I was at a Houston political rally," he recalls. "It was Nixon's first press conference in two years. The vice-president of my company saw my picture in Time where my head was directly below a banner that read 'Impeach Nixon Now' and he said to me, 'We can't talk about this politics stuff." Roberts, now a junior high school teacher, says he couldn't stand the pressures of "work- work-work" in the engineering field. "I was putting in a 45 hour week, minimum. We were all expected to work at least that many hours. Most of the engineers were there from 7 to 6." Working most of the day with a computer, he says, "I wanted to work more with people. So I decided to become a teacher." Besides teaching physical science, Roberts has lobbied in Austin for the ERA and has given talks on male awareness and consciousness-raising at Sam Houston State, St. Thomas University and the University of Houston. "After attending a men's conference in New Jersey this past January, Ron (Cox) and I talked about doing something in Houston. We originally planned an eight-week course for men in May and June. But when Ron found out he would be returning to New Jersey (where he also co-founded a men's center), we had to change our plans." The result—the Male Awareness Center of Houston. "Men need to communicate among themselves, on a deeper level," Roberts says. —B. H. Imported Foods CHEESES - RARE GOURMET FOODS Sandwiches - Poorboys - Best Kosher Deli Items *\f *lr* ^il/* ^llA ^1/* ^^pw^to *^^ ^^^ ^^* TEA HOUSE & PASTRY SHOP UPSTAIRS ■ x>c 528-7240 2405 S. Shepherd Near River Oaks - Battlesteins =3CtC OriKZ DfIC =X>C DUG 3ttC A Man for Every Woman For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong, There is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable; For every woman who is tired of acting dumb, There is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of "knowing everything"; For every woman who is tired of being called an "emotional female", There is a man who is denied the right to weep and to be gentle; For every woman who is called unfeminine when she competes, There is a man for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity; For every woman who is tired of being a sex object, There is a man who must worry about his potency; For every woman who feels "tied down" by her children, There is a man who is denied the full pleasures of shared parenthood; For every woman who is denied meaningful employment or equal pay, There is a man who must bear full financial responsibility for another human being; For every woman who has not learned the intricacies of the automobile, There is a man who has not learned the satisfaction of cooking; For every woman who takes a step towards heF own liberation, There is a man who finds the way to freedom has been made a little easier. —NANCY R. SMITH