February Program Meeting - Many thanks to (Gloria (C.E.) Sprinkle for hor very
informative talk on Homemaker's Rights. There' was a lot of positive feedback and we
were able to sign on five (5) new members to the Chapter Welcome to our new members
and thanks to those who visited us for the first time. We hope to see all of you again
Greater Houston Council of NOW Chapters interviewed Mike Andrews, candidate for
Congresislonal Representative from the new District 25, at their meeting February 23.
He is very receptive and positive about our most important issues and open to further
information and education on points on which we differ. No NOW Chapter or entity may
officially endorse any political candidate, but Individuals may do volunteer work for
any candidate of their choosing.
Business Meeting - very small turnout short of a quorum so no official business
could be legally boted on. If you wish to have a voice In Chapter activities, please
attend the business meeting and give us your opinions. Try It, you might like it! It
is much more fun than sitting home scratching a case of the hives.
PRESENT - IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! - Message Brigade Alerts, So far, three Alerts
have been mailed from National. If you signed up for the Brigade, you have received them;
if you haven't, we've reproduced some of the sample messages we urgently request that you
sent to key political figures. If you wish, you may adapt any of the wordlng to suit
your own thoughts, but PLEASE write something to these people. YOU could make the dif-
have any questions, call me.
For what it's worth, Mengden's 'survey' results are out. The questions were sent
only to conservative Republicans, so you can imagine the results. There were some interes-
ting points, though. Call me if you are Interested.
HOUSTON WOMEN TAKE BACK THE NIGHT has published a most informative newsletter that
proposes to keep informed on the campaign against violence against women. Subscription
rate is $6/year. Send check to HWTBTN, Houston Area Women's Center, 4 Chelsea Place,
FUTURE - Bay Area NOW Program Meeting - Film and talk entitled "Straight Talk About Les-
bians." Come and and bring a friend, leave your preconceived notions at the* door and come
listen to stereotypes crashing to the floor. Very informative.
Is anybody out there deputized to sign up and register new voters? It's simple,
painless and free! Go to your nearest Courthouse and In five minutes, you are a Deputy.
If any of you are already deputised, please let me know for my record. If you have any
further questions about it, please call me.
Houston Area Women's Center - March 6 - Media Images of Women - Workshop. Regis-
tration $5 [viyabJx to HAWC, 4 Chelsea, Houston 77006. Keynote speaker Is Jean Quataert
of UH/CLC with panelists, Alma Newsom, Tanis Parks, Wade Roberts, Nancy Fleming, Sandra
bong and our own Jeanne Saletan. Call me for more information.
Women's History Week Rally - March 7 - Hermann Park Pavilion, 12K - 6 p.m. Make
this a family outing/picnic, have lots of fun and emphasize women's contribution to the
history of the human race.
Houston Festival - arch 20-21; 2?-28. We can take this opportunity to leaflet,
Message Brigade and get petitions signed. Call me to volunteer your time.
March 22 AN EVENT!! We don't know exactly what kind of event yet, but it will
commemorate and of the passage of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment
out of Congress, plus the kickoff of the last 100 days till June .30. Circle your calendar.
March 29 - April 2 Women's Week at UH/CLC. More Informative timely sessions of
for Information, r^
For Equality. Pat 488-3278
The Daily Cougar Friday, January 29. 1962
Fraternity hijinks degrade women
Those crazy fraternity guys are
up to their hljinks again. What
play on words they put together
for • sign in ihr Univrrmy Center
Arbor announcing a topless bar
party. Plenty of Jugs. Ha.
When the UH chapter of the
National Organization of Women
and Texas Public Interest
Research Group (TexPIRG) made
the simple statement that "This
insults Women" on a sign next to
the aforementioned Lambda Chi
Alpha agn.. those crazy frat guys
got caught with then pants down
instead of their tops off.
Lambda Chi Alpha members
called The Daily Cougar the night
before publication of a picture
that captured the two signs
together. They wanted to see
about "rectifying" the situation.
They said that the photograph
would be "derogatory" to their
Never mind that then original
sign was derogatory to the women
on this campus, and to the men
who don't share the sophomoric
humor of the fraternity
Rectifrng the situation would
mean rearranging the thinking of
those Greeks and others whose
sense of humor can't go beyond
worn out gags that degrade
anyone except themselves.
Tony Esparza, one of the
members who called, tried lo
justify the poster by saying, "It
was advertising "
It's not clear to me whether he
meant that the sign could be as
sexist as his group wanted K to be
as long as it was advertising, or
whether he thought that if our
staff would agree it was just
advertising, we wouldn't run a
news photograph of it.
At any rate, it is clear that an
ad can be offensive to women.
One only has to look at com-
mercials that portray women as
befuddled shoppers who cannot
select then own laundry detergent
or underarm deodorant to
recognize that fact or ads that
show women in any number of
damaging stereotypes — i.e. the
woman in a beer commercial who
serves only to make the beer-
drinking men sigh long, blatant
sighs. She doesn't give the viewer
any additional information about
Lambda Chi Alpha members
may feel embarrassed. ridiculous,
immature; but. unfortunately they
need not feel alone in their
As a black tie banquet at UH
last week, honoring the people
who have given over $11 million
to the university, the master
(fitting term here) of ceremonies
was kind enough to identify the
women who were, as he put it,
making the head table so nice to
look at. He used this ploy to
introduce the wives at the table —
as if adorning head tables is the
moat important rose these women
play in life.
The list of examples could go
on, and the occurrences probably
While members of Lambda Chi
complain that the picture which
ran in The Cougar was bad press
for them. I doubt they stopped to
consider how much bad press
Or maybe they don't care
Perhaps women who don't see the
humor in using inventive words
for breasts aren't their type. I
know those women would not
want to be.
I can't give examples of all the
things insulting to women. But the
important ihing la lo praaanra the
right of anyone lo point these owt
as long as insults to women are so
When members or Lambda Chi
and the Inierfratemity Council
said m a belligerently macho way
that running the picture us The
Cougar would be degrading to
them, the cliche "taste of your
own medicine" came to mind.