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Title Houston Breakthrough, Vol. 3, No. 5, June 1978
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Date June 1978
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Transcript ERA Debate: a tendency to blame the victims by Charlotte Bunch Mary Russell ("Losing ERA Extension Might Help Feminists," Outlook July 16) would have us believe that, to win, women must first fail. She suggests that feminists fighting at this critical moment to gain the ERA through an extension of the deadline should instead be turning inward to assess "what went wrong" with the women's movement. That attitude would not be given credence if she were analyzing any group other than women. It is hard to imagine a serious suggestion that labor needed to abandon its struggle for labor-law reform, before it was defeated, to make "a new beginning." Yet, that is precisely what Russell suggests that women do. Her approach reflects a dangerous trend in the ERA debate: the tendency to blame the victims, women, for their predicament. It is rather like blaming the woman who is raped, rather than the rapist. What is going wrong with the ERA is not the women's movement. What is wrong is that a very small number of state legislators are blocking a reform that the majority of Americans favor: a reform that was approved by Congress overwhelmingly; a reform that has passed in 35 states representing 72 percent of the population; a reform that has been endorsed by both the Republican and the Democratic parties; a reform that has been supported by a majority of women and men in polls since 1972. What is going wrong is not the women's movement but the democratic workings of our political system. W jfffT'i'ii' till - -JH^^H % Ifllf Of RIGHTS UNDER THE I* » NOjJj* UNITED STATES OR BY JWY SIM MJO What we need now is a reassessment of our nation's political system and why the will of the majority is being thwarted on the ERA. In doing that reassessment, the women's movement has learned a lot. We have learned, as Ellie Smeal, president of the National Organization for Women, reported to Russell, that the ERA is "a poli tical issue,not an undeniable human right"; that because the ERA is just and favored by a majority does not mean that it will happen. We have learned, as Elinor Langer detailed in Ms. magazine in 1976, why Big Business is putting money into efforts to defeat the ERA. We have learned, as illustrated by the boycott of unratified states and the extension—both of which Russell belittles—how to use tough economic and political tactics to keep the issue alive nationally. Finally, we have learned that the battle to stop ERA is part of an overall conservative effort to gain more power in society; that those forces who oppose the ERA are GRAND OPENING August 26th Noon-5pm Do you paint, do macrame, make jewelry . . .? If you can provide something saleable I want to provide a space to present it to our feminist community. a feminist store 1623 Westheimer Houston, Texas 77006 713/495-3796 Looking For An Income Opportunity? A Backyard Operation? Do You Like Plants? If the answer is yes - Read on . We have a program for folks who are looking for a v way to earn from $300 to $800 per month producing house plants for wholesale (depending on your time and ability). We furnish everything but the LOVE . . . that's your job. '^___^___r^ Modest investment v r T%^ required ^a\J^_i3 Call for complete details. 683-6801 Namp Address Phone National House Plants 10616 Hem pstead Rd. G. Houston, Texas 77092 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH JUNE 1978