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Houston Voice, No. 825, August 16, 1996 - File 004. 1996-08-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/17028/show/16998.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 825, August 16, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date August 16, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Title File 004
Transcript In My Own Voice ^^^ Gender Gap Wide Open I have been wooed, courted as it were, but rather than feel the glow of amorous intentions, I feel as if someone is playing me as a fool. Maybe because my suitor was an unwelcome one. I tried to like her, really listened and hoped for a glimmer of understanding. It just isn't there. The chemistry has to be right you know. I know what they want. They want me for my vote. It is highly unlikely that they will get it even though they talked a good talk. I saw through their ploy. It takes a little more substance to earn my respect and support, and most importantly, my vote. The gender gap is the difference between the way women vote and the way men vote. The Republicans have a problem with it. Mostly it is a problem with their candidate, Bob Dole not being viewed as someone who is really supportive of women, although his wife Elizabeth is a powerful and successful woman in her own right. The 1994 elections and the huge turnover of seats to Republicans was characterized as being brought about due to the "Angry, White Male Voter." This time, it's our turn to make the difference with the Women's vote. The Republican Party at its show in San Diego paraded before the assembly and television audiences last Tuesday night its best and brightest. Attractive, articulate, successful women. These women such as Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and New York Con- gresswoman and Keynote speaker, Susan Molinari bashed Clinton while trying to make a case for why women should vote Republican. They questioned Clinton's personal integrity and the Democratic fiscal policies. One of the things the Republicans are doing is taking credit for matters that they either had no part in or are laying claim to in hopes that we will believe that they really are working in our best interest. Hutchinson claims that the Republicans in killing of Clinton's health plan was a great victory for women. Because, she said it didn't cover mammograms for women before age 50 and she had friends under thai age that had breast cancer. She failed to mention that nothing in any of the Republican plans would have provided the mammogram services either. Furthermore, while it is of grave concern, women have many more health concerns than breast cancer, and with no health plan in place, our overall health and ability to care for our families is in jeopardy. Hutchinson made a jab at Hillary Clinton by saying "We don't want to have a village raise a child, we want a family to raise a child." Clinton's book on raising children published last year is titled "It takes a Village to Raise a Child" . Clever line, but it misses the point ofthe African saying that inspired the saying to begin with. The village (the community) should be family for every child. Children need and deserve the love, nurturing and guidance of everyone in the community to be the child's extended family. The job is too big for just parents. We have to count on children receiving that same care from teachers, coaches, their scout leaders, and neighbors to have the kind of society lhat is part of the American Dream. The American Dream—that was another term they used quite a bit, claiming that putting a Republican in the White House would restore the American Dream. One of the most moving speeches was made by a rape survivor and victim's rights advocate. She bravely shared her story of horror at being awaken while in her own bed and finding a stranger who tore her clothes and touched her body. I was touched by her story and impressed by her courage. I agree with her that we need tougher laws and better enforcement. I think the victim's rights far out weigh those of the criminal. But I don't agree with her that voting for Republicans is the answer. I just don't trust them. The party who used to tout that women belong in the home raising children and had such leaders as Phyllis Schafely of the Eagle Forum and Beverly LeHaye of the Concerned Women for America has changed its tune a bit. It is always interesting to me that the women who share this view with their male counterparts are never women who maintain that role and whose careers (or marriages) put them in the wealthy category. Now they are advocating for "the working women." They promise a that a more equitable wage, along with tax cuts will put more money in our pockets and give more time to be with our families. This from the party who was largely responsible for the defeat ofthe ERA. hummm. Women are more likely to vote for Democrats. They make up their minds later than men do, because they, want more information about the candidates before making their decisions. They care about voting "smart." Hopefully, they are too smart to fall for the Republican's charade. In San Diego, they managed with cameras tricks to make it look like they really are the "Big Tent" party with showing every person of color present at the convention (3% Black, 3% Latino, and a number of Asians). The camera showed many women's faces and did not reveal that only 33% of the delegates are women (down from 45% in 1992). Just how much coverage have you seen of support by the GOP for the rights of Gays and Lesbians? I haven't seen, except through the Gay media, any reports on the presence of the Log Cabins who are struggling lo make a place for themselves within the party. Maybe that is one reason I'm a Democrat, we already have a place. So far the polls in Texas are claiming that Clinton and Dole are in a dead heat, but when it comes to Women, Clinton leads '41% to Dole's 34%. 13 % of women favor Perot and 12% remain undecided. Among men Dole leads with 43% over Clinton's 36% with 12% being undecided and only 8% in favor of Perot. Kemp's selection as GOP vice president increased men's support of Dole but had no effect on the women. The Republican women have demon- ized feminism yet touted how far we (women) have come. Who do they think opened the doors to begin with? It is very hard for me, as well as the voters under the age of 40 who have a hard time believing that Dole is the person to lead us into the 21st century. It also impossible for me to believe that a party that is anti-choice and anti-gay as stated in its platform, can be working in my best interest. If women do not have the choice to terminate a crisis pregnancy, they have no choice at all. Women are people of conscience and they and they alone are the ones who must maintain the control of their own bodies and reproductive lives. The Republicans want to change welfare, but while I agree that reform is needed, their plan penalizes the most vulnerable in society (teenage women with children). They want to do away with affirmative action based on classism and judgmental elitism. They keep talking about restoring the American Dream. What they need to look at is the American Reality. COMEDY ZONE "Tideot" To ErrtortoTnr HOUSTON VOICE / AUGUST 16, 1996 3 " ~^ ~© Sa"ve $5~ ©_<^ 1 (Houston Voice) j 6 Hour Stttt A*pr«v«d Driving Sifity Curie l Fir Tiekit Simiml & linriiei Piisuufi PRESENTED by ACTIVE COMEDIANS, RAMADA INN HOBBY AIRPORT 8611 Airport Blvd ® Monroe CLEOS COMEDY THEATHE I 3722 Washington @ Heights Blvd | F.r i ,..1 11m nil 946-LAFF (5133] Vllhlll V.I.INll COASTAL IMPRESSl©WS Custom Screen Printing Embroidery Ad Specialty ■ Fully Automated - Up to 160 dozen shirts per hour ■ In-house Art Department * T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Sportshirts, Caps, Teamwear, Koozies, Cups and hundreds of other ad specialty items PH: 713-665-1117 Fax: 713-665-1 166 Ask for William "Bill" Johnson, Ml We ACCEpT VisA & MC SPECIAL LIVE CD TAPING! 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