Independent from Long Beach, California on March 19, 1976 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Friday, March 19, 1976
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Liberating men from oppression of success WINNER in the men's beauty contest at LBSU was Rick Ischinger, senior in physical education department. Warren FarreU, background, uses the contest to raise awareness in his campaign for men's liberation. By PATRICIA de LUNA Slaff Writer M e n m a y h a v e Ihc money and the power in today's society, but it's this very success t h a t serves to enslave them, says Warren FarreU who would set men free. M e n are "success objects," much as women are sex objects, he says, and as a r e s u l t j o i n women, blacks and other minorities as an oppressed segment of society. Men, who pass out business cards as though they were m a s c u l i n i t y c a r d s , he says, need to be freed from the chains of their sex role which says they can't be weak, can't cry, can't fake second place, can't be warm and sensitive. "Men are oppressed by always having to appear to have power." JUDGING a men's beauty contest put women in an unusual role -- part of an experiment to show a need for men's liberation. Men's liberation means "getting in touch with one's humanity." Farrell, author of the book, "The Liberated Man: Freeing Men am! Their Relationships with Women," may h a v e become one of the first liberated men when he gave up his political science teaching position at Rutgers University three years ago so his wife could become a While House Fellow. Now based back in New York and teaching Sociology of Sex Roles at Brooklyn College, he has been criss-crossing the c o u n t r y promoting his book, espousing m e n ' s liberation, and trying to raise men's consciousness with a beauty contest and an experiment in reversing dating roles. "We tend to look at the women's liberation movement from a one-sex perspective," he told a crowd of 400 at Long Beach Slate University W e d n e s d a y night, " B u t in Sweden they call it a sex role debate, because that's what the movement is all about, breaking clown Ihe sex roles." DURING the course of the five-hour session, men learned how it felt to be asked on a date while the women tried to see "how far" they could get. More than one man reported becoming shy, frightened and wanting to run away -- and u n d e r s t a n d i n g more how women feel. A f t e r the beauty contest, men said they felt like slabs of beef, or felt a personal rejection w h e n not selected as finalists. "Part of me theme," says Farrell, "is to show how women are in beauty contests every day of (heir lives and how men arc f o r c e d to b« judges of daily beauty contests." Pointing out the confine- menls men face, Farrell "LITTLE BOY Sweet Potato," third from and provide an insight into the pressures left, was declared winner in beaty contest women undergo. Male contestants report t designed to spoof women's beauty contests becoming overly body conscious. s a y s , boy children a r c conditioned lo be less emotionally responsive. When a boy child cries, both parents take longer to pick him up, he says quoting psychological studies. "Parents talk In and touch their boy children less than female children and hold them 'further from t h e body when they do touch them." As adulls, he says men find they cannot open up emotionally to their male friends. "If lie opens up emotionally with his boss, he'll find his 'weakness' thrown back al him when he wants a promotion. If he opens up and reveals his insecurities to his peers, they'll leak out his weaknesses lo the boss be- c a u s e t h e y w a n t t h e promotion as much as he docs. "As a result, a lot of men feel they can only re- veal their weaknesses to Ihe woman they are living with. She supports him." To a round of laughter and applause, he a d d s t h a t women, in effect, become "Jock straps, supporting but not showing." M E N PACK s t r o n g pressure tint lo give up Iho traditional American male role, he says. "Notice [he advcrtiscmenls and how they make use of tlic success objecl campaign. They Iwisl men's insecurities." lie quotes one liquor ad which says "lo llmsc who said you wouldn't go far," buying a certain brand of scotch "will show wliiit a man you arc." Successful men suffer a high number of heart at- lacks so inslead of t h e male role giving security. Farrell maintains, it gives higher anxiety. And even WARREN Farrell, author, campaigns for male liberation at Long Beach State University. Slaff photos by TOMSUAW though both a man and Ills wife may work, Ihc problems of masculinity arc reinforced hy Hie "psycho- l o g i c a l communication" that the breadwinner rnlc is slill his, anil thai if the f a m i l y goes into the poor house, the (null is still his. "An imporlanl jiolnl is thai sharing responsibility for Ihc income gives a man m o r e option lo rethink his life, lo decide whul he would enjoy doing rather than what would See MALE, Page A-M /"INDEPENDENT (AMI PRESS-TELEGRAM IF Men and women seek mutual freedom (life/style \ F r t - , Marcll IF, l»/4 l"*tr f.Mtlrrurn, rrfirr* When staunch feminist Betty Brooks and David EUingson, a campus minister who espouses male liberation, get together, the sparks are supposed to fly. Both consider themselves oppressed and both declare that the only way one can fully understand the oppression of the other is to experience it "He can tell me be understands how women arc oppressed, but he's never had babies. He doesn'l know what it is to be turned in against yourself when you're a teen-ager," says Ms. Brooks. "She's right," says Ellingson. "But what she doesn't understand is that men are more oppressed than women -- and the men don't know iL The oppression of women is very clear, but men are in smaller boxes. Men arc kept in smaller definition patterns." The two liberationism throw down the gauntlet, in effect, as part of a workshop, tonight and Saturday at Long Beach State University. The workshop, set for 4 to 10 tonight and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in room 151 of the Psychology Building (fee is $30), grew out of a conversalion-turned-argument Brooks and Ellingson actually had. Now the argument is used as a dramatic lake off spot for the central point of the workshop, which is: FOR*BETTY Willis Brooks, a teacher with Women's Studies and the Continuing Education de- partmenl, "The goal is that people get hold of the magnificence of life. For me, that means letting go of the roles you feel you have lo play. "We're killing each olher wilh Ihe piclures we have of each other. H's not a question of malcness or (emaleness. It's more. Roles keep us from being who we really arc." For David Ellingson. Lutheran minister for the LBSU campus, the goal is that "we become more comfortable with who we are, that we broaden the Dear Mother Earth By LYNN AND JOEL R A P P DEAR MOTHER EARTH: I've seen in one or two of your previous columns that you've picked a series of "birlhplants" -- plank that coincide wilh a person's zodiac sign. You've talked about one or two. but how about a tisl of all the zodiac plants? I'd really like to give my friends plants that correspond wilh their signs. -- H C DEARH.C.: Okay, here's Ihe list. We'll deal with (he reasons we've chosen each individual plant for the particular sign of the zodiac with which it's linked on a month- to-month basis. For instance, this month's birthplant is the False Aralia, or Aralia Elegantissima. which we discussed in detail rcccnlly. The full lisl -- the Mother Earth Horloscopc -- is: Aries, Begonia; Taurus, the Slaghorn fern; Gemini, Piggy-back Plant: Cancer. Maidenhair Fern; Leo, Croton; Virgo. Sansevieria; Libra, Draccna; Scorpio. Spider Plant. Sagittarius, Coleus; Capricorn, Chinese Evergreen; Aquarius. Ivy; and Pisces, False Aralia. It might be fun for you to think about Ihe characteristics of Ihe plants and Ihe signs, and see if you can guess w h y our astrologer friend matched them up lhal way. Maybe you have ideas for different plants [or some of the signs. If you do. why not drop us a" note and let us in on your theories In the meantime. Happy Birthday lo all you False Aralias and happy growing' (1! you have any questions to ask REAR MOTHER EARTH, send them in care of Independent. Press-Telegram. As many as possible will be used in this column.) terms to what is human. Belty and 1 arc examples of two people willing to take risks. We are victims of different kinds of slavery. For women the slavery is overt and violent It is more a covert, psychological violence that happens to men and they don't know It "Using a Biblical reference, God told Ihc Israelites 'I'm taking you out of the slavery of Egypl and into the Promised Land.' "Bui lo get to any promised land you have lo go through the wilderness and that takes risk, faith and courage. Men arc afraid to leave the womb; they say let's not get involved in all this, it's loo scary. Most people want lo stay enslaved in Egypt." The workshop, which uses games, body movement and the films, "Men's Lives," and "Growing Up Female," centers on three questions: Who am I? Who does society say I am? A n d , what is my vision for the future? "We're not trying to impose our values on others," says Ellingson. "We emphasize flexibility. We're frying to lead people out of the uncomfortable- ness, the growing pains that come wilh stretching your mind, inlo a comfortableness, In a supportive setting." BETTY BROOKS describes herself at -12 as a prnilucl of Ihe "Silent 50s" which held lhal Unaccepted thing for a woman lo do was get married. She's a white middle-class woman who wcnl through "Uic suburban scene," she says. A woman wilh a high powered education who conformed to what she now calls an illusion. Believing in (his illusion of marital bliss, she says, she quil her career to have children and live in suburbia and, as Phyllis Clicsslcr says in Ihe book "Women and Madness," quietly went "mad." "II was an illusion. 1 knew I could not stay long. You can'l slay in that stale. Marriage is for Iwo. Parenting is for Iwo. ll's nol just his role to make money and it's not jusl my role to raise children." She slill lias her husband and f a m i l y , and still lives in suburbia, but she's been back lo her career See. MEN AND Page A-l I DAVID ELLINGSON HKTTY BUOOKS I SOCIALLY SPEAKING ·Traveling--by sea and afoot By JOYCE CHRISTENSEN (Carolyn McDowell returns Sundayl LITTLK-EXIM-OIIED islands in (tie Caribbean were ports of call for Judge Max and Norma Wi.sol who flew to San Juan (n board a Greek cruise ship for a restful vacation, enjoying the rich scenery and even richer Greek delicacies aboard ship. They relumed Monday nighl and Norma skipped unpacking in favor of attending lawyers' Wives meeting Tuesday at Carolee Clayton's home. Olhcr action of the day was a vote to forego Ihe group's traditional fashion show in favor of a Monte Carlo Night May 22. BILL BENNETT, lieutenant governor of Kiwanis, has challenged presidents of civic organizations throughout town !o meet or beat his record in the March of Dimes Walkathon Saturday. Bill collected 1500 in pledges from his own Uptown Kiwanis Club last year by walking 13 miles of the 20-mile route. He ran the last mile. A member of Ihe March of Dimes Board of Directors. Bill numbers among his valued possessions his membership in its "Order of the Battered Bool" in recognition of his participation in each Walkathon Any takers'" BELATED birthday greetings to Sarabel (Mrs. George) Jarvis who celebrated her 100th birthday March 1 al .1 family dinner. Hosts (or the centennial event were her son. Russell, daughters. Ruth Jarvis and Evelyn Jarvis Sherman, and their families. Sarab e l . 3 L o n g B e a c h resident since IS29, joined Woman's City Club in 1930 and was chosen as Mother of the Year in 1969. She also has been active in First B.iplisi Church and served as president of the Goldtn Circle Class. RICK RACKERS, junior auxiliary to Assistance League of Ixng Beach -- most of them young moth- ers -- give volunteer service year m and year out on Iwhalf of other children, t h r o u g h projects such as. Girls Club, scholarships and Operation School Hell which provides clothing for umlcrprivilcgcii youngsters. Once a year, they beam their light toward young people who have won their musical scholarships. So it was recently when John Lum of Marshall Junior High and Scott Hopson of Lindbergh Junior High, violinists, entertained ;il Ihe group's a n n u a l Service lo Youth program al League Also heard were members of Lindbergh Junior High's guitar group -- Luis Vasquez, I'am Laudermilk, Tammy Knglish. Diane I'armeUrr, Hobin Johns and Jim Crawford. A special treat was a talk by Sanla l/wis, a student at I-ong Beach Stale University, who related her feelings during Ihe days she was a junior high student participating in the Girls Club program. Others honored during Ihe day were Nancy Mahan, director of Tichenor Orlhopcdic Clinic for Children which each year receives $1.200 from Rick Rackers for purchase of corrective shoes; Murray Sokoloff of the Office of Guidance Services, Board of Education; Dorothy Wagner Wise. R i c k Kackcr Woman of the Year; Joan Lucas, vice president in charge of auxiliaries; Dclphine K a u f m a n , chairman of Operation School Btll and Kose I f a m m , chairman of franklin Junior-Ellcs Karen Williams. Jeanne lovine and Sitzy McDannel were in charge of arrangements lor the day. Making it a lull week, RR board members and spouses entertained sponsors and advisors. Honored at cocktails and dinner were John and Maxine Co chran, Ollie and Marguerite Sptraw, Judge Bill and Elaine Winston. Richard and Melva Miller, William and Kay Nesbilt, fJr. Floyd and Virginia Todd, Ken and Beverly Wing, Max and Thelnore Nichols, W. Odie and Ruth Wright and Theodore and Oramat Wrhli. Kalic Wchbi.-r, there with husband Hub, was party planner OTHER NEWS of young people: ...Si-venlren excited mcrnlicrs of Hrnwnir Girl Scout Troop No. I. Greater l/jng Beach Girl Scout Council, were nn hand :it l/is Angeles InlernalionaJ Air|orl laM week to greet the arrival of Holly Ford in Ihc Southland. Old hands al greeting First Ladies, members of Troop No. I parliripaleri in ceremonies dcdic.-iling Ihc Patricia Nixon Elementary School. Ccrrilns. in 197-1. I.ynne [lengle of I/ing 1! ach. student al Western State University College of Law, Fullerlon, was lalibcd Irir Who's Who Among Students in American Universities arxJ Colleges Another honor comini! her way was th'' school's annual Judge William L. Murray Scholarship Scheduled In graduate in June, l.ynmr has the highest grade-point average in her class ...Among five USC Song Girls who recently toured Japan and performed al the Japan Bowl in Tokyo were Dolly Xachary of Torrance and D'Arcy Dietrich of Downey. During Ihejr slay, the girls had dinner with Japan's prime minister la USC alumnus) ami met members of the Tokyo L'SC Alumni Association The USC Song Girls recently were named Ihc top song girl group of IfrtMS by Ihe Inlcrnatinonal Chfctrlfa'lini! Foundation .. Kicron Smith of Huntington Reach pledged Kappa Delta on the campus of Texas Christian University. Fort Worth. Ttx. .. Kvannc Christian of Long lieach is in competition for the annual M S . Slocum award for Ihe most .significant Uok collection at Scripps, a member of Garemonl Colleges Her entry, "A Treasury of World Drama," may fx: seen along wilh other entries at Donison Library on Ihc Scripps campus Saturday through April T

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