Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 27, 1970 · Page 24
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 24

Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, May 27, 1970
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Women's Liberation Life's Like That Nofhing Has Been the Same Since By LYNN SHERR Asuciatod Pr«t Writtr "Nothing has been Ihe same since." Thus, one young woman's awakening to women's liberation -- a response that may reflect what the movement has done lo the entire country. Through anti-feminist eyes, women's liberalion has been largely read as Ihe newest fad of the fad-makers in New York's radical East Village, or on Boston's .cultured campuses or among San Francisco's sit- in-for-everything supporlers. Bul, · away from the avant- garde whirl, what reaction has women's liberation aroused? True, while many of the female aclivisls have sprung full- grown from Ihe forefront of leftist groups, the resurgence of feminism that'they have inspired derives as much from being locked out of the executive office to wash diapers as il does from being sluck behind Ihe barricades lo-paint poslers. Wide-Ranging Women's lib groups in lowns across America range from the National Organization of Women -- NOW -- whose ex-president, Belly Friedan, wrote "The Feminine Mystique" in 1963 (and is credited with activating housework-soggy minds) lo the more radical New York Feminists (and member Ti-Grace Atkinson, who is usually quoted denouncing marriage and motherhood) to the way-oul WITCH- cs _ Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell. Multi-splintered in atlilude and slyle, mosl feminisls nonetheless accepl Ihe loose unifying term. "Women's Liberation 1 ' since, in the end, they share more similarities than dissensions. Numbers are hard to judge because new groups -- cozy rap sessions or formal NOW chapters _ surface almost daily. Estimates range from 5,000 to 500,000 followers -- and when you learn thai the mailing list o: a Nashville group is 75, and tha the YWCA is turned on to it and thai the New England Free Press has sold over 10,000 cop ies of al leasl three differen women's lib articles from its catalogue of 21, well, then the movement could be any size. Women, after all, do comprise 61 per cent of the population A silent majority? Not quite -- especially Out There, in the Middle America so frequently cited as the real pulse of Ihe na lion. They care deeply -- almos painfully'-- a fad that becomes clearer when you realize tha women's lib is less a movemen than an altitude. Or so it seems from the diary of one reporter who travelled tc measure feminine reaction. BOSTON' -- A young Irish op, white-skinned and Kennedy-accented, casually twirls lis nightstick and says, almost ike a dare, "You won't like it i the man's world." He is ;uarding the doors of a women- nly lecture at Emmanuel Col- Inside, radical sociologist tfarlene Dixon has just spent lie last two hours talking about ow the cop was right, how women aren't really eager for be man's world at all -- and hat Female Liberation has lo hange the entire structure of oeiety. "The whole business of tie women's movemenl is clear- y revolutionary," she says, her- elf a boot-out from the Univer- ily of Chicago facully ("for my jolitieal aclivily"), now leading al McGill University but mostly doing the women's lib eclure lour. Her audience num- iers about 40 mostly in jeans and long silky hair and smoking cigarettes. One "sisler" punclu- tes Dixon's statements with ervid cries of "Dig it, dig it!" Otherwise, passivity. Short Stature NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y ?etly Friedan, a wooden cruci- ix dangling above her head, a 'Human Stalus for Women" mtton on her dress, barely reaches the podium. The Col- ege of New Rochelle is Catho- ic, female and suburban, bul onighl Ihe audience is almost nixed: about 200 sludenls, two dozen women past 40, one priesl, tv^ nuns and Ihree civil- an men. Half-an-hour's bumpy Irain ride oul of Manhattan, Ihey lear the author of "The Feminine Mystique" laud in a loud msky voice, "the massive finished revolution of women to warcUull equality, human free on^iid identity^" Knowing laughler greels Mrs Friedan's observalion: "In Ihe churches, you have the men preaching {he sermons and th women making the rag dolls ou of dish cloths for the bazaars. She calls for a new kind of fam ly struclure, bul calms Ihe fear ful: "The women calling fo test-lube babies and sayin 'down with love, sex marriag and men', these fringe group show not the real direction this movement, but the degre of the rage of women." First Case Won DURHAM, N.C. -- The ai plane is late; the travellin salesmen, soused; the Bilox born stewardess, accommodating. "Honey, ah'll git you any- Ihing your heart desires -- within reason," she drawls, salesman explodes with laughter. "Inleresling," observes Betty Friedan, now en route to speak al Duke Universily. "One of the rst cases we NOW was lei married stewardesses keep orking." In the speech at Duke, she de- ores the sterotypic image of en: "the big muscle, bear-kill- g, Ernest H e m i n g w a y pes;" and she deplores "the letto of America's suburbs, ith only people under 3 feet gh to talk to every day." A young woman in faded ans, her red hair loosely aught in a single braid, shifts er bawling, infant son to her usband. He, a hint of mustache his youthful face, takes the aby out. The other tells me lat- in a faint Tennessee accent, We just always agreed to split e housework and baby care :ly-fifly. My parents don't un- erstand -- Ihey think he's help- g me with my work, that he's hanging a diaper for me." NEW ORLEANS - Bourbon treel claims two dislinctions: le world's tallest stripper and ic nation's largest cast of fe- lale impersonators. Roxanne Dunbar, a Boston jeralionist now transplanted to ir native south, meets me for inner. She is with ideology -- so that we can get ·id of the myths." Women's Day Sunday is International Women's Day, and about 50 women attended a day-long workshop at a local YWCA. They are moslly young, bul married and single, mothers and childless, radicals and those "just getting started." Amidst one group of rather average-looking young women in lazy Sunday morning clothes, a blonde in basic black with clunky-heeled sandals and silver loop earrings, says, "It seems lo me women really have great deal today if they, play the right game. I have a man who accepts my independence and allows me plenty of my own interests. I don't understand this movement." Once a Queen NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The office of Molive Magazine--a Methodist-sponsored very hip periodical across from Vanderbill Universily which has a quo- la on female sludenls. Among the nine women speaking freely is Maggie Heggen, a free-lance jopped-off cereal brown hair- ut, divorced ("I had six years numerated in a sofl bul firm oice her women's lib demands: ree 24-hour child care, free elf-defense Iraining for young ual income (for children, loo) emoval of present birlh-conlro ills from Ihe market, research uto safer contraceptives am ato the ed," admits Kalhy, a working By S j n e s S ComCT mother who looks like a West Side peace marcher. "And it H-P Shares Profit* was a surprise to find, even in Over $299,000 was added my marriage, that a few things![he area economic picture were'wrong. And realizing that IHE COULD ALW/W FIND SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME. t,; in r'T ne ,e are too manv days 1 " 1 j ' ! ' " " f ''TMg" firs visi ! ed - ! when" he comes home-: and Britain last year, exceeding I I f l i n f o ' c - nit H i n M n r MM Mm t - i l l l n ; ' 1968 S t O l H DV 25 DCl' CCm. FOP for a Woman's Centerjnext, fraternities the next. lfs!t h e I C ! n " dm "°' "" llll! 1 ' lbl! ' i l h c fil . st linl e. m0 re Americans frame glasses and a red banda- U l . Ul V V l _l-Xl \ » l i u u uui. j \ - « u ,-n 1 1_ ' J F f that housewife thing"). She na. She has been married for two years. "When we first got married we had very typical attitudes," she says. "But now we have this iris, equal pay, guaranteed an- whole new way of relating. It's ' ' '"""" : ~' '-'--ship . . . only very incestuous." (giggle) The group explains how been trying to get Wed., May 27, 1970 CJREELEY TRIBUNE Page 27 to the feminine mystique' pertains through the Hewlett-Packard Company's Loveland Divisions profit sharing distribution to to me, to everyone, not just toj],628 eligible employes. everyone else." I Profit sharing is a key benefit A 40-plus politician, she' 10 l l p employes which has been . . u , u , 'ni existence since the company laughs about her recent URSULA f d d m lm T cessful candidacy. "Ihoy wanH shal ,. rh( ,,. k , ! flrp m .' ni ed a woman for n i l the wroni/i , " checks are received blonde and doe-eyed, shoos her -, s the «'TMnS|ca'(lh"ycar, one at the midpoint reasons she says. 1 got uie| a n d ,-, ]e o t h e r al (he end ,,, feeling that Id be choosing Ule fjs(;al v( , ar drapes for City Hall. | Hewlett-Packard Co., head- Finally the hostess, artsy. qu1 . [cre( , in Palo At | 0 Ca lif., a major manufacturer of I HAD A LOT MORE- CONFIDENCE IN UK FATHER. tow-head son into the kitchen c ,,,,. t ,.,;,, j , . _ me( ij ca |, and and confesses her story. .analytical instrumentation and "I wanted to be a painlnr. but; t ,, m p u t e ,. s Tne Loveland my husband was still in school; Divisions manufacture a wide and I got pregnant, so I had to, ,. ansc of electronic tesl and quit school and be a housewilc. m c a s u r j n g instruments, and i l had no choice." Now, she. c i cc ironic calculator products. 'says, the pressure i.s on. "I m. 'really very creative. I'd like lo ; design jewelry and clothes. Bur Visitor Total Up lately it's such a hassle w i t h my- hiisban;! now that I'm more into: _ . . _ _ . . LCXNDO.N ,. .. , More than 5 no o n e ' w i l l rent to us, be- good to be a lot of different pen but cause they think as women WP won't lake care of the property." Joanne Cooke, a '68 graduate pie, but you should do it yourself, not through a man." Had No Choice photographer who wears wire O f Raiidolph-Macon where shel DAYTON. Ohio -- "Take the was once a May Court queen,Idamn rib back and leave me describes one women's lib ver-i a lone." of social life. "For one thing, you don't 'dale' anymore. You have a friend -and sometimes he calls you and you can call him, and il doesn'l matter nosl a brolh'er-sisler refation- who pays. I don't keep a whole A Dayton woman has written thai--a housewife. Today they are seven, invited by a young mother--"just a housewife"-- to her huge, corn- chain of men anymore. Thallforlable home on a quiet streel was just a way to keep lots of behind a high school named for interests--to go to drag races|one of America's space heroes, one night, hippie parties thel "I used to think 1 was liberal- It Would Seem visited Britain than any other 'country, 1.2 million in all. NEW YORK - Clearly, this; . . city has no corner on-women's The obsolete Navy and Muni- liberation. New groups are.(j 0 ns buildings in Washington being formed in Iowa, Kansas; a re coming down at last. They City. Dallas. Orange County,| w c r e built in baste on marshy California. They are all varia- ground and gradually have been lions on a single theme: equali-isinking; walls have cracked and ty .. . independence . . . it is re-'floors warped. President Nixon volutionary. Roxanne Dunbar ordered their removal, warning, said, quoling a Boston NOWj according lo the National Genleader: "There is no right wingjgraphic Society, "They are in Women's Lib. We are all left going to be down or some admi- wing.' That's because we're'ral will be an ensign." asking for the bare minimum in; human rights, and that requires! Fresh Hearing Aid Batterlet Ihe overthrow of society." 'Gilbert Rexall Stores. --Adv, Junior Editors Quiz on- CONTINENTS THERE'S A BIG HERB/ DOYOU-BESIN TO see IT? HEY, HOT KIDS QUESTION: Art the continents "hooked on" to the ocean floor? ANSWER: Studying the maps of the time, Francis Bacon, in the late 1500's, noticed that the opposite coast lines of the Americas and of Africa and Europe seemed to fit together in shape. He suggested that they might have been once a single land mass. "Ridiculous!" cried everybody. But in 1915 the idea was revived by a German scientist who had found striking similarities between the rocks and fossils of the two land masses. Then, in 1959, charts made of the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean showed a chain of mountains winding down just in the middle. It was discovered that a great volcanic crack lay underneath these mountains. It seems that Bacon had been right; the continents were once joined something as in our large picture It is thought that volcanic materials spilled ont of the crack and became part of the ocean floor. Very gradually, the sea bottom, with the continents on top, was pushed away from the central ridge in both directions, because more material was constantly welling out. So, over millions of years, the Americas came to their present location to the West; and Europe, Africa and the others moved to theirs to the East. As far M we know, the continents are not "hooked" to th« K* floor, tot ride along on top, r ,, (Janice Boleneof PoncdCity, OUa.. **»a question. You can wfo $10 cask fha APtji World Yearbook if your question, mailtdon a Junior Mton tit tart oj thti *****, * . . try the wildest, coolingest refresh.ngest, most flavorful fruit-flavored drink ever! Available at your favorite grocery store. · 1970 Unlrn Food Ccmjmnlw, In*

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