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on Your Christmas List T-or liny lims '::-:-', " .:; V iM S I- Vf. :.: , i - , ") -V"! i t . aiiMaY yri i n" 1 i --n -i i i i mm n ii lin i ii i 1 1 ii i la flngcle fct 17" 1 TWV 7 R PART IV TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1971 JACK SMITH Suffocating in Suffixes As a man who likes both the English language and the liberated woman, I'm naturally troubled by what appears to be a conflict between the two. To its several unexceptionable goals the National Organization for Women has lately added the alteration of the language to eliminate thesuffix "man," or the use of "man" in any form meaning people in general, either male or female; , Wilma Scott Heide,, the president of NOW, wants us to say congresspeople, instead of congressmen. When only one congressperson . is meant either a congressman or a congresswo-man the term would be congressone. . V So, in the .general, "one," being sexless, would take the place of either man or woman. Instead of salesman, or saleswoman,1 we would say salesone. It would be telephone lineone, instead of lineman, and Fuller Brush one, instead of Fuller Brush 'man.: :::r-?'r'-::r':' ''. :'' "r';- - As I say, I love the language, and I have no wish to guard it from useful change. That's the nature of a language, It grows in its own way and must be accepted as it is. But I think the language tends to lose clarity, force and. imagery when a specific word is displaced by a general word'. Sex is more interesting than no sex. Man" is more interesting than "one," and woman is more interesting than both. Evidently NOW is willing to drop the long-tried but never quite successful "woman" used in place of "man," as in chairwoman, congresswoman and helmswoman. Certainly the woman is awkward in such words as penwomanship,. .lifewomanship, oneupswomanship and oarswomanship. But "one" is not much of an improvement. Oneupsoneship is especially difficult to manage, with the double one.: . '. :..--.'. i Mrs. Heide notes that significant changes in society are reflected, sooner or later, in the lan- " gudgc. nut u vv uucoii o waiii, ty ivon iui wc 1 liberation of women to change the language. , "We'll change the language first," she says. Mrs, Heide is right in saying the language re-. fWts finHal fhanpf Wars and l-evolutionl and 'upheavals of all kinds leave new words and mean-, ntt Rrnttprpfl hhlnrT them liko HehHs from a hi ; parade. . ' But it isn't easy to force new words and usages' ..on the language by sheer righteousness and. vigor. Sometime in the 19th century, evidently, a feminist movement pushed the use of the suffix "ess," to ' distinguish a woman from a man in any of the various trades, professions and pursuits then opening up to women., " Some of these ess words have survived. We have actress, waitress and stewardess; sorceress,, adulteress and enchantress. They are in the main- 1 stream. We never say a woman is an actor or an ., enchanter or adulterer. It wouldn't sound right. -.'V:''. :.r'vh': .-Cv'"-:.- " ; But all the others, once so hopefully introduced, have vanished, or if occasionally they are heard,, sound comic and archaic. A woman is no longer an authoress or a paintress or even a poetess. We no longer have sculptresses and instructresses. Ame-r ' lia Earhart was our last aviatress, and pur last avi- , atrix, too, one should hope. , , . . , H; Ii. Mencken noted that the English tried to solve this problem by putting a lady at the front of the word, instead of an ess at its end. Thus,' they had lady-doctors, lady-golfers and lady-inspectors. In America, the Union Pacific Railroad as late as World War II tried calling its women-flagmen flag-ladies, but gave it up. It was another the Pennsylvania, that seems to have disposed of the dilemma sensibly by giving its wartime female' trainmen caps marked neither trainlady nor train-woman, but simply trainman. . . i ? It is only, an illusion the lady-semanticists are fighting. The word trainman doesn't mean a man who works on trains. It means a person who -works on trains. Women are quite welcome to the word. The same is true of congressman, clergy- man and postman. . ; On the other hand, if the women are serious about this if they really want to emasculate the language to be consistent they will have to drop ' the man from woman itself. ' Maybe Mrs. Heide will get the ball rolling by . changing the name of NOW to the National Organization for Wo People. - ' THE VIEWS INSIDE BOOKS: "Once There Was a Giant" by Harlan Ellison .-: on Page 8. .r . . . MOVIES: "Modern Times" by Kevin Thomas on Page 1 1. MUSIC: LA. Master Chorale by Orrin Howard ca Page : 12. . ,.; ,!,;"'. : . "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Fredric Milstein on Page 12. Pasadena Winter Festival by Richard Cromelin on Page 10. ' AND OTHER FEATURES Dear ABby ..;.. Page 5 Comics ...... .Page 19 Astrology Page 5 Joyce Haber ...Page 14 Bridge Pag 2 Roundabout . . . .Page 7. Cecil Smith is on vacation. V' 4 , f : " mmmmmmxm 1! .. - JilillfifllBP isiiii gmsmm iiiiplil .1, :sif. JMT - la mmU ill ifitiiir 1 lillf , IIli f m JJ W0r 1 - a - - - --j raeg .... -,-. n. ,.., VI EVERYTHING NICE Pamela Pande, '8 of Fullerton, tells Santa vhat she' would like" for- Christmas. BY JIARJIE DRISCOLL TimM Staff Wrltir ' Santa doesn't need much help with his Christmas shopping until he gets to the list marked "handicapped children." "That's when I call on the experts," he said. "They know a lot more about handicapped children than I do, and they're happy to suggest gifts they will enjoy and use." "Handicapped child" is a broad term meaning simply that the youngster has, as Webster puts it, "a disadvantage that makes achievement unusually difficult." j Such a disadvantage may affect the child's physical, mental or emotional health or any combination of the three, and it may have been caused by a hereditary disease, an injury (or1 lack of oxygen) at birth or an accident at some time in his life. "Except for the inherited diseases, these things aren't too important when it comes to selecting a gift for. a particular child," Albert Ross, principal of the Baden Powell Orthopedic Unit in Anaheim, '' said. Vv. ' ' '" "' , "What you should know are the child's strengths and limitations and in the case of hereditary ill- ness, whether it is progressing.- ' ; "Other than that, safety is the main factor to be ' considered plus, the child's ability to use the toy." Ross believes toys should be an extension of the learning process and should provide "therapy as well as fun." ; ; : . 'Must Know the Child' "WheeJ toys are . good for children if they can manipulate and work them," he said, "and windup toys are fine if the child has the strength to wind them. But not every child has enough fine muscle coordination that's why you must know the child." :V- r , ' . . . An occupational therapist at Carl Harvey School for the Orthopedically Handicapped in Santa Ana said therapy there utilizes a developmental sequence, working from gross to fine motor activities.' , :': ; i ' "Toys can be chosen which parallel this sequence,," she said, "but it's important to choose something the child can be successful in." For very young children and those with severe handicaps she recommended rubber or plastic balls (they : encourage the .use of both hcfnds), "crawligators" (which help coordinate arms and legs) and mobiles . which make the child follow with his eyes and reach. :.j Gift possibilities for the somewhat older child include music toys (to hold the attention), pop-beads and wooden' stringing beads (for hand-eye coordination) and such things as button boards and lace-up wooden shoes which help the child practice dressing. , . ' Many of the youngsters who receive therapy at Carl Harvey School are victims of cerebral palsy, while others were hurt in accidents or born with spina bifida (open spine). Such disabilities affect each child in varying degrees and no two children even those with the same handicap are the same. - . Please Turn to Pafie 4, Col. 1 ii nimoi mumiiii mi wm 1 1, 1111111 in ii. i iiijiiinL. i.iii immm m rm - ii ii mil' nwiipiiiii i " hi i iwiifiiii w""iif i'TT"ijniiwririp""Bii"j""" r;i ' ""T '' '' ' """"vw,w, M :l . ' . -A - -' . Vv" u' j?0M i! ! i.-'Di. pin 5 - '"-J 1 , . w 5 ... ; s SPREADING THE. WORD Harry 'Britton .believes) a housewife's, place is in the home, and when, his wife took a Job he-moved out and stationed himself by the, White House where he argues his case. Times photo by James H. Pickerell i . ? . it:- ! VOICE. OF HUSBAND'S LIB Wheii She Took Job, He Took to Street ' BY MARLENE CIMONS t ? ,' , ' - Tlmt Staff Wrlttr : ' .: . . . WASHINGTON Those who scoff and make fun ; of the sight of -women's Ub picketers needonly look'.as far. as Harry Britton.- r. . ' v.- Pity poor Harry. He's 46 and' lives in self-im-J posed exile at the GospeTMission here for $1.05 a Z day (including two meals), and hopes someday to -go back to .his wife and three children in Erie, Pa. But Harry is stubborn and for the past 14 months he has put on his signs and kept a lonely vigil by the White House, not too far away from the demonstrating. Quakers, who are asking for peace. "My wife and I argued for three years about her ' working, until one day she just packed my suitcases and told me to go fly a kite, Bntbn"said.?I . left and I won't go back until she quits her job and - promises to obey me." ' ; t. r Harry considers himself the voice' of oppressed . husbands everywhere and has taken on the chore . of spreading Uie word. ; ." I "Wives are supposed to be keepers of the home and obedient to their husbands," he said. "It's just too much for a woman to work two Jobs a paying : " job as weir as her work in the home. I believe, a (housewife's work is never done. She had a job as a Wretary and she'd come home after typing all day - - Please Turn to Page 2, CoL 5 MOVIE REVIEW Kubrick's Vision of 'Clockwork' BY CHARLES CHAMPLIN i Tlmw Entertainment Editor . . Stanley Kubrick i3 the most consistently Interesting director now working in English. He is adamantly independent, living almost reclusively on a country estate outside London where he has offices and editing rooms and from which he oversees every aspect of his films including advertising and the shape of the theaters in which they're previewed. He has an enormously wide-ranging curiosity and a horror of repeating himself. He undertakes any project which strikes him as important, no matter : how forbidding the technical problems seem to be, because he has no peer as a problem-solving and innovating cinematic technologist. . He is one of the least collaborative men in a coj-" laborative medium, and films as dissimilar in handling as "Paths of Glory," "Lolita," "Dr. Strange-love," "Space Odyssey" and now "A Clockwork Orange" confirm his singular vision. , , . Brilliant Satire Few men would have ventured to translate Anthony Burgess' darkly brilliant satire on a future (but only slightly future) Britain which is being terrorized by violent, ' drugged teen-agers who speak a strange private slang of their own. - (The reader of the novel could infer that Britain had been under Russian domination in one form or another, and the language, which the teeners called nadsat, is a mixture of cockney rhyming slang and Russian derivatives. "Horrorshow,". meaning wonderful in Burgess' Britain, stems, with ingenious irony, from the Russian word for wonderful.) What links ?A Clockwork Orange" to earlier Ku-' brick films is not only its cinematic challenge but its harsh and pessimistic view of humankind as : dominated andor endangered by weak and nasty fools. Even the machines were nasty in "Space Odyssey," and the cryptic, distant optimism Kubrick hinted at in the end lay not only, over the rainbow but through a space-warp. Kubrick's "Clockwork Orange" is violent, crude, cold, profoundly gloomy, now and again blackly funny and, as a piece of movie-making, alternately dazzling and curiously static and overlong. Bored Teen-ager " ' Burgess' narrator, and Kubrick's, is a bored teen-ager (well-played by Malcolm McDowell) who with his droogs or pals hangs around the Kor-. ova Milkbar, where they spiked the milk with vol- locet, synthemesc or drencrom and other hallucin-ogenics, some of which whet the appetite for ultra-violence. . ' : The hero, Alex, is a sadist, murderer, rapist, but also a lover of classical music, especially Beethoven and Mozart. He's adrift in a new world not only of available drugs but of Instant sex and strident sensuality used as consolation prizes by the intimidated adults. Burgess envisioned a kind of new Dark Ages in which what survived of literacy cowered in secret behind locked doors.-' J Alex, jailed for the brutal murder of a neurotic lady who keeps cats (Miriam Karlin), is brainwashed, under an experimental new program, Into a conditioned revulsion at violence. He becomes a handy ploy for unscrupulous politicians who set ' - Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 1

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