Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 17, 1974 · Page 6
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 6

Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, May 17, 1974
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French Woman Writes a Book to Expose the American Women -..,. ... . ..... .... . . .... -*- ..TV,,, Amoripan wnman has and a constant | By Elias Antar PARIS (AP) - American women are artificially feminine, burdened with a satisfying liaisons, and make ' identity crisis, are fanatical super-woman complex, prefer smothering mothers. perfectionists, cut off from auick affairs to more They also suffer from an business and politics, and live Marilyn J. Eischeid-KHS Carol J. Irlmeier-KHS Debra K. Goetiinger — KHS Kevin E Wittrock - KHS Beverly A. Schroeder — KHS Roxanne M. Green —KHS Gary Lynn Hoffman —KHS Terry Hulsebus-CHS Sharon E. Kanne-KHS Stephen J. Schulz-KHS Joni Mary Seidl —KHS Jerome W. Wieland-KHS CONGRATULATIONS: Class of 74 for your splendid achievement! We're proud of the Graduates of Carrol! & Kuemper High School Gregory J. Kennebeck-KHS Kathryn Mary Sibbel-KHS EDDIE QUINN Clothier Thomas R. Schrad-KHS James M. Rj c ke-KHS Joseph P. Thielen-KHS Eugene Nepple —CHS Robert A. Schulte-KHS Theodore Nam —CHS Betty Johnston —CHS Alan Peter Oswald-KHS CONGRATULATIONS o Michael P. McCaffrey-KHS Kuemper High School Carroll High School Mary Kay Reicks-KHS in a constant state of anxiety. That's what the French are being told in a new book about American women written by a Parisian mother who has lived 14 years in the United States. She says American women have assumed these traits because U.S. society is still largely a male preserve despite recent efforts by the Women's Liberation Movement. The book says it will be a long time before things change. The book, called "American Women," has had growing success in the five months it has been out and the red-haired author, Mrs. Ingrid Haussamen, has appeared on TV talk shows and before women's groups to tell more. She was even asked to explain American women in an appearance before an improbably audience — the Paris chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution. "It was very lively and we shot down a lot of cliches," Mrs. Haussamen said. "French women believe a whole lot cliches about American women," Mrs. Haussamen said in an interview. "They think they are man-eaters who hang aprons on their husbands, turn them into slaves and kill them. "That's the idea they get from the movies or from friends who visited the United States briefly," she added. "Then, from the tourists they see here, they think American women wear mink stoles, flowered hats, cackle all the time and display a 100 per cent American smile." Mrs. Haussamen, about 45, is married to an American economist and has traveled across the United States. She studied for 18 months at Radcliffe and Harvard before writing the book ''to understand America better and to explain to French Times Herald, Carroll, la. The American woman has a superwoman complex,' CARROLL AUTOMOBILE DEALER ASSOCIATION HERMAN FORD-MERCURY, Inc. McCARVILLE & SON MOTORS CO. JOHN WHALEY CHEVROLET, Inc. WITTROCK MOTOR CO. PETERS MOTORS INC. GM TRANSPORTATION CENTER __ Mrs. Haussamen says in the .!. h "" d . a . y/Mav ' 7 ' 1974 book. "Her American character forces her to accumulate all sorts of crushing roles: To be a perfect housewife, but also a well-informed citizen who reforms and organizes society, without neglecting activities that can develop her personality and that of those around her..." But "the American woman women how American women really are." There was lots of misunderstanding, she said. "I spoke to a group of 40 women in a Paris suburb who were terribly aggressive toward America and Americans. They imagined it to be a mechanical, inhuman society and openly wondered how I could have married an American. "I had to yell above the din to explain about American women," she added. After the exchange, Mrs. Haussamen related, one mink-stoled member of the audience came up to her and said she now realized that "American women are not as selfish, avaricious and chauvinistic as we are." The 300-page book deals with the role of women in early U.S. history and then focuses on the American female psyche, the suburban family, women in politics and business and American women and sex. In passing, Mrs. Hussamen takes a swipe at the locker-room spirit that she says pervades American society, and the fascination with virility that afflicts men in the United States. The book argues that since early American history men and women have had to assume separate but complementary duties simply to survive. Mrs. Haussamen calls this "an alliance for progress" that put women in charge of teaching and public morals, making them "the custodians of America's conscience." This arrangement worked satisfactorily until affluence, the breakup of family life and the advent of the mobile society caused severe strains. is now torn between an appearance of total freedom and a constant process of social conformity," she adds. "The traditional female role strangles her: Sex object, majorette, mother or volunteer, and saviour of civilization. "The American woman is anguished because of her need for femininity," she says. Permanent anxiety...constant effort and the explosions of the imperial self exclude the American women from intimate and deep experiences. Cynthia Ann Frank —KHS Kevin Fee-KHS Congratulations Class of 74 BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY FUTURE SHOPM and FRANK'S PLBG. & HTG. 309 N. Clark i John Heuton-CHS Cynthia E. Halbur-KHS Bruce Gehling-CHS Sandra Marie Eischeid —KHS CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 1974 ANDREWS ROOFING & SHEET METAL, INC Kathy M. Kemper-KHS CARROLL Randall N. Leiting-KHS Steven Schaefer —CHS Karen Hambleton —CHS Jane R. Wiedemeier — KHS Stephen J. Hoffman-KHS Sharon Ann Maher — KHS Cheryl Day-CHS Best Wishes For A Bright Future To The Kuemper & Carroll High Cl^ss of 74 J PO R AT E O ECONOMICAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

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