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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 27

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Fever Spreads 'Rolling Pin' Revolution Is Moving Ahead Full Steam BV TOM TIEDE WASHINGTON (NEA) ^ There is a woman in Maryland who is calling for the boycott ol a national service station chain because she says "their stemwear is lousy." There are ladies in New York who want to boycott Chanel No. 5 perfume because part of the essence is extracted from "tortured" animals. There are gals here and there who hope to boycott the utility companies, X-rated movie theaters, even panty hose manufacturers. And "if the men don't go along with us," snaps one lass, "we'll pull a Lysistrata and boycott them also." THE FEVER is spreading?' Despite only psychological successes during their weeklong consumer action against red meat, significant numbers of American housewives insist the "war against exploitation" will continue. Now organized into a loose federation — the National Consumers Congress — hundreds of I housewives, representing a variety of localized groups, say the Rolling Pin Revolution has begun in earnest. The movement, as Ogden Nash once said is the wont of women, may be more right than reasonable. Critics of such consumer action say that boycotts have no long-term effects. Bruce Butterfield of the National Meat Institute grumps: "The only thing they do is interrupt the flow of goods to the market by discouraging producers from producing." MOREOVER, there is concern that spontaneous boycotting may be a risky undertaking in terms of the national economy. No one worries that a week-long boycott could do any permanent damage — but what about one that lasted a month, six months? George Hagadorn, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, says there is some danger that lengthy boycotts might discourage consumer buying In general, and that could quickly interrupt the nation's current economic upturn. Also, asks a concerned congressional assistant on Capitol Kill, "What if these women really get in over their heads? There is talk about boycotting the Internal Revenue Service. Let's say one million women Determination Jan Alfaro, a Utah housewife who is acting as the National Consumers Congress temporary chairwoman, says the organization is "determined to continue fighting for what we want." NEA frying pan and into the fire? Even some of the housewife llberationists are wondering. Barbara Shuttleworth, the Connecticut housewife who was among the original organizers of the April meat boycott, says she was asked many times during that period if she knew what she was doing. "And I have to admit, I did not. I'm a housewife, not an economist, and there were times during the meat boycott when I became very frightened over the whole affair." So frightened, in fact, Mrs. Shuttleworth says she has not actively joined the expanded boycott movement. She says some of the women she met on the national scene "were scary." She still believes in grassroots consumer action, still is opposed to high food prices — but boycotting gas, perfume or panty hose? Says she: "There has to be a better way!" Despite all this criticism, however, the housewife boycotting will doubtless continue. The National Consumer Congress (composed of about SO activist groups from more than 30 states) has already declared "meatless menus" for Tuesdays and Thursdays, demanded a federally man- The meat boycott was only the begin,' ning, but what to do next is a question getting a lot of different answers from con* sumer activists as their ranks grow. decided to protest high prices by not paying their taxes. The government couldn't put them all in jail. But by not putting them in jail the government would be encouraging others to withhold payment of taxes too. Don't laugh — these women are serious; it could happen." COULD IT HAPPEN? Might the Rolling Pin Revolution be leading the nation out of the dated rollback of food prices and called another national day of protest, May 5. AND, ACCORDING to the women involved, this is only the beginning. Jan Alfaro, blonde, Utah housewife who is acting as NCC's temporary chairwoman, insists the organization and the movement will expand. Money raising schemes are being planned, a newsletter is in the works, bumper stickers may be printed, lapel buttons ("Where can I rent a steak?") are under consideration. "None of us particularly like all this organizing," Mrs. Alfaro admits, "but we are all determined to continue fighting for what we want. AND WHAT do they want? No longer just reduced food market prices. Mrs. Alfaro says NCC is a group for the silent majority, a "grassroots" chance for the consumer to be heard. Price lowering, yes. But there are also angry demands for action in the areas of environmental pollution,, bureaucratic bungling, etc. Example: One NCC sympathizer from Michigan says she thinks it's a "damn shame" that women rape victims have to be tried before "mostly male" juries; she wants a boycott, then, of the court system. The battles ahead will not be easy. The Rolling Pin Revolution is still a chuckle for some ("The women," grins one critic here, "are revolting"). And Mrs. Ethel Rosen of Chicago says she may soon have to choose between boycotts and marriage: "The movement doesn't yet have any money so we all have to spend our own for whatever expenses we have. Wait till my husband sees the phone bill this month!" YET THE LADIES feel they are right. And many agree — Rep. Benjamin Rosenthal CD- IS 1 . 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