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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Margaret tnlurrfoy. April 27, 1975 THI IFrHBRIOOf 5 A housewife's recurring nightmare WHEN I have a ninhUnarc, which fortunately is sel- dom, it is of recurring scenes, terrifyingly real. Guests havo dropped in just before supper- there Is nothing to eat in the liouse and the place looks as if it had been bombed. Mattresses are on Ihe floor, the kilchcn sink is full of a weeks' dirty dishes, curtains are hanging in tatlers and the children aro running around In such filthy clothes that neighbors threaten to call the Children's Aid. Home- how, in my dream I KNOW it's a dream, hut when 1 actually wake to "llc' that 'B> I anl terribly I suppose psychoanalysis Would go to work over the hid- den meaning of all this lurking la my subconscious. They'd no doubt say I dislike housework, guests, kids, and even sleeping and I'm simply acting out my rebellion in my dreams. Weli, while I don't like lo take issue with experts, in this in- stance they'd be caught nap- ping. This type of dream haunts all housewives occasionally, lie- cause in our careers as sucb, unexpected visitors do find us from time to lime in a shock- ing mess. And bully for the. girl who, in Ihc midst of house- cleaning, assumes the perfect hostess' role and asks dropper- inncrs to sit down among tho pails and mops while she fixes tea and crackers. Nov.' I'm not so fussy that a lillle untidiness bolhers me when uninvited guests call. I can remember vein's ago. Hie occasion when our minister dropped in on a routine pastor- al call. lie made Ihe mistake of sitting before he looked right on top of a wet diaper. We both brushed this little incident off by agreeing it was much belter It was a diaper than the baby, and the good man staled he en- countered all types of occupa- tional hazards when visiting young couples. However, over the years I've become rather set in my ways. I don't allow diaper changing on the couch any more and while the house gets dusty it's never dirty and only occasional- ly untidy. Guests can drop in any lime and I'm not too per- turbed. Or at least that was what I thought until recently w h e n Book Reviews friends popped in on their way through J.cthbridgc. We were delighted to sec them of course, but il was p.m. and I had planned that the two of us would sit down to a howl of soup and an egg, it being the day before our weekly shopping effort when we restock the shelves. Aflcr (he initial greetings, I couldn't keep my mind on our conversation it was busy sorting through our near empty larder and almost barren fridge. "You must stay for Hill insisted unhelpfully as ho look their coats, "you'll just have to take pot luck." "Oh, it can't be sunpertirne they protested and I felt my heart lift a bit. Hut it turn- ed out they'd forgotten to alter Ihcir watches and they decided it wouldn't be loo hard to alter Ihcir stomachs to accommo- date Mountain Time. They got themselves all nice and com- fortable while I, after a decent interval, wcnl oul to see whal 1 could scare up in the kitchen. 1 could perhaps stretch Ilia Standing (Inn soup lo serve four, lift how could I divvy-up two cgg.s? The shelves contained llm usual; a few tins of Ibis ami lhat, pancake mix but no sy- rup, cereal, ketchup and pickles, but nothing that could form Ihc basis of a moal. Tlu; fridge was even I have something in the freez- ing compartment that I keep for just such emergencies but 1 had recently defrosted and all it contained was a few hags of rhubarb. And as we're trying lo watch our waistlines des serls are out so there wasn't even a cookie in the house. Talk about pot luck all I had was Ihe pot! Sandstone formation In the Porcupine Hilli by Walter Kerber Irrationalism exposed in Orleans "riumor In Orleans" by Ed- gar Morin (T'nnllicim, S8.2j, 276 pages, distributed by Random House nf Canada vestigated n rumor that swept through Orleans, France in May I'Jfil) and came up with the interesting observations to be found in tills book. The rumor was that six Jcwi.sti-owneri dress shops were being used for trapping women into while slavery. While in the TTOW do rumors gel started? W h y do people believe tiem? A" sociological team in- Canadian literature "Head Canadian: A Hook About Canadian Hooks" ed- ited by Robert Fulfcird, Da- vid Godfrey and Abraham Kolstein {.lames Lewis and Samuel. St.93, (liini'rhack, 273 pages I. f'ANADIAN books, complain David Godfrey and James Lorimcr in the concluding chapter of this book, are usual- ly segregated in bookstores in a section labelled "Canadiana." "In Britain, you rion'l find spe- cial litile departments la- belled 'Britannia.' In Sweden, no set of shelves labelled 'Swedcnia.' Wo have a long way to go." And just to illustrate the point, they help to produce a book that is almost 'puro' Cana- diana! One has Ihc feeling that to ha a 'pure' Canadian book it has lo he not only on a Canadian theme by a Canadian writer bill published by a Canadian firm. Some good books, how- ever, have been published by non-Canadian firms and aro recognized in Ihe catego- ries in which the writings are considered. Tliis should prove to be a use- ful guide. The wealth of male- rial that is available, is surpris- ing all the more surprising when il is noted lhat most of (he popular Canadian writing by well known authors such as Pierre Berton and Farley Mowat (to name only two) is nol included. No less Ihan seven contribu- tors included John Porter's Vertical Mosaic in their list of important books in the field Ihey covered and ycl the book is not included in a list of the ten best Canadian hooks. On tho nlhcr hand, George Grant's Lament for a Nation makes the honors list but isn't mentioned in any of the 2fl sections! The commentary on the books considered in each sec- tion is usually interesting and sometimes quite illuminating. iJOUG WALKED. A decade of cartoons "Tlic U'orlrl Of JTrNallj'." (Tlip Montreal Slai- ;mcl Mus- Ron Hook Company, inn JUST n.s il is impossible to keep a appre- ciation of llio day's news otit the help of such satirists as Art Kric Vicol and Ihc like, so n good political cartoonist helps immr-asurahljr to sort things out in Ihc read- er's mind. Ed McNnlly, who died recent- ly, was editorial-page cartoon- is! for The Moiitienl St.ir for in ycM's. In tribute to his memory Tlic Star has now publisher! -100 of liis best. "A Decarle of History by a (Ii'cnt Canadian Cartoonist" UK book is sub-lilled. McNally Rood. Some of his panels arc cxcollcnl. Rut wutikl not rank him with Barren, Morris, or Ihe incomparable McPlier- son. His themes are not al- ways brilliant, their execution rot always cxciiing. The volume has two serious Il.icli cartoon should be And. since even Ihe would not necessarily re- call to the average reader tho news that inspircrl the cartoon, Ihcre should be a slight at- tempt lo associale each with the news. Fortunately llio !0fl cartoons arc organized sequentially, in six ninin divisions: Montreal, Quchcv. Canada, the U.S., the Uic universe; and unrlrr several subjects in each divi- sion. The book will help materially to an understanding of the news of Hie last ten years, but a chronology should be close at hand, CLEO MOWERS. fitting booths, it was said, wom- en were injected with drugs and then taken away through tunnels under the city. So strongly this nonsense believed that business in the rlress shops fell off drastically and finally ended altogether when crowds gathered outside and refused to allow potential customers to enter. Then the rumor subsided as a result of denials by the police, ridicule in the press, and action by civil rights groups. Investigation found that Ihe rumor originated among high school girls and spread quickly especially in boarding schools. Probably the inspira- tion for the notion came from a piece of fiction on the theme of white slavery. From the high school girls it spread to shop girls and (hen through the whole strata of (he city. Curiously, men on the whole were unbelievers. No theory of superior rationality on (he part of Ihe male sex should he based on Ibis finding in this particular case. There are plenty of gullible males in existence, as the memtxirship of almost any off-beat religious group will demonstrate. What marie tho Orleans rumor so virulent among females, according to tha investigators, was Ihe way il fitted in with sex fantasying. The author expressed surprise that sex fantasying plays such a part in the female psyche as Ihe investigation suggested. There were other elements in tlie minor that are more dis- turbing than the sex fantasy- ing. A disheartening resurgence of anti-Semitism was unniis- lakeablc. Such bad been the repugnance felt for Hitler's as- sault on the Jews tliat it had hoped anti-Semitism was rieail in France. Sonic of Ihc rotten things people said about Ihe Jews in Orleans indicated (hat the old disease had been incubating all along. Another deplorable feature of Ihe ru- mor was its obvious indication of the grip of Medieval irra- tionalism. It is not simply that people were willing to be- lieve in non-existent subter- ranean passages hut (hnl they were prepared to waive Iho need for evidence nr> wom- en disappeared in Orleans. Tlie teaching profession was singled oul for special condem- nation for failing to attack Ihe lunatic nature of the r u m n r. Rome teachers actually aided tlie spread of tha rumor hy warning girls to slay away from the shops. ''Teaching is becoming increasingly a ca- reer, less anti less a vocalion of the writes Ihe author. Awakening the crilieaj capacity is not something lo which many in society are dedi- cated arid as a consequence there is too much believing. Any temptation lo think the French are more hospitable to nonsense than some oilier peoples needs to be rcjecled. Rumors also circulate in Cana- dian cities. While reading this hook I commented to my fam- ily about having noticed an ed- ilorial in the Hamilton Specta- tor chiding citizens or lhat city for believing a silly slory about a woman trying on a coat in a store and being bitten by a snake. A teen-age girl from Calgary who was visiting in our home told us a little different version of Ihe same story as she had heard it in her city! Most readers will probably be satisfied witii Edgar Morin's synthesis of the re- search of the team and will not bother with the extracts from his and four olher investiga- tors' diaries. The extracts cov- er Ihe same ground and tend to be boring as a result. Per- haps for sociology students, however, they are of interest. DOUG WA1.KKH. Focus on the University By MICHAU SUTHERLAND she defender AT a recent campus meeting attended by several graduates of tije University of IjCllibridge and people from class to receive their degrees at crjiiviKTriim May KMh. a group of us was reonmlcd quite politely that Ihc university popu- lace is made up of more than the red tn "young an exprcssi-m which is of course one of relative dufinilinn. Spe- cifically, interest w a s cxureswl in and about those persons v.h'j didn't rirocer.-'! directly to university nti'it after high school and who in mar.y gave up certain levels of achievement in Ihcir v.orkirig lives 1o return In the Poetry not suitable The irly" by (George Donncr I' Krithley. 2nl piijjes "IJOETKY, while I'm nol an avid reader of same, can be beautiful, a d ding a deal to the author's wil- led lliuiifjhls. Poetry written in blank style is, lo me, pointless. This "book is written in this manner. If nckis ab- solutely nothing; in fact il de- Irae's from (he itilenseness of a vu important writing. The Donner Party is the ac- count of an iil-fiitcd train that became sncnvlxHind in a mountain pass ami de- fended into cannibalism in or- der lo survive. Jt is beyond me uhy a mnn would so lo the trouble Kcilh- Ipy did to research a hook (he a c I u a 1 1 y followed Die party's route, much of it oil fool and then vrrite tJw ac- count in blank verse, II is a rcnl shame. Even with tlie blank U nearly 701 persons nil Uic basis ot ma- ture student Eitlinissiriti. These students take exactly the same decrees and ara graded exactly ihe came way. In fact sin tistics indicate the average GPA (grade point average; far lite mature students as a group is jir-4 slightly higher than thn over-nil .student avenge for the entire uni- versity. This is perhaps :i now! indicator of Uic productivity o! a which in- cludes persons wlxi lirsvc made rctnarkablo sacrifices to enter university. "Many have given up good many arc supports diversity of human Of course 1 could have phoned out for soinelliing but Ibis would liavc embarrassed our friends who would have inline- dialcly known our predicament. could almost hear I hem talk- ing later: She: "Why did you insist we slay, obviously lliey were just planning a snack for themselves- lie: "I clidn'l in- sist they did. After all. we didn't know it was Ilial close to supper or we wouldn't have dropped in when we Slie: "Well, if you'd fixed your watch wlicu I lold you to." etc. etc. There, was only one recourse open. Lean on my friends and neighbors. Surreptitiously I call- ed May. "What are you eating 1 whispered into the phone. "We've eaten it was mac- aroni. Wc'l'e just on our way to the game." Rapidly 1 explained my prob- lem while she listened sympath- etically. "Oh (tear, poor you. I have a cheesecake you can have and I'll toss a salad for you. Rut for in Iwlween courses I'm afraid I'm about in the same boat as you are. Pay day isn't until tomorrow and we're bare- ly making it.'1 "Have you any eggs I could make a "Not a she replied, "lis- len, Sue is pretty organized. I'll give her a ring and see what she can come up with. Relax, we'll think of. some- thing." Somewhat distractedly 1 set (he table for our non meal; cardies, good dishes, every- thing but food. But bless the housewives brigade when they band together. Within half an liour May had slipped in with a salad and the cake, Sue had left a pan of hot buns on the landing, whispering as she left that Mary or Paula or both were putting together a quick casserole. N o h o (I y in the living room was aware of the quiet activity in our back hall and before long we were sitting down to a regular feast two casseroles, two salads, buns, cake, even half a pie from the man down the slreet who said lie couldn't eat blueberries they got under lii.s plate. The whole neighborhood it seemed had ganged up to help. When Bill saw the spread he opened his mouth to make some comment but I got close enough to give him a kick in the shins. Aflcr we had (lone jus- tice to my friends' food our guests asked, "if this is the type of pot luck you serve, why aren't you on with the Galloping I was suitably modest of course, but it had been an aw- fully close call. Too close in fact. That night I had Ihe nightmare again, the house was a wreck, the mattresses were on the floor, the kids filthy and there was no food in the house. Worst of all when guests dropped in and I called my neighbor for help there wasn't a single one of them home! What a relief it was to waken from that dream. Tlic intention here will lie 1" provide a brief rommcnt about lhat rapi'll; hu: liioup which m suite nf a to criticise the value of the university decree has decided they would be heller cn[ with a years of university cduealii.ni under their mortar be This discussion will course be specifically relaled to Tho I'nivcrsity of Lelhbridge but is representa- tive of a trend becoming evi- dent throughout Canada and in fuel North America. H certainly is handy that the local in- stitution lias all but pioneered extensive use of ".hat is known as the mature student admissions program. By this process, peo- ple over 19 years of age and who have like- ly been out of school for some lime are to apply for admission. I personally feel this has been one of IIic most innovative actions among many by the academic planners of this in- stiti'fion. Not only does Ihc mature stu- dent program give the high school drop- out (terrible terminology) a chance for the university degree forbidden him by the somelimes formidable "matriculation" re- quirement, but it provides new opportuni- ties for those "older" individuals who may havr matriculation or something equivalent from else or who possess (he needed ambition and will lo learn that makes them good candidates [or a university education. Don't think I'm down-grading the matriculation system hut there have heen occasions in the past wbcn people who could have "aced" a uni- versity program have been unable even to get in. This was because of an unchal- lenged and rather restrictive set of pro- vincial guidelines (unchallenged that is un- til 1967 when The University of Lethbridge introduced its new admissions programs, with a good deal of support from provin- cial authorities I might To date the university has registered of Mn: r-lwienl iriy up of tlif .sclum] i.m approaching on I npimrlune- lime lo a particularly de- Jiiui Vixi is a pretty hi'i take .heu dismsiions gel nf today. The refer- significant because nf families, inleresl stories is quite i the least. T certainly awjiy from the Jiia ir't t1 popuiaci: v.'liicli ridvjm nialricnbicd. i 1 Simply, itli HHh il sfciiH'd ;MI She efdiris of nf hirgc group i that slTXtk a back seal lo anyoiio around lo the dice lo is there will be aixniL 25 people in class of 420 gvadiiistcs v.ho entered programs here a few years ago as mature students. The risk inherent in mentioning specific names me relui'tanl ui do so but suffice to say thn- a good many of the mature students have appeared on lionor lisls, awards and scholarship documents, and on the ifH-inhcr-lup nf all comm.il- Iccs and bodies within the internal si met n re nf t h f Certainly, (lie Kind nf pasilivr to student life by this involve- ment and the previous! y mentioned academic achievemenU, is, in combination, a most desirable contribution lo Hie make- up of the univcrsily's character. And iio it shoiiM lie, wilh Appropriate dues t'> a friend, whose request for an- onymity will be respected by refer- ring to him as Nihor, thai an even greater emphasis will be made to ensure that those "older" students as Nibor said In their late 20's, and so on1' Chmmm) aro made welcome at (he university in order lhat their efforts are worthwhile and hope- fully encouraging lo friends who migbl have similar ambitions. The main calendar for the aca- demic year has arrived. This details Uw courses" to be offered during the fall se- mesler this year and the spring semester of 1973. Contact the registrar. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORIEY The decline of woman first recorded word of Jesus alter family anil Uic production of countless Is a surprisingly intriguing and exciting hook. The author's ap- parent deep feeling for the hcauiy of the country, and later the hardship and desperate plight of the parly comes through vividh. Tlic tragedy of the cannibal- ism in inconceivable the cul- ling up of Ihc dead bodies, the boiling down of Ihe brains, the fantastic circumstances of sons a n d daughters eating their dead father's flesh. It's hideous. Because poetry is usually as- sociated with love and beauty it. seems painfully out of place, even in blank verse, in describ- ing the tragic details of HIP party's desperate straights. The book suffers greatly. The pool- ry just docsn'l fit Lovers of poetry w i I I nn doubt hail this as a great achievement. Kor me, however, it was just an inlercsling expe- rience I'll lake mine in prose, lhar.li you. UAHHY ALLISON'. He rose from the dead was "woman." The first missionary was a woman and a woman first proclaimed Ihe Gospel. St. Paul's first convert in Europe was a wom- an. The triumph of humanity over barbar- ism and clevalion into is pri- marily a woman's triumph for il was she who taught taste and esthetics. The idea that in any civilization of ancient limes woman has been oppressed as a member of a .subject sex is subject to very severe qualifications, but certainly throughout its history women liave been most prominent in tlie life of the Christian Church. It was the wretched Chief Justice Ed- ward Coke who exercised .such a formative influence in British Common Law who turned Ihe clock back as far as the status of women is concerned. Under the laws of England previously husband and v.ife were recognized as separate persons and women did not suffer legal disqualification. Coke wrole the laws to suil himself. He married a wealthy woman and on her death mar- ried another whose properly he look com- plelcly for himself and finally turned her out destitute. He took his fourteen year old daughter from her by physical compulsion and flogged Ihe poor child until she would consent to a tragic marriage. Another legal lunatic. Sir William Blackstone, also placed legal and political disabilities on women which would not be shaken off until Ibis century. Nol since the days of barbarism have women been held in such infamous subjection. Society nour ha.s to pay Hie penalty for this cruelly by Ilic extremism of the "Wom- en's Lib Movement" which is having such a devastating effect on society loday. It is responsible for the breakdown in Ihe criminals and delinquents. It is Ihe fecund seed plot of neurosis and personality dis- order. Women have become dehumanized, desexed, uprooted, with meaningless homeless lives. They have rejccled their children feeling that Ihcir work in motherhood is done once they have given birth lo a child. Psychic needs of children are at least equally as great as the phys- ical needs and children are growing op de- prived in homes (hat are not only emo- tionally unstable but lack normal affection ami care. The decline in the status of woman is shown in the fact that rape in the I'nitcd States has increased wilhin Ihe last decade by CiOn per cent. Since only one case of rape in twenty at most is reported the sta- tistics are tiie more gruesome. Instead of women being held in respect Ihey have be- come by their own decision a sex symbol or sex machine losing dignity and grace and discarding their Gcxi given right lo special consideration and respect Kivenlly on a popular television program I heard a young woman use vulgarity Hint it would he impossible to put in this column. These radical feminists have rejected a truly feminine life. Freedom means the right lo enjoy and live out your true nature and realize your highest potential. This the Women's Lib Movement people have re- jected with results psychologically disturb- ing to themselves and devastating to Die homo and society. The modern woman is bereft of her fundamental role as wife and molhcr and deprived of a rich family and creative home for self-expression. In feck- ing identity with men those women distorted nature. A healthy society is im- possible until women regain a healthy and sane role in society. Tlie prvleelurs iiR Walker the weather is decent arc cjuitc n few couples in our neighbor- hood wlio take walks logellicr in Uic eve- nings. Seeing hu.sbatufs and hand in-hand or Hrm-in-arm might suggest romance In Uic vinnilti.-ilert, bill for r-'Miif- simply a protective device. For Anne McCrarken and FJspctli Walk- er, at it is Ihe way they keep from slamming into light standards or falling cfvcr fire hydrants while they avidly pcop inln Ihe houses Ihey walk past. ;