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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Snlurrfny. April It, TIJ1 THI IFTHBRIDOf 1IHAID 5 A housewife's recurring nightmare Focus on the University WHEN I Iwvt; a inure, which fortunately is sel- dom, it is of icciurrinjt scenes, real. IKIVO dropped in just before there Is nothing to eat in the linusc ;mif the pl.ice looks as if it Imil been bombed. Mattresses nrc on I he floor, the kitchen sink is full of a weeks' dirty dishes, cmUiins are hanging in Utters and Ihc children aro running nrouiul Iti such filthy clothes thai neighbors lbreal.cn to cull (fie Children's Aid. Some- how, in my dream I KNOW H's a dream, hut when I actually wake up to find that il is, I am terribly relieved. I suppose psychoanalysts Would RO to work over the hid- den meaning of all this lurking In my subconscious. They'd no doubt say I dislike housework, guesls, kicl.s, and even .sleeping and I'm simply acting out my lebollion in my dreams, while 1 don't like In take Issue with experts, in this in- stance they'd 1m caught nap- ping. This type of dream haunts all housewives occasionally, be- cause if! our c.'ii'ccrs AS .sui'li, unexpected visitors do find from time to time in a mess. Arid bully for Mm girl who, in the mLclsl of honse- cleaning, assumes the perfect hostess' role and asks drnppcr- inncrs to sit down among tho pails and mops while she fixes tea ami crarkcrs. Nov.' I'm not so fussy that a lilllo untidiness hnlbci s me when uninvited guests call, f can remember yoiirs a Co. I be occasion when our mirn'slcr dropped In on a routine- pastor- al call, tic made thn mistake of sitting before he looked right on lop of a wet diaper, We both brushed this little incident off by agreeing it was much belter IL was a diaper than the baby, and the good man stated he en- countered all lypes 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 (lie couch any more and while the hou.se gels dusty it's never dirty and only occasional- ly untidy. Gucsls can drop in any lime and I'm not too per- turbed. Or at least that was what 1 thought until recently w hen Book Reviews friends pupped in on their way through Lcthbridge. We were delighted to sec them of course, but it was p.m. and I bad planned that Ihe two of us would sil down to a howl of soup and an egg, it being the day before our weekly shopping effort when v.c restock Ihe shelves. After the initial greetings, I couldn't keep my mind our conversation it was sorting through our near empty 1 ;i r d c r and almost barren fridge. "Van rnusl .stay for Hill insisted unhelpfully as he took their coats, "you'll just have to take poL luck." "Oil, iL can't be supports me they protested and I felt my heart lift a bit. llul it turn- ed out they'd forgdten to alter their watches and they decided il wouldn't be too hard lo alter their stomachs to accommo- date Mountain Time. Tlicy got themselves all nice and com- fortable while I, after ji decent interval, went cut to sec what could scare up in the kitchen. 1 could perhaps stretch Lho Standing linn Sandstone formal ion In the Porcupine Hilli by Walter Kerber Irrationalism exposed in Orleans "Rumor Tn Orleans'1 hy Ed- gar Morin (T'i'Milltrwi, 276 dislnliulrd by Random House nf ruin Ltd.) T.fOW do rumors pet W h y do people believe them? A sociological team in- vestigated n rumor that swept through Orlo.in.'j, France in Mny lOfiJl nnd came up with Ihe interesting observations to be found in this book. The rumor was thai six Jcwi.sli-owncci dress shops were being used for trapping women into white slavery. While ui the Canadian literature "Head A Uonk Abovit C'iinailhm Uooks" cd- iloil hy HolHTl rullcn-il, vitl Godfrey nnd Abrnliam Itolstcin (.hniirs I.rwis find Samuel. 51.9o, [liiin'rhac-k. 27j books, complain David Godfrey and Jnmcs Lorimcr in tlm concluclins chapter of this Ixwk, arc usual- ly segregated in Ijooksloros in a s'cclion labelled "C.in.idiana." "In lirilain, you clon'l find ipe- rial litlle iMKik depai'lnionls la- bollnJ In .Sweden, no set of shelves labelled 'Swedcnia.' We liavc long way lo go." And just to illustrate tho point, they help lo produce a book tlial is nlniost 'pure' Cana- diana! Ono lias Ihci fecliim that to ho a 'pure' Canadian book iL lias to be not only on it Canadian llicmc by a Canadian writer but published by a Canadian firm. Rome how- ever, have been published by ijoji-Canadian and am recotmizcd in the 2ft catego- ries in which the wrilings arp considered. Tliis should prove lo be a use- ful guide. The wealth of male- rial that is available, is surpris- ing all (tie more surprising when it is noted IhaL most of the popular Canadian writing by well known authors such as Pierre Berton and Farley MowaL (to name only two) is not included. No less than seven contribu- tors included John Porter's Vcrlica] iJnsaic in tJicir lisl of important hooks in the fieM they covered and yet the book is not included in a list of Hie ten best Canadian hooks. On tho other hand, George Grant's Lament for a Nation makes the honors list hut isn't mentioned in any of the 2fl sections! The coimnenkiry on the books considered in sec- tion i.s urually interesting and sometimes quilc illuminating. IJOUG WALKER. A decade of cartoons "Tlir, Of Mr.Nally." (Tlic Slar ;nul Mus- Bon Hook Conipnny, Hill 1UST H.S il is lo keep a Icvol-headed appre- ciation of Ihe day's news with- out the help of such satirists as Art Uuehtt'nld, TOric .Vicol and the like, so n good ]iolilicnl cartoonist, helps immeasiu'nbly to sort things out. in Ihc read- er's mind. McNally, who died reecnt- ly, was editorial-p.ipe cartoon- ist Tor The Moiilien! Star for in vrrrs. hi Iribulr to liis mrmnrv TJic now -IO) of lii.s besl. "A Decade of II if lory by a Cii-cnt Canadian Cartconist1' Uw book is snb-litlcd. McN'ally wns good. Some of his panels are cxcollcril not. rank him with Ban-on, Morris, or the incompiirable McPlier- son. His themes are nol al- ways Inillinut, their execution not always cxciling. Tlit? volume has lur> serious omi.'fsioiip. D.irh cartoon should be dalwl. And since even the date would not necessarily re- call to tho average reader tho news lint inspired the cartoon, Ihcrc should bo a slight al- lempl lo associate each the news. rorlur.nlcly Mm '100 cartoons arc organized sequentially, in six ninin divisions: Jtonlrcnl. Qucbpr, Canada, tlic U.S., Ihc vorki. the universe, and unrlrr scvcraJ in cacfi clivi- sion. The book will help materially lo an understanding of the of the last ten years, but a chronology should be close at hand, CLEO MOWERS. fitting booths, it was said, wom- en iv e r e injected with drugs and then taken away through tunnels under Ihc eily. Su strongly was this nonsense believed that business in the dress shops fell off drastically and finally ended altogether whc-n crowds gathered outside and refused to allow potential ciislomers lo enter. Then the rumor subsided as a rcsull of denials by Ihe police, ridicule in the press, and aclion by civil rights groups. Investigation found that (he rumor originated among high school girls and spread quickly especially in hoarding 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 then Ilirougli Die whole strata of the city. Curiously, men on the whole unbelievers. No theory of superior rationality on (lie part of (lie male sex should be based on this finding in this particular case. There are plenty of gullible males in existence, as [he membership of almost any off-beat religious group will demonstrate. What made Iho Orleans rumor so virulent among females, according lo tha invcstipalors, was (lie it fitted in with sex fantasying. Tlic author expressed surprise that .vex fantasying plays such a part in Ihe female psyche, as the invesliRation suggested. There were other elements in the rumor that are more dis- turbing than the sex fantnsy- ing. A disheartening resurgence of anti-Semitism was unmis- lakeablc. Such had been the rcp'.igwmcc felt for Hitler's ns- saull on the Jews thai U had Ijcci) hoped anli-Scmilr.sm was cle.id in Frant'c. Sonic of the rotten things people said about the Jews in Orleans indicated (hn! the old disease had been incubating all along. Another deplorable feature of the ru- mor was ils obvious indication of the grip of Medieval irra- lionalism. It is not simply Dial p e o p 1 c were willing to be- lieve in non-existent subler- rancan passages but (lint they were prepared to waive Iho need for evidence no wom- en disappeared in Orleans. The teaching profession was singled out for special condem- nation for failing to attack the lunatic nature of the rumor. Koine teachers actually aided the spread of Uia rumor hy warning girls to .slay away from the shops. ''Teaching is becoming increasingly a ca- reer, less and less a vocation of the wrilcs the, author. Awakening Ibc criticaj capacity is not something lo which many in society are dedi- cated and as a consequence there is too much believing. Any temptation to think the French arc more hospitable to nonsense than some other peoples needs to he rejected. Rumors also circulate in Cana- dian cities. While reading this book I commented lo my fam- ily about having nol iced jin ed- itorial in the IlamiUon Specta- tor chiding citizens o: lhat city for believing a silly story about a woman trying on a in a store and being hi I ten by a snake. A teen-nge girl from Calgary who was visaing in our home told us a little different version of the same story she had heard it in her city! Most readers probably bo 5 a L i s f i c with Edgar Morin's synthesis of the re- search of lhc team and will not bother with the extracts from his and four (ither investign- tors' diaries, The extracts cov- er the same ground nnd tend to be boring as a rcsull. Per- haps for sociology r-Iurlcnts, however, they are of inlt'ivb'. DUL'G soup to serve four, lu't houp could 1 divvy-up two The shelves contained UKI usual; a few tins of this aii-l thai, pancake mix bul no rap, c e r o a 1. Jiclcbu1) am! pickles, but nothing lhat cmilil form the basis of a mcul. This fridge was even I have something in the free- ing compartment thai t.eup for just such emergencies but 1 had recently defrosted and ;dl il contained was a few of rhubarb. And us we're lo walch our waistlines dc-s scrls are out so there wasn't even ;i cookie in Ihc bouse. Talk about pot luck all I had was (fie pot! Of coMr.vc 1 have oiil for something bul Ihi1- would have embarrassed our friends who Mould have imme- diately known our predicament. 1 could almost hear them talk- ing later: She: "Why did you insist wo, stay, obviously they just planning a snack For themselves- He: "I didn'l in- sist they did. After all, v.c didn't know iL wus that close lo supper or we wouldn't have dropped in when we Slip: "Well, if you'd fixed your watch when I told you to.'' etc. etc. There, was only one recourse open. Lean on my friends and neighbors. Surreptitiously I call- ed May. "What arc you eating 1 whispered into the phone. "U'c'vp evUen if mac- aroni, Vi'c'rc jubl on our Lo the game." Rapidly 1 explained my prob- lem while she lisLened sympath- etically. "Oh clear, poor you. I have a cheesecake you can have and I'll toss a salad for ynu. llul for in courses I 'in afraid I'm aboul in Lhc same boat as you are. Pay day isn't until tomorrow and we're bare- ly making il.'1 "Have you any eggs I could make a "Not a she replied, "lis- ten, Sue is pretty organized. I'll give her a ring and sec what she can come up with. Relax, we'll tbink of some- thing." Somewhat distractedly 1 set (lie table our 11011 meal; candles, pood dishes, every- thing buL food. But bless the housewives brigade when they band together. Within half an hour Way bad slipped in with a salad and the eakc, Sue Imtl lefl a pen of hot buns on the landing, whispering as she left thai Mary or I'.nila or both pulling together a quick casserole. N o I) o d y in Lhc living room M'.is aware of the quiet activity in our foack hall and bcforo long we M'ore silling down to a regular feasL Iwo casseroles, two salads, buns, cake, even half a pin from the man down the stroel who said he couldn't cat blueberries they got. under his plate. The whole neighborhood it seemed had ganged up to help When Bill saw the spread he opened bis mouth to make some comment, but I got close enough to give him a kick in Hie shins. Aflcr we had done jus- lice to my friends' food our guests asked, ''if this is the type of poL luck you serve, why aren'l you on wilh the Galloping I was suitably modest of course, but iL bail been an aw- fully close call Too close in fact. That nipht had Ihe nightmare again, the house was a wreck, the mattresses were on Die floor, the kids filthy and (here no food in the house. Worst of all when guests dropped in and I called my neighbor for help there wasn't n single rme of them home! What a rc'inf il to from Hint dream Poetry not suitable "The Donner I' (icorflr Krithloy. 2nl pajjcs: wlnlc I'm unl an avid reader of same, r.in be beruitiful. a d ding deal lo the author's wiil- (en Ihouybl.s. f'ucny in blank style is, lo me, pointless. This book is written in this manner. It adds ab- solutely nothing; in fact it tlc- (rac-'s from (lie ititcnscucss of a vt1 iinportanl writing. The Donner Party is the ac- count of an ill-fated train thai became in a mountain pass and de- trended into cnnnibnlisni in or- der ID SlllAJVC. H is beyond me uhy a ni.in wouW co (o [lie trmibto Kcilh- ley did to research a hook f he actually followed Ihc parly's route, much of it on foot) and then vrrilc tJw ac- count in lilank verfc. It if a rcnl shame. Even with tho blank il Fly MICHALL SUTHERLAND Is a surprisingly intriguing nnd exciting bonk. The author's ap- parent riecp feeling for the bcnuly of tho country, and Inter the hardship and desperate plighl of the parly comrs through vividh. Tlic tragedy of the cannibal- ism in inconceivable HIP cul- ling up of the dead bodice, the boiling down of Ihe brains, the fantastic circumstances of sons n (1 daughters ml ing llicir dead father's flesh. It's hideous. Hccausc poetry is usually as- sociated, with love and beauty it. seems painfully out of place, even in blank vcr.sc. in describ- ing Hit; tragic del ails of HIP party's desperate straights. Tho book suffers Tlic nrn-i- ry doesn't fit crs of pot'lry I I I im doubl hail tins as a great achievement. For me, however, il was just an interesting expe- rience I'll Like mine in protc. ihur.k you. U-UtHY ALLISON. 47 a recent campus an by .several graduates of lije University of IxMhbrklge and people from Liu- class lo recr.'iy; their decrees at ccjiivix-ii'inn May lIHh, a jjroup of us (juile politely that Ihc university hUirlem popu- late is made up of more than the ofl-rcfcr- i cd In "young an exprosi-iuii which is of course one of relative dufinMinn, Spc- fifk'idly, was cxuicsicd in and iiboui those persons v. didn't prnt-Lvi directly to university alter high school and wlm in mar.y cwtil'-lion. Not only doci Ihc maiure stu- fliTH program the bicli school drop- (terrible a chance for tha university degree forbidden him by tho somnlimcs formidable re- "luirement, but it provides new opportmii- lie.s for those ''older" individuals may Iwvr matriculation or something a lent from somewhere or who posses the needed ambition end will lo Icarn that makes them good candidates for a university education. Don't think I'm down-grading the matriculation system but Ihcre have been occasions in the past when people who could have 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 (unclnllenged that is un- til 1967 when The University of inlrorhicfif] its new admissions programs, with a pood deal of support from provin- cial authorities I might add'. To date the university has registered group is jir-i hipher than over-all .student fnr entire uni- of llic prn'luclivi'y uf a vvliich in- cludes pers-'oiLS v.hn made remarkabln sacrifices to er.tcr Many up U'jfril iiKiny :irc .supporlcrs nf tamilic.s. arrl Inr- diversity of human inlcrcsl i> lo ray 1 Im Ir.1c1 inlcres Ihr T cerUiinly rl-ni'i iiih'ivl av.jiy from tfic nialrirnl.nltd. i M Simply, v. nil {-omoriiiinii l.'Jlh il voted group nf large group i Uiai si a back scai lo ai '.lp Of Ilif1 M luin] on j'irlunc' lime lo a pretty mature suents appcarc'l on honor lists, awards and scholar-hip documents, -hip nf commit- within the tees jind inlcrnul slmrlui-o "f t n nnivors'ily. Certainly, tlu- Kind nf pnsili1. r conlrihution to student lite cudi-nccxl by tliis involve- ment and the p r e v i o u s 1 y mentioned academic achic'.Tfnc'iili. is, in combination, a most, desirable contribution In tlic make- up of the university's charac'er. And so it sh'iuH be, MiHi dues tf> fricn'l, M-ho.sc i fnr nn- om'mily will mr.lv by refer- nven greater Tlic main calendar for tho lSiC-T3 aca domic year has arrived. TJIK- Uw courses to be? offered during the fall se- mester tins year and the spring semester of 1973. Contact the registrar. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORIEY The decline of woman rPHIi first recorded word of Jesus afler He rose from the dead was "woman." The first missionary was a woman and a woman first proclaimed the CIospcl, St. Paul's first convert in Europe was a an. The triumph of humanity over barbar- ism and elevation into civilisation is pri- marily a woman's triumph for il was she who taught tasfe and esthetics. The idea that in any civilization of ancicnl limns woman has been oppressed as a member of a .subject sex is subject, to very severe qualifications, but certainly throughout its history women have been most prominent in Uin life of Ihc Christian Church. It was the wrclehcd Chief .lustice Ed- ward Coke who exorcised Mich a formative influence in Hritish Commun haw uho turned (he clock back as far as the status of women is coiu-crncd. Under the laws of England previously husband and were recogni7cd as separate persons and women did not suffer legal disqualification. Coke wrote the laws to suit himself. lie married ;i wcMllhy woman and im her dcalb juar- j-iori another whose property he look com- pletely for himself nnd finally turned her mil destitute, He took his fourteen year old daughter from her hy physical compulsion and flogged the poor child until she would consent lo a trafiie marriage. Another Icjial luninic. Sir William Blacks tone, also placed legal mid political disabilities on women which would not be shaken off until this century. Not since the days of barbarism li.-iu- been held in such infamous subjection. Sot'icly now has lo pay Ihe penally far this cruelty by the extremism of the. "Wom- en's Lib Movement" which is having such a devastating effect on society today. It is responsible for the breakdown in the family and the production of countless criminals and delinquents. It is the fecund seed plot of neurosis and personality dis- order. have become dehumanized, riesexcd, with nieaniiigfcsR homeless lives. They h a ve rcjcclrd their children feeling that (heir work in motherhood is done once they have given birlh lo a child. Psychic needs of children are at least equally as great as the phys- ical needs and children arc growing DP de- prived in homes that are rot only cmo- tJonally unstable but Jack normnl affection and cnro. The decline in the stains of is nil own in Ihe fact that rape- in the I'rjtcd Slates has increased Ihe lasi drcadn by I'iKt per cent. Since only one case n[ rape in twenty at most is reported the sta- tistics are- the more gruesome-. InFicad of women hemp held in respect I Hey have be- come hy their ov.n decision n sex symbol oi' sex machine losing dignity and prnce and discarding their en ivht lo consideration and respect Kivenl'v on a popular television program I beard woman use vulgarity Hint it vrmlrl ho impossible to put in this column. Thci-f radical feminists have rejected a truly feminine life. Freedom means the righl In enjoy and live out your due nature and realize your highest potential, 'iliis the Women's Lib Movement people have re- jected with re.MiHs psychologically tlis'urb- ing lo themselves and to HIP home and society. The modern Momnn is bereft of her fundamental role as wife and mother and deprived of a rich family and creative home [or In fcck- ing identity men MIOFC women distorted nalurc. A healthy society is im- possible until women regain, a healthy and sane role in society. Tlie pro lectors DdiiR WalUr the weather is dccrnl aic quite a couples in our ncighlwr- hood wlio take walks together in Uic eve- nings. [lie uiuiiifL.'iU'if, (nil far v r, i' simply a protective device-. For Anne McCiachcn and ELspcth cr, at least, it is the vny Uiey kecji from info light standards or Sceinfi and hand in hand cricr uhilc Ihcy .niiliy 01- nrm-in-arn) might suggest, romance In inln Ihc houses Ihey walk p.m. ;