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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, April 26, 1974 Betty Friedan tells it like it is ._ movement is getting to men' -The Herald Family By JO ANN LEVINE Christian Science Monitor NEW YORK. N.Y. Men, too, now stop Betty Friedan on the street to tell her how much she has changed their lives. Men, too. are flocking to hear the author of "The Feminine Mystique" talk on the woman's movement for equality; they are half her audiences. Men no longer feel they have to assume the role of sole breadwinner. Women are liberated from sole identification as housewife and are finding their own identities. "The future is beginning to happen said Ms. Saturday, April 27th New Spring and Summer Fabrics Now is the time to buy all Your Sewing Needs at 10% Discount .such as Double Knits, Suiting, Printed Plain crepes, Sewing Notions etc. etc. are all on Sale at 10% OFF their regular low prices, this Saturday. 320 7th St. S., Alberta Friedan (she prefers the term to Mrs.) one recent morning. "Men have begun to see the woman's movement not as a threat to them but as a liberation to them." The woman credited with coining the term "the feminine mystique" explained in her book: "I needed a name for whatever it was that kept us from using our rights, that made us feel guilty about anything we did not as our husbands' wives, our children's mothers, but as people ourselves." She also had written, "It seemed to me that men weren't really the enemy they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill." In her apartment, the dark blues and purples of Oriental rugs and modern oil paintings absorbed the glaring sunlight. From her 40th-floor windows, the Hudson River looked like a healthy creek, and Central Park was patched out like a neighborhood playground. "The women's movement is getting to said Ms. Frierlan "It's getting down to middle America It's not just an sort of thing that will fade out. What was just theoretical discussion among perhaps a minority of women, and treated not too seriously by the media five years ago, is now actually in the lives of a majority of women in the country and it is one of the hopeful things that is happening in the country. Betty Friedan has found herself constantly involved in this challenge. In 1966. she 300 SUNGLASSES to choose from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX OPTICAL MtscmraoN co was one of the founders and then president of the National Organization for Women an organization that today has 700 chapters, including one in India. She used "for women" rather than "of women" because she "wanted men to feel part of it In a voice that slows down and speed? up like a record being played during a power crisis, she said, "I think that for the young generation moving up there will not be a feminine rnystique, but there will be an assumption of women as full persons that will let them be everything they are. It is not happening overnight. It is not easy." "But for my daughter, there is no feminine mystique. Her idea of being a woman is based on my life and many other role models. She has fallen in love with molecular biology at Radcliffe and takes it for granted that she will go on to medical school or some field like that; that she will also marry and have children. Being my daughter has not made her a rabid liberationist. She has said from the age of four, 'I'm my own me'" A combination of the women's movement, the value changes of the young, the idea that no one should be doing monotonous, repetitive work, and the energy crisis, she says all are working together to force the future on us and to give us an excuse to restructure institutions. "The energy crisis is already forcing us to confront certain economic Ms. Friedan said. Contrasting today to the depression of the 1930's when women were the first to lose their jobs, she continued, "Don't think you are going to solve the energy crisis on the backs of women." It will have to be done some other way, she argued, such as through a shorter workweek or shorter hours. "Thirty-five million women won't go home again." Ms. Friedan is most often criticized by the liberation complete natural gas serviceteam. No matter where you live in Alberta, when your natural gas is supplied by us, it's supplied by a team with a great deal of experience, and all the resources of a major distributor of natural gas behind them. That's why we can provide the kind of service that our customers have come to appreciate over the years. So meet the team. Some of them you know, such as the serviceman, the meter reader, and our home economists, but there are a lot of others that you don't know. Weld- ers, safety inspectors, surveyors, radio technicians, mechanics, engi- neers, accountants; the list is a long one. Some of the professions might not seem to have too much to do with natural gas service, but every man and woman at your gas com- pany plays a part m bringing your natural gas to you. Helping us took after your natural gas. canaDian western ncrruraL oas company umrreo Betty Friedan talks about her book, The Feminie Mystique movement for taking too much credit for its formation. "I have no illusions that I caused all this." she said. "It happened because history made it happen It had to happen." She added, "These historical currents came together, and by some unique combination of abilities and education and just experience as a woman, I was able to write that book Because of the book, I felt there had to be a movement. I took the initiative on that, and now it is such a huge thing, and it is changing lives for the better." Some of Ms. Friedan's views set her apart from other feminists and even'from other members of NOW. She has been criticized for saying: "I can't buy some of the ideology that has its root in breaking our ties with men and with children. I have disagreed openly with the extremists because I feel an enormous responsibility to women I have helped change to want something new in life." Toni Carabillo, national vice-president of NOW, said she feels that Ms. Friedan appeals mostly to women who believe that equal pay for equal work is enough, and not to those who are trying to change sex-role stereotypes. she added, "There is no question in my mind that 'The Feminine Mystique' is the classic volume, the first breakthrough really to touch women. It touched them because it had so much truth in it. And it aroused the response, 'This is true, this is what is happening to me.' For that, (Ms. Friedan) deserves all credit." While the dialogue goes on within the membership of the movement, women all over the United States and in many foreign countries are buying toys, books, and records for their children that help erase the old sex stereotypes. Mailwoman retires after many years on the route BELLEVILLE (CP) In the course of her job, Mary Gilbert travelled the equivalent of 10 times around the world. For 27 years she carried the RR5 mail, six days a week. She retired at the end of February. "Nobody ever calls me Mrs. Gilbert It always has been plain ordinary Mary." She began carrying the mail when her late husband decided he didn't enjoy the routine She said their five children helped her through the years. "In many ways it used to be a harder job. There used to be much more snow in the winter and people weren't required to keep their mailboxes shovelled clear. "Many a time I had to dig my car out of drifts or send one of my children on foot with the mail through the snow. "No matter what the weather, you had to get through. That was the feeling." She said she has seen social changes as well as changes in working conditions. "Little children used to write to Santa Clause and put their letters out in the box for me to pick up. That doesn't happen any more and I think that's too bad. "In fact, younger people' THE BETTER HALF don't seem to get many letters, not as many as the older people do on my route. In this busy world, there isn't time for writing letters." Mrs. Gilbert said she is going to spend her retirement working with her flowers and plants. By Barnes "Careful of the cars while you're jogging down the road. I wouldn't want to see you have to pay for someone's dented fender." Millions of women are reading Ms. magazine, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a more powerful legal barrier to discrimination against women that has ever existed. There are new evidences of the widespread effects of the movement. For example, on March 19, a Superior Court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled unconstitutional the metropolitan police practice of exclusively arresting prostitutes who solicit, but not the male customers. The judge noted that 450 women were arrested last year, but not one man. Ms. Friedan always had said that when women, changed, men and institutions would change, too. Now she says, "We want to transcend the old definitions, not just react against them. That is the real affirmation." She leaned back, sighed a little, and added, "I would' never go back but it is scary to realize how far we have gone She admitted she was "not sure" what lies ahead but affirmed she is more and more confident of women's "ability to handle it." THE SCHOOL THAT'S REALLY BILINGUAL English-speak mi: children ciin learn French! In faci. they ean hecome fluently hilinyual belore school -and "still maintain high marks in oilier sub- jects! Him do ihey do u'.' I3y attending the Toronio French School pmaie school that just may be Canada's hesi hope for Cue Learn the .secret of this unique school's success and find out uhj its founder proposes :i nattunal of French Schools across Canada' Parents and icachers will he amazed In THE SCHOOL THAT'S RI'ALLY BILINGUAL. One of anicles and features in the May Reader's DigeM.Aiyournewssiaml loday! Interior re-decorator. Mo PAINTS Benjamin ore It's nice to know that Dealer. 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