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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 17, 1974 Men also responsible for child-rearing Homemaker-father says men need to nurture By LISA HAMMEL New York Times Service NEW YORK James Levine answered the door of his home the other day with a bright green canvas baby sling bouncing against his stomach. Out of it hung one tiny flannel- wrapped arm and a small dark head. They belong to Joshua Levine, 19 days old and the younger child of Levine and his wife, Joan. Upstairs, 4 year old Jessica was just finishing the lunch her father had prepared for her. Her mother was out for the morning, taking a class in creative writing. Levine was not, however, just baby sitting. He was follow- ing the routine that many mothers, but almost no fathers, go through every day when there are two small children at home and a house to be run. For he is a part time "homemaker father." Levine came slowly to the sharing of household chores and the rearing of the couple's children. It had started when he took a job teaching preschool in Berkeley, Calif., where he was studying for a doctorate in English. The job provided Levine, who is now 28, with draft determent. But when the possibility of being drafted was past, he con- tinued with the work, going on to direct a child care program in Worcester, Mass., then moving to New York to work for the Child Development Foundation, and do consulting on child care. "I think the thing that really got me said Levine, a slender, bespectacled man whose face is edged with a neat, dark beard, "was all the people, while I was teaching preschool, who kept asking me, "what do you really By the time he got to New York, Levine had come to a cou- ple of conclusions. Not only was child nurturance going to be his profession, but he had also decided to live his convictions. "I he said, "that a man has as much responsibili- ty as a woman for raising the child they conceive." (Mrs. Levine, a former teacher, now writes children's Further, through interviews he had been doing around the country for his foundation work, Levine decided that he wanted to look much more deeply into the phenomenon of men who have either personally or professionally, taken on "nurturing roles." For this, he received a grant last spring from the Ford Foundation. "The women's movement has drawn attention to women in male occupations and I wanted to redress the balance by show- ing men in female he explained. "Nurturing others is a basic need that men are denied by our he added. "It is another aspect of human potential that is not being developed to its fullest. he said, "with more women taking on career roles, Sears where Christmas ideas begin Do-it-yourself floor decor. 3 exciting styles. 3 great ways to save! Carefree 'Carolina' Looks like fine wool! 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Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m. until Christmas Centre Village Mall Telephone 328-9231 THE BETTER HALF By Barnes the nurturant tole is being devalued even more." All of which, he pointed out, is a rather curious thing, when you consider that what is being talked about is the care of human beings the future generation. The 100 men he talked to shared a number of characteristics. They were, he said, generally men with high levels of patience, tolerance, independence of mind, security, a fairly strong sense of identity and a strong sense of their own worth. They had to be fairly secure about themselves, Levine added, "because the pressures against them are enormous." Not only were there financial difficulties in most cases, because the woman, as full or partial breadwinner, simply makes less, but the men also had to face all the subtle and overt difficulties of a man taking on a socially unacceptable role. In the course of his study, he said, there were a number of questions he was interested in exploring, such as: Is nurturance "natural" only to women or to men, too? Is only maternal deprivation injurious to children, or is paternal deprivation in- jurious, too? As he is not doing a scientific study, but rather an informal one, he is not sure he will be doing any more than raising the questions. But he hopes to deal in some form with all of these things in a book he is now writing about his findings. "He prefers an artificial tree and a yuletide spirit to match." Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: Your poll to determine which male professionals become in- timate most frequently was unfair. Of course it would be the doctors, ahead of the lawyers or clergymen and for good reasons. First, a woman sees her doctor much more frequently than she sees her lawyer or clergyman. In fact, most women don't see a lawyer un- less they are getting divorced or writing a will. The average woman sees her clergyman only when he is in the pulpit, unless she has a problem and goes for counselling or her daughter is getting married or, God forbid, she is burying a loved one. And let's be frank about it, dear, legal business or counselling does not re- quire disrobing or physical contact. So, Ann Landers, what do you expect? Please Be Fair Dear Fair: I don't expect anything. What do YOU ex- pect' Granted, the frequency of visits and the nature of the relationship between a male physician and a female patient would make intimacy more probable. But an ethical physician keeps his nurse in the examining room at all times and he knows how to block the passes of sexually aggressive women. I've said it before and I'll say it again, no profession or business is immune from hanky panky between the sex- es. I was not surprised that the physicians placed first in the poll but the fact that they nearly lost out to the clergymen was a jolt. Dear Ann Landers: No problem just a few random thoughts and maybe a suggestion. There seems to be more ten- sion these days than ever before. And it does peculiar things to people. Tension produces nervous habits, twitching, pencil chewing, creativity, laughter, over- eating, over-drinking, insom- nia, too much sex, not enough sex, loud arguments, divorce, drug abuse, excessive smoking, ulcers, headaches, itching, night teeth grinding, rape, violent crimes, and war. I've listed just a few ways of releasing tension some beneficial, some destructive. Of course the best way to get rid of tension is to eliminate the cause for it. Any ideas? Matrix Dear Matrix: Tension is produced by conflict, com- petitiveness, anger, aggression, frustration and a host of other feelings that are built into the personalities of a great many people, especially the "achievers." Those individuals who learn to handle their self- destructive impulses and curb their antisocial behavior func- tion well. The others develop a wide assortment of physical and social problems and are constantly "in with themselves and others. Thanks for a provocative letter. Two-year-old child given atomic pacer TORONTO (CP) Doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children have implanted an atomic heart pacer in a year-old child from Hager- sville, Ont It is the first time an atomic pacer has been implanted at the Hospital for Sick Children and is believed to be the first implanted into a child in Canada. Born with a defect in the electrical conduction system of his heart, Michael Helder received his first heart pacer when he was five months old. When the pacer had to be replaced doctors decided to love is O ordering onion on your hamburger because he did on his. US tot 0" fO 1974 by lot AnQflpt use an atomic powered pacer that will last 10 years. The pacer is of the demand- type Rather than making the heart beat at a rigid pre-set beat, it responds to the needs of the body, speeding up and slowing down as required. It is powered by promethium and costs about less than half the cost of the original plutoniumpowered atomic pacers Michael is the only child of Joseph and Ann Helder of Ha- gersville, about 25 miles southwest of Hamilton. Career Opportunities EXPERIENCED MEDICAL RECORDS PERSON To share duties in 60 bed accredited active treat- ment hospital. Salary to commensurate with ex- perience an H.S.A.A. agreement. Starting date to be agreeable to both parties Applicants may apply to; Miss R. Rinaldi, Director of Nursing, Crowsnest Pass General Hospital and Nursing Home District No. 40 Box 510, Blairmore, Alberta. HAVE LOCAL POSITION for an cost accountant, must be fully experienced in costing systems, wage negotiable CONTACT H. HEEBNER Canada Manpower Centre ;