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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, February 4, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 Hornet's nest of feminine anger stirred Thousands of women taking the offensive on rape By CHARLES FOLEY London Observer LOS ANGELES "If a man tries to rape me, I will fight him with anything lean get my hands on and try to disable him no matter what the in- jury. If he intrudes into my house he'll be warn- ed that I'll shoot him, and I'll do just that." The speaker, a Los Angeles woman, is one of many thousands across America who have decided that it's time for women to take the offensive on rape. They say they've waited too many years for U.S. legislators and judges, who are mostly men, to wake up to the problems pos- ed by century-old rape laws, and they want drastic social change now, not in some un- specified future. Recent court cases involving women who have turned on their attackers have stirred up a hornet's nest of feminine anger. In at least half- a-dozen recent incidents, victims have killed or wounded rapists. A Long Beach girl has been charged with first degree murder for shooting the man she says assaulted her. A New York woman, awakened by her room-mate's cries, grappled with an intruder armed with a steak knife, and shot him in the leg. A 20-year-old black woman in North Carolina is charged with the murder of a 62-year-old white man she alleges raped her. An ice pick was the weapon used. "It's a trend, all says a 49-year-old university teacher who was herself raped in a Los Angeles parking lot five years ago, and whose attacker is now back on the streets after four years in jail. "A lot more men are going to be killed." On hearing about another Los Angeles woman who had shot her attacker five times after he had broken into her apartment, she remarked. "Good. Good for her." More than any other, the case which has out- raged feminists is that of Inez Garcia, 30, an attractive California wife and mother who, within minutes of being raped, pursued her two assailants and shot down the 300 pound man who held her down. Mrs. Garcia was cheered by hundreds of feminists when she told the judge, "I killed the son-of-a-bitch, and I wish I'd killed the other, too." The courtroom filled with hiss- ing as the judge sentenced her to five years to life for second degree murder. Feminist groups charged that Mrs. Garcia had been "raped again" on the witness stand by demeaning and intimidating questioning, and they called the verdict "an affirmation of the male right to rape." Dr. Phyllis Chesler, a professor of psychology and author of Woman and Madness, believes that death is the proper punishment for rape, and says that if a woman kills her attacker at the time of the rape it is legitimate self defence. She is a passionate defender of Mrs. Garcia who, she says, "should be admired, not punished, for the value she put on herself. When a woman values herself and her sisters that highly, men will not dare commit rape." In California, a "Free Inez" committee is working on a legal appeal. A leading member, Ms. Martha Shelly, says, "I think the average woman feels it's right and natural to assert herself in this way. It will reduce rape. There will be more of it. though I hope it won't lead to a war between the sexes." Ms. Shelly goes on: "Before the Garcia case, I would have reported it, if I'd been attacked. Not now, not after seeing what can happen. I see no other way than to get together with friends and see what we can do about it. A lot of women are reaching the same conclusion, reluctantly." A few days after she spoke, a particularly brutal assault on a woman in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice seemed to emphasize her point. A 31-year-old woman was forced into a car by two youths in their twenties, stripped, beaten, driven to an alley where she was placed, semi conscious in the roadway. Then the youths drove the car over the body six times before speeding away. And the incidence of rape is rising, although rape convictions are not increasing commen- surately. A forcible rape occurs once every 20 minutes in California, and once every two minutes nation-wide; but only about one in ten is ever reported to the police because most women are afraid of being put through a gruelling ex- perience in court. The victim will be extensively questioned by a number of people, she will be ex- amined and photographed and the pictures produced later as evidence. Doubt may be thrown on her morals and marital fidelity in court, and her entire sexual history trotted out before a jury, while the defendant's past is kept a guarded secret. Her whole story may be seen as suspect, while many male jurors show open sympathy with the accused man. Such is the law in a majority of American states. But matters are changing, slowly. California has led the way with a piece of land- mark legislation which was enacted on Jan. 1, although, for feminists, it is only the start of the legal reform struggle. It places strict limitations on the personal questions which can be put to a victim. State Senator author of the Bill, explains that cross examina- tion involving a victim's sex life will be restricted to whether or not she might have reason to lie about a rape. Defence attorneys must give the judge a written affidavit spelling out all such evidence they intend to and questioning about a woman's past will be allowed only after a special hearing out of the jury's earshot. Even then, it will not be allowed if the intention is to show that the woman consented, unless the judge finds it relevant to her credibility as A witness. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "I wish you'd phone when you'll be home late so I won't worry. By the way, I came across a clause in your insurance policy I didn't understand." Dear Ann Landers: You'll be hearing plenty about that letter from the 18-year-old "fun-loving" virgin who is so proud of herself for keeping "everything intact." It seems her boyfriend wants her to give in, but she is determined to take her virginity to the marriage bed. I quote: "I've already told him that if the torture gets too much, he can shove off. But he still sticks like flypaper." In high school, we called those types "Professional Virgins." They drove guys crazy, flirting and teasing. They went just as far as they could without crossing the line with no regard whatever for the agony and frustration of the poor fellow who was ex- pected to "cool it" on demand. Girls who behave that way are extremely selfish. Moreover, they usually hate men and use their bodies to punish them. If I were in that dude's place, I'd shove off. NO girl is better than a tease. In The Know Dear In: You're right about the mail. I heard plenty about "the tease" and most of the letters came from high school and college students (males) PUBLIC BINQO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upltllrl) EVERY who called her names tne papers wouldn't print. Thanks for your letter. It was the best of the bunch. Dear Ann Landers: Re your column about purse snatchers: After having had mine snatched four times, I decided the best way to avoid a fifth such occurrence was not to carry one. My keys, change, and a few dollar bills go into one pocket, my lipstick and compact and hankie go into another pocket. My credit cards I leave home unless I intend to go shopping, then I put the two or three I might need in my shoe. I haven't been robbed since, and I feel a lot safer. These days a junkie in "Fun City" would just as soon kill you for your pocketbook as look at you. It's amazing how much stuff women carry in their purses that they really don't need. Sign me Fearless And Happier Dear F and H: I agree. Just for the fun of it, ladies, look inside your purse right now and you'll discover the writer is correct. Too many of us are slaves to habit. The habit of carrying a purse can be broken if a woman puts her mind to it. Are your parents too strict? Hard to reach? Ann Landers's booklet, "Bugged By Parents? How to Get More could help you bridge the generation gap. Send 50 cents in coin with your request and a lung, stamped, self addressed envelope to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 1400, Elgin, III 60120. LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE North RIOULAR W1D. NIGHT IINOO 8 f .M. 25 GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MANY EXTRAS This Jackpot In 55 Numbers 5 CMIOS SI II CAMS MY DOIMU DOOR IHIZE No one under 16 years allowed 10 playl BINGO ItthbrMfe Fisd i CMC (SMC.___ JACKPOT IN 55 NUMBERS 3 Jtckpoli Wi in 7 Numbm GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CAROS EAGLES HALL, Illh STREET N. FREE OAMM No CMMrm Undw 11 Ynn LEGION BINGO by Ltdtas' Auxiliary CANCELLED THIS WEEK WHY NextBi oWed. Feb. 11 that8p.m. Stewardesses may be asked to leave after 3V2 months of pregnancy WINNIPEG (CP) A Win- nipeg economist has warned that the .right of airline stewardesses to continue working after they become pregnant likely will be cur- tailed. June Menzies said the federal ministry of transport plans to make changes later this month or in March to re- quire stewardesses to leave after three and one-half months of pregnancy. Ms. Menzies said the air- lines have expressed concern about the health of stewardesses and the safety of passengers, but this is not the complete story. "The airlines like to main- tain this sexy Ms. Menzies, a vice chairperson of the National Advisory Council on the Status of Women, said in an interview. Ms. Menzies said Air Canada now allows stewardesses to work to the sixth month of pregnancy, while Pacific Western Airlines and Transair have a four-month limit. The maternity section of the Canada Labor Code guarantees a 17-week mater- nity leave, yet the ministry of transport appears to be trying to seek precedence over this, Ms. Menzies told about 500 delegates to a conference at the University of Manitoba on women and the law. "It shows how fragile rights, once won, are." Ms. Menzies said the federal code prohibits dis- crimination on grounds of race, religion or national origin, but not on sex. She said activist women have been told repeatedly that a new law is planned to prohibit sex discrimination, but no such federal legislation has yet .materialized. Ms. Menzies said it is im- portant to fight the exclusion of women from certain jobs. It is encouraging to note the increase in the number of women law students, but in other occupations there is a growing tendency to segregate women. Sylvia Gelber, director of the women's bureau of the federal department of labor, said all provinces except Prince Edward Island ban dis- crimination by sex, but equal pay laws are not enough to give women equal oppor- tunity. She said middle manage- ment appears to be the stumbling block for women seeking advancement. In 1971, 15.7 per cent of the persons in middle management in Canada were women. By 1974, the figure had risen only slightly, to 16 per cent. Miss Gelber said more women are being herded into the low paying, unorganized sectors of the economy. In 1971, 45.2 per cent of the Home-like atmosphere provided in treating men, women alcoholics TORONTO (CP) Instead of segregating men and women al- coholics during rehabilitation, the Ontario Alcoholism and Drug Research Foundation is treating them together at a halfway house here. Dr. Martha Sanchez-Craig, who heads the program entitled the Spadina Project, said it is not normal for men and women to be separated and this experiment could well be the turning point in dealing with alcoholics effectively in a home-like at- mosphere. "How often are males and females segregated she asked. "They work together, spend their leisure time with one another. We have an idea that bringing them under One roof would break down the old idea that alcoholism is a man's domain. In simpler terms, it makes the treatment acceptable to both men and women." Since the halfway house opened a few months ago, the doctor and her staff have noticed that the two sexes enjoy each other's companionship. "At first there was a certain degree of shyness on the part of both the men and women. But so far there has been no dis- ruption. On the contrary, with women around, the men's groom- ing has improved and their manners seem to have become more she said. The project doesn't provide individual counselling or therapy. Instead, the staff aims to teach residents problem-solving strategies they can apply to problems. "Such strategies are designed to teach a resident new ways of coping with inter-personal situations that are constant prob- lems to the said Dr. Sanchez-Craig. These might be described as a failure by the alcoholic to form positive, active relationships with other people. Staff therapists show residents how to analyse the way in which they deal with a problem or with other individuals, and then suggest alternative and more positive approaches. Dr. Sanchez-Craig hesitated at referring to residents as skid road cases, but the description comes distressingly close. "For women who come here, there has been a .series of losses. For some it's been the loss of family, a lover, or a good job. From that, she's been caught up in a series of emotional and economic disasters so that the street or hostel becomes her home, her she said. ne alcoholic is interviewed and is told about the policies and of the house. suggest that he or she go home or wherever and think it seriously before committing themselves. By the time alcoholics get here, they hive lost so much, including their said the doctor. "But most important, the' ibiiity to cope with 'problems of daily IK e Mope to turn that she said. workers in the service in- dustries were women. In 1974, this had risen to 51.4 per cent. More and more, she said, "women are taking clerical positions instead of getting into executive and manage- ment positions." Madeleine Parent, secretary treasurer of the Canadian Textile and Chemical Union, said women must insist that pay is assess- ed on the basis of the job done, instead of who is doing it. 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