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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February 10, .1975 'Women's lib in China is a pragmatic issue9 The Herald- By VERONICA HUANG From Agence France-Presse HONG KONG (CP) Chi- nese fishermen used to say that a boat with a woman on board was sure to capsize. But in International Women's Year, the 82 female parliamentarians in China have pledged to keep the boat steady to ensure a "new economic upsurge." During the fourth National People's Congress (Parliament) held in Peking last month, 82 women were elected members of the presidium and the standing committee, comprising 22 per cent of the total membership. Peking's official news media highlighted their names with the qualification of "female" after each. Several decades ago, women in politics was un- thinkable to the Chinese. "Whatever men can accom- plish, women can said the Chinese representative at _ Have a weekend away -our way Al Calgary's Four Seasons Hotel Got a good reason lo get away? An anniversary? A second honeymoon? Or just a need to be by yourselves? Come, let us spoil you. Take advantage of our special weekend fortwo plan. It includes: Limousine service lo and from the airport II you arrive by Deluxe accommodation lor Friday or Saturday night. Your room includes color cable TV, air-condilioning, individual heal controls, and luxurious furnishings. A gourmet dinner lor two in the elegant Trader's Dining Lounge or the intimate Whealsriaal. Sunday brunch in the Whealsheal or perhaps breakfast in bed. Complimentary elevator passes lo the Calgary Tower's observation deck, lounge and revolving restaurant. In House Movie Pamper yourself some more there's an indoor swimming pool, and a soothing and restful whirlpool bath. There's room service around the clock. Pleasant shops to browse through. Give yourself a weekend to yourselves. You earrfed it and we'll take great care of you. Come and see. per person based on double occupancy (Friday or Saturday night) Extra night SlOperperson.Single occupanty add For more information and reservations cal Four Seasons Hotel Calgary 266-7331 last year's United Nations commission on the status of women. But the Chinese subtly ad- mit that women are, physical- ly speaking, the weaker sex and are accorded privileges and special facilities because of this. China's heavy industry, for example, is almost entirely monopolized by men. The Chinese admit privately that women are physically unfit for taking on strenuous jobs. The Chinese interpretation of "equality" for men and women is neither absolute nor intransigent but takes into ac- count the physiological differ- ences geared toward different roles. However, changes in the age old Chinese family struc- ture now have freed women from household chores to compete with men in various helds. Late marriages and family planning, completely alien to Chinese tradition, are strong- ly advocated by the government. Even though these are not laws to be en- forced, a woman who takes maternity leave every year may find herself criticized by her colleagues. Although effectiveness of these measures vary in differ- ent regions, with the dis- appearance of the traditional clan system, they are seeping into the Chinese lifestyle and becoming part of the social norm. Even the old, who receive pension from the state, are less dependent on the young to support them after retirement, and hordes of children as insurance against old age has thus become un- Women's lib in China is a pragmatic issue. It started about 40 years ago when the resistance against Japanese invasion drew the nation together. Then, after the founding of the people's republic, every able-bodied person had to be summoned to rebuild the country, ravaged by years of war. Housewives were called out of their homes to join in production. Family Ann Landers CAROL FOGEL SAYS WOMEN WILL BE PUSHED BACK HOME Human rights director warns: As unemployment increases so may sex discrimination SASKATOON (CP) Women have made significant strides toward equality but "1975 may be the last chance that women have for some time to says Carole Fogel, director of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. In an interview, she said sex discrimination in employment may well increase. "Attitudes have not changed so that although there are a number of women being hired in jobs that have not been traditionally women's that is the law and they now know what the law attitudes of the workers working with that person, of the employer, have not changed. "They still don't think women should be there. "And as unemployment increases I think that we're going to find it more and more dif- ficult. I think there's going to be more and more sex discrimination. "I feel there is going to be a move to get women back into the home as there was after the Second World War. There'll be a concerted effort by the media, by everybody, for women to go back home where they belong because if you have 10 per cent unem- ployment a lot of people are going to start saying the people that need the jobs are the heads of the households." Lost in the emotional reaction to un- employment, said Ms. Fogel, will be the fact. that half of working women are heads of households. She would like to see "affirmative action" programs to draw more women and mem- bers of minority groups into better jobs and to give them a better chance of promotion. That, she said, might be disliked by men who have been expecting more rapid promo- tion than they would get if women were given an equal chance, but "the white Anglo-Saxon male has had preferential treatment all those years." At the moment, Saskatchewan human- rights legislation does not permit what is sometimes termed positive discrimination. "The law doesn't allow for quotas or affirmative-action programs." Ms. Fogel said, however, the economic facts of life would prevent instant sexual equality even if social attitudes suddenly were transformed. "It's easy in Saskatchewan to say that one shouldn't discriminate against blacks be- cause there aren't any blacks. "But women are half the population and if you're going to have to treat them as equals the whole society changes. For Saskatchewan hospitals alone, the prin- ciple of equal pay for equal work would add million to the yearly payroll, she said. In discussing how prejudice against women pervades society, she gave a simple test for judging whether a statement is sexist: "Change the word girl to black." It is ironic, she mused, that what are con- sidered socially acceptable jokes when made about women would be viewed with disfavor when made about racial or ethnic groups. Dear Ann Landers: I want to rebut your statement to a woman who wrote and asked whether or not she should have an abortion. You stated your position on abortion, but added, "If abortion is against your religion, or if you feel in your heart that it is murder, I urge you NOT to do it. The guilt might cause you a lifetime of agony." I am enclosing a magazine article entitled, "Abortion: No Lasting Emotional Scars." It deals with a book written by an obstetrician and a psy- chologist and states clearly that an abortion rarely damages a woman's emotional health. In fact, the opposite is true. It often brings improvement. The article also cites facts and figures from other ex- perts. They report "70 per cent of the women said they were very happy about their abortions. Only three per cent said they were sad." These are extremely good odds no matter what the kooks who write to you say. I know this letter will go into the wastebasket because you don't like to be challenged by people who haye the facts and figures. One Of The 70 Per Cent Dear One: Figures lie and liars figure. I don't believe that only three per cent are sad. I stand by my original statement: If abortion is against your religion, or if you feel you are killing a live child, do NOT risk a lifetime of guilt by choosing this solu- tion to your "problem." Dear Ann Landers: I must comment on the letter from "Bothered And Bewildered" because her daughter Nancy is identical to ours, only we had an added problem drugs. My husband and I went through hell trying to get that girl straightened out. Nothing worked. Finally, my sister, who lives 350 miles away, ask1 ed if she could take our daughter "for a while." My misgivings were the same as Nancy's parents', but out of sheer desperation, we said yes. Within three months there was a tremendous change in that child a complete tur- naround of her behavior and attitude. We visited her last weekend and were amazed. Please tell "Bothered" two things: (1) She hasn't lost a daughter. Nancy will be back. (2) The pressure removed from the parents is an ab- solute blessing. Separation gives both parents and child a completely different perspec- tive. It turns out that my sister was a lot stronger than I thought. L.A: Mother Dear Mother: Thanks for your supportive letter. I got plenty of heat for suggesting that Nancy be housed "elsewhere." Some "ex- perts" called it others called it "aban- donment." Sometimes parents and children need a rest from each other and a change of scenery can work wonders. There is a big difference between cold and cool. Ann Landers shows you how to play it cool without freezing people out in her booklet, "Teen Age Sex Ten Ways to Cool It." Send 50 cents in coin and a long, self addressed, stamped envelope to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 1400, Elgin, Illionois 60120. From the Atlantic provinces.. .from the central and western provinces from all parts of Canada... athletes will be converging on Leth- bridge today and tomorrow to take part in the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Lethbridge is proud to be the host for this great athletic event and we, at Eaton's, join with civic officials and all southern Alberta in ex- tending a warm welcome to the visiting participants. May the games be crowned with success and may your visit to our fair city be most rewarding. Athletes to the 1975 Canada Winter Games, We Salute You! a ;