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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednesday, January 6, 1971 High school students favor equality, but feminists 'go too far' Women's Liberation: yes or nor ^OMEN'S liberation isn't about to get a shot of assistance from the younger generation, according to a survey of city schools taken by Herald correspondents in several high schools. While the WLM may be suffering, however, the concept of equality for both sexes is not. The article has been compiled from surveys conducted by Marlene Cook-shaw, Winston Churchill High School; Kathy Erd-man, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and students of Kate Andrews High School Coaldale. In My inion By CHRISTINE PUHL Herald Staff Writer J HATE the dog down the street. No offence to its owner but that dog must go. Such mutts should take the same fatal walk into the ocean which the lemmings periodically do. I mean, its not just the fact that they are horribly ugly or they either bark or slink around, but this particular dog can not come visiting without leaving at least five large wet spots anywhere imaginable. . What can you do? Why I'll never know, but this dog takes pleasure in sitting in the yard across the street continually threatening to come over any minute. How can a dog sit there all day until after midnight? I am beginning to suspect he has radar and races out of his door with his smug face just in time to greet me upon my return home. I have taken action. Besides the hockey stick and broom parked by each door, I now have an abundant supply of the scariest stones you ever did see hidden away for guess who? It's not that this maniac dog is a threat to my sweet innocent doggie, Susie. No, that question has passed. She was spayed this year. But regardless the war goes on. Now don't get me wrong, I do love animals. Of course maybe the boa snake in a local department store is not the cuddliest or have class, but I look at it from the point that at least it has distinction. Pets must have been a question at one time or another in the home of any family with children. Unless the parents are of the shocking variety, who do not object to a little creature right off, thousands of arguments must have been waged upon the appearance of a poor orphaned animal. Usually this poor little would-be pet is a chewed-up torn cat or a huge skinny black labrador or something just as shocking to an unsuspecting parent. I know the personnel from the pound had a beaten path to our door because of the firm hand of a father whom I now realize is an old softie and could have been convinced with the right tactics. It was just the speeches of animal cruelty that would be inflicted if the what-you-call-it stayed around that scared us kids off. Just talk, that is all. So kids, take heart and parents, you, too. 1 could never predict who will win but there sure are a lot of pets in this city!!! And as for that dog down the street, I may not get him but at least I will make a good try at running those short fat legs right out of their sockets. Cheerio. BINGO - MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH - WEDNESDAY at 8:00 P.M. Jackpot $125 in 56 Numbers-$25 in 7 Numbeis 4th - 8th  12 Garnet Doubled In 7 Numbers - 5 Cards $1.00 2 FREE GAMES - FREE CARDS - DOOR PRIZE NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 SPONSORED BY THE IOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE Kathy Erdman of LCI: "It seems that every year has some major controversial issue woven into it. At present, this issue of debate has shifted from pollution to the Women's Liberation Movement. This movement, affectionately referred to as the Women's Lib, has brought a lot of criticism upon itself, both favorable and unfavorable. I found it very interest i n g - and informative - to talk to the students of LCI and discover their opinions on this matter. At least, everyone |I spoke to referred to Women's _ _ Lib in terms of "they" and "them", rather than "we" which is rather comforting. In general, the boys and the girls agreed on several points: Both were quite concerned about the unequal pay for jobs. Almost everyone mentioned how unfair it is that, for doing the same amount and type of work, a woman gets paid less in many fields, including store clerking, banking, scientific research, and others. An interesting point that was brought up was the fact that women are not respected in certain jobs. Whenever a woman becomes a football player, or a jockey, or an engineer, or a company president, the fact is published over the news media as if that particular person were a freak in a circus. Also, most of the 6tudents thought the methods of attaining "liberation" were too radical and thus, defeating their purpose. (Is this also a comment on the students' rioting and demonstrating peers?) Some thought the methods downright stupid. The .Women's Lib isn't really accomplishing anything (assuming there is something to be accomplished) because not many women are really in it. There's a lot of talking and demonstrating, but no doing. Many students agreed with the principle behind Women's Lib. One very surprising thing - quite a few students said they did not really know anything about it. From what they did know of it, they deemed Women's Lib too trivia] a thing to bother about. Now, what do the girls at LCI think about Women's Lib? Let's hear a few opinions: "I think some things are OK-like equal wage but I don't think girls should open doors for boys. I like the courtesies." That brings to mind a little something I found in the Reader's Digest: 'That women's freedom movement may have a funny sequel; Instead of pretty complements, just "My, you're looking equal". * * * Gaye Williams, a lively Grade 11 student, says, "I agree with some aspects-a woman should be on a more equal basis with men because she is superior because she's got the organs for reproduction, she spends most of her time in the home and in the community. Women's Lib is ah extremist group. I can't see tilings like 'Don't-wear-a-bra-Day'. It's really defeating things when they go about it like that." * * * A few, very few, girls heartily disagree, with, "BLAAAHH ! I don't agree with Women's Lib at all-women should be more feminine and dependent on men." And still another viewpoint, "I think they're probably frustrated housewives and old spinsters. I think they're silly - none of them want to be ditch-diggers or garbagewomen. They can already be almost anything they want - doctoi"s, physicists . . . Besides, not wearing a bra is unhealthy." Most of the girls did not state whether they deemed them-selves superior, inferior, or equal to men, but they very definitely want equal pay. Sur-p r i s i n g 1 y, the boys voiced stronger opinions on the Women's Lib than the girls. * * * Indignant Alan Pollack says "I think it's stupid. There's no way women can be liberated because of the way they've been treated - getting doors opened for them, being pampered and babied and taught to cry. There's no way they can possibly be equal with men." * * * Greg Senda agrees, "They're going for the wrong thing-they don't want to be equal, but superior." * * * And then there's the unbiased, objective John Quon, "I believe in the principles of equality for women, but because society is conservative by nature, I feel that if they were less radical in pressing for equality, then it would be met with less opposition." � � * Bcrnie Drierigcr very aptly says, "They aren't equal-there are jobs women can do better than men and there are jobs men can do better than women. Kids should have mothers who care nowadays, but, if there aren't any kids in the family, it's lousy if the woman stays home and does nothing all day." The boys were very concerned about the obviously wrong ideas women have about being superior, let alone equal, to men. Most agreed with equal pay for women, but a few thought women should not oust men from their jobs and do men's work to prove (to themselves) that they are equal. Many boys agree with the women's objections, but the women's methods of achieving their ends lessened the boys' sympathy for them." Not overtaking WCHS Marlene Cookshaw of WCHS: The W o m e n's Liberation Movement is definitely not overtaking Winston Churchill High School; only five of the 30 students interviewed - two boys and three girls - were in agreement with the movement. The replies from those in opposition ranged from "I don't understand what they're fighting for" to "ridiculous" to some pretty violent four-letter reactions. Many who disagreed with the present Women's Liberation were not opposed to the basic principle itself; they believe women should have equal educational and career opportunit i e s, and that a woman in the same position as a man should definitely receive the same wage. However, they consider that only a small minority of women are in the position where they have to fight for those rights. The vast majority-27 students-consider the movement to be generally ineffective, but 14 agree that a different, less demanding approach, and better leaders could dramatically improve the situation. Some look on the whole affair as "a big joke". Seven boys and six girls find the male to be definitely the superior species. Two girls came up with a new angle - they consider women to be naturally superior and any attempts for equalization a step Male-female roles upheld By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor One very interesting attitude was revealed in the above survey of high school students and their comments on "equality" and "liberation." It was the feeling that women (single) have a different set of needs from those of women (married). Most of the young men and women who were interviewed agreed that women at work, JANUARYSALE Clearing Our Complete Stock Of FALL and WINTER CLOTHES AT 20%to50%OFF  COATS  DRESSES  PANT SUITS  BLOUSES  SLIMS  LINGERIE  HALF SIZE DRESSES, ETC. 602 3 Avenue S. OORETA LADIES' WEAR Phone 328-5115 doing the same work as men, should be given equal opportunity and paid equal wages. However, the feeling remains that women are not able to work in an equal capacity as men since men are "superior" to women. This feeling is not restricted to the male students. When a woman marries, her status in the work force becomes another matter. Her husband is the important half of the union, and the wife is relegated to the secondary role. It's reinforcing the dictum that every woman only needs to reach the altar and her future is ensured. She doesn't have to be employed in the work force. She does have to mind the house and raise the children. Every woman should be delighted at being a mother. Even adult males affirm this belief since they fee) women should be delighted at doing somet h i n g they themselves cannot. Marriage on these terms is a sacrifice; the offering being a woman's life. Not every man is cut out to be a lawyer, or a teacher, or a clerk, but by hook or by crook, every woman can be a housewife and mother, and if she isn't happy about it, there is something wrong with her. In a world made up of family units, a man who wishes to remain unmarried is considered out of step, but we assume it is his own choice. Do we assume the same of unmarried women? As one student at Kate Andrews High School so aptly put it "If washing dirty dishes, changing baby's diapers, vacuuming, preparing meals, washing clothes, .scrubbing floors, and ironing is such a fulfilling life, why haven't any men entered the field?" towards lowering their status. 1 In conclusion, It seems the Churchill male is secure in his superior position and Churchill women are happy with what they ha,ve. As one student aptly put, "So what's the hassle?" � *  Alan Burrows: "I'll treat a woman the way she expects and deserves to be treated - I won't open a door for a woman who's going to take my job." � � * Ritchie Baceda; "The women in the movement don't want to be equal; they want to be .superior." *   Llwia Coutts; very few women really want what they are fighting for; they're just doing it lor the heck of it - once they have it they won't want it." * *  Dave Johnson; "Women must accept the responsibilities of men as well as their privileges -stand on buses, pay their own way; they are really losing their status." * + � Irene Schmidt: "Equality for women means a step down; women ha.ve always had power. Women's Lib is pushing it the wrong way; they make you feel you're failing your sex if you want to get married and have kids." Could be boring KATE ANDREWS STUDENTS: "I believe that if Women's Liberation does come through, men will have to give up their ruling class privileges, but in return they will no longer be the only ones to support the family, get drafted, or bear the strain of power and responsi bility. If women are liberated, men will not have to change roles with them, but each will be free to choose according to individual tastes, talents, or preferences." Margit Rach  * � "It is, in fact, often believed that a developed educated mind also develops a woman's femininity. Every man should prefer a woman with whom he may converse comfortably and in whom he may find an interesting companion." Helen Harms  * * ', . . both sexes should be grouped according to their own levels of ability . . . Both men and women have mental inclinations to a certain job and these inclinations should be con sidered as the top requirement for a particular job." Melody Handley   # "This movement must be clean cut without any excep tions to the rale, to function properly. Women must sacrifice all the special privileges from men which are accepted as tra dition ... If such a movement could be rim perfectly, there would be no problem, but life would be boiing with everyone the same." Debbie Fujita  * * "One reason is that females lack ambition in certain fields such as physics, politics, and are too frail for rough assignments. . .. Women are also not prepared to accept long hours, travel, transfers, and extra courses. ... If the majority of women wish to change this attitude, they must change the entire social system and contribute their full potential. They must not only express their ideas by mouth but by deeds. Once this barrier is conquered, only then will the rest mingle in." Wendy Miller * * � "A favorite theme appears to be "that all men and women are created equal" a totally dis-illusionary and false assumption. Women were originally created far superior to men. They were given the honored responsibility and are essential in the psychological development of the child during the first six years of growth - the period of development which has the most important influence on later psychological stability." "Why shouldn't they be paid equal wages for equal work and ability? Why are women often discouraged from pursuing jobs like lawyers, doctors, editors, heading business firms, etc., when they are just as capable as a man." 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