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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, January 13, 1975 Conservative circles in Sweden consider proposals too radical Children aged 7 will be taught facts of life By JOHN CHADWICK STOCKHOLM (Reuter) Conservative circles in Sweden have reacted with concern over proposals to start teaching Swedish children about sexual intercourse and other facts of life at age seven. Under the new program, drawn up after a 10 year study by a special committee, boys and girls aged seven to 10 will also be taught basic facts about conception, birth control techniques and masturbation. Successive courses up to the age of 19 possibly using films of actual intercourse in the later stages would result in Swedish teen agers becoming the world's best in- formed about sex. The committee said boys and girls in Sweden are maturing increasingly early. Menstruation begins on the average at 13 years, nine months, compared with 16 years, nine months, a century ago. Half of Swedish youngsters have their first sexual partners before 18. Effective sex instruction must therefore begin sooner, the committee said. But its proposals are considered tco radical by some sectors of the Swedish community. Sex teachers, it is proposed, should not make ethical or moral judgments on subjects like premarital intercourse. One Christian critic said this would have a "catastrophic" effect. Another major objection to the new proposals, said conservatives, is that they ride roughshod over the traditional suscep- tibilities of Roman Catholic and Moslem im- migrant families from southern Europe and the Mediterranean. The proposed new program is contained in an 800 page report from the committee, a non parliamentary body set up by the ministry of education. The proposed school schedule contains sec- tions for children aged seven to to 16, and 16 19. After starting school at seven, the youngest children would begin learning about sex differences, birth control and the processes leading to conception and birth. After 10, the children would learn more about veneral diseases. They would be taught what are called "elementary sexual ethics" followed in the 13 16 age group with a presentation of Christian viewpoints on marriage and the family. This age group would also learn about "pet- prostitution and pornography. The committee stressed that sex instruc- tion should systematically counter tliu image of male female relations portrayed in por- nographic films and publications, while stressing the degradation of woman which pornography involves. In the highest age group, from 16 to 19, the committee said: "psychologically and ar- tistically outstanding films containing scenes of sexual intercourse can be useful." The report has been praised by some writers as emphasizing that sex must be taught as "tenderness, love and understanding." Church circles have entered reservations. Bartil Hansson, chairman of the Combined Christian School Board, said he could not possibly approve of the proposal to show scenes of intercourse without knowing exact- ly what the commission had in mind. A conservative newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, questioned whether children from southern European Catholic and Islamic homes should be obliged to receive Swedish school sex education. The committee argued it is better for im- migrant children to have the same sex educa- tion as Swedes because the "culture collision" is already a fact which the schools cannot alter. Svenska Dagbladet said the official body is taking the matter too lightly. "It is hard enough for many immigrants to accept Swedish sexual attitudes without the schools putting the stamp of official approval on a life style which they find deeply distur- bing." THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Everyone happy >vith French gov't plan Free contraception provided "The bus will probably be so why don't you build a snpwman for the children waiting on the PARIS Everyone in France seems happy with the government's plan to invade the bedrooms of the nation by providing free contraception. Even those opposed to con- traception on moral grounds favor the recently approved plsn as 'a way of short- circuiting the French childbearer's recourse to that greater evil, abortion. Manufacturers of pills and X A fl fl I M JANUARY CLEARANCE continues POLYESTER DOUBLE KNITS 60" prints and plains. Regular stock. Values to yd YD. LACE TRIM Minimum 10 yards per customer YD. CORDUROY 45" and 36" solid shades. 100% cotton. Values to yard YD. 4" 1 5C 929 DENIM 36" and 100% cotton. Values to yard................... YD. 2 49 DRAPERY Acrylics, polyesters, acetates, nylon, rayon, cotton, etc. Values to yard................... YD. UPHOLSTERY Full Bolts 54" .____ YD. 129 2 COTTONS POLY-COTTONS 36" and Solid shades. Small Bolts......................... YD. LUREX Values to yard................... YD. 459 Plus many unadvertised specials such as, jersey, satins, acrylic pile, wool worsted, wool flannels, quilted house- coats fabrics, acrylic knits, etc. FAN IVY'S FABRIC FACTORY LETHBRIDGE LTD a-gesf Se'ecf'O'' l elf 1239 2nd AvenueS. (Old John Deere Bldg.) other contraceptive products, of course, are banking on a boom in their already-thriving business. And the government's social security service, which will refund an estimated million under the program in 1975, considers this a saving over the costlier medical, hospital and drug expenses it has to pay yearly for acciden- tal births. Regular medical supervi- sion of contraceptive users will also allow for quicker dis- covery of sicknesses and dis- eases in the early stages and this will cut down the length and high cost of treatment, the service expects. Studies have shown that in 1973, 1.6 million women, or 16 per cent of those of child- bearing age, in France made use of contraceptives. The pill was favored by 1.5 million, used intra-uterine devices and opted for the diaphragm. -Tlif Herald- fa mily More than 50 million con- doms were also sold last year. Taking into account the costs of the various products and the medical fees paid to determine which product was suited to each patient, authorities have evaluated the price of contraception for 1973 at million. The new refund program is expected to increase the num- ber of contraceptive users sig- nificantly, especially since it will give minors free access to the products. The authorities expect the number of pill users, repre- senting about 13 per cent of France's 11 million women of childbearing age, will double in the next few years as it did in Hungary, Sweden and other countries where similar pro- grams were instituted. Recent studies have shown that 50 to 60 per cent of French women of childbear- ing age who do not use contraception become pregnant. Forty per cent of these choose to be aborted, giving France an average yearly total of at least abor- tions.. The figure is judged conservative by advocates of abortion on demand. 19, called upon to become auctioneer ASHTON, Ont. (CP) When an auction hall opened three years ago in this Ottawa Valley hamlet, 25 miles west of Ottawa, Janice Higgins, then 16, worked the snack bar after school and on weekends. Later she began cataloguing the articles for auction and acquired a knowledge of glass, pottery and furniture. This year owner Gerald Lepage called on Janice to become a professional auc- tioneer. "I'd never really thought about it before but figured, she said recently after her first auction. Before her debut at the Ash- ton Auction Hall, the 19-year- old girl auctioneer was a bit nervous. "I'm just not used to getting up in front of a crowd of people." Drawing on her experience around the auction hall and a two-week course at the Reisch Auction College in Mason City, Iowa, Janice has become the youngest auctioneer in the Ottawa area and the only female one. At the auction college she received a basic training with nine other Canadians, including a woman student from Manitoba. The Iowa college gives instruction not only in auctioning antiques but in farm, estate and car sales as well. "After you get out'you're expected to choose one area to specialize she said. "They stressed throwing out your voice. People who started the course talking softly became 100 per cent more forceful and strong by the end of the two weeks." At her debut, Mr. Lepage told the auction hall crowd that Miss Higgins is bound by the rules of the house as is any auctioneer. "That means she will pay to anyone who finds her doing anything crooked or ille- gal." "OK, colonel, go came a shout from a well- wisher and she started her new career with the auction of an oval blue willow-pattern platter for receiving enthusiastic applause on her first sale. Dear Ann Landers: When to count the things fo read your advice we should be grateful. the five-year-old boy should have married mother put ribbons on said th blonde curls and gave "I replied th tea set for Christmas, 1 "That better man ca ed that maybe you could be found, if only we tak me, time and trouble to reviv I am a girl, 52 years of Rabbi Samuel M My problems started when Temple Sinai, Stam father knitted me a Conn. argyle sox for my birthday. Those sox Rabbi Silver: You something to my life, are pure gold. Than From then on I wanted a for a beautiful message cut. I refused to wear silk sure many readers sav derwear like the other girls in this colum my gym class and insisted green jockey shorts. hate dresses and I Ann Landers: I am everywhere in jeans who conduct like a lady. For the OIK Lately I've been thinking time, I have heard changing my name or "Hold al Esther to Ralph. But deep or "Sweetheart my heart I want to make five copies o straight. Is it too late for last letter." Gay in Dear Gay: My spies is supposed to be located you "In office. I'd like to tel and would you believe boss to cut out the affec traced your letter to and cutesy names, bu I don't havf Look, kids, Yale is a job waiting. Besides tough school. If you have several years o stay there you're and one doesn't jus have to spend more of out these days. time hitting the books. Please save your stamps (or write you will print this letter ir your folks) and let me paper I will put it on the Dear Ann Landers: A board where the ple was having hard sledding. They were rubbing each can see it. A Woman With A Pronounceable Name the wrong way. The Woman: Here's your and quarreling were ruining their relationship. Finally but I notice you didn't ask for an answer, so I won't man said to his wife, "I'm sorry, dear, for the way I've been treating you. Perhaps you should have married one. While I'm sure some secretaries in my reading audience feel as you do, I'l] bet there are a greater better man. She replied, "I did. The expected pattern is to who attach little or no importance to those affec-.ionate names which are more to improve year after year, but too often we habit than anything else. backwards. The persons were in our younger years aic often better than the we are now. We allow and disappointments to E the luster of our lives. We habit blind us to the qualities of those who closest to "Love is something must work at. It cannot be sustained unless it is cultivated and nourished. One way to renew the thrill of young love is to Jan. 13th 55 NUMBERS 16 GAMES Gold Cards Pay Double S5 Door Free Cards (Playid Until Cards 25C or LODGE lor 51 Si. and 6lh Ave. "A" N. EVERY THURS.-8 Children under 16 allowed BINGO RAINBOW HALL -1401 5 Ave. N. Tuesday, January 14th p.m. JACKPOT (N 50 NUMBERS Free Cards Cardi and Games, 256 per Card, 5 Cards Door Prize No Children under 16 Years Sponsored by A.U.U.C. Association >nd Avenue S, (Old John Deere Bldg.) Phone 329-3355 Monday thru Saturday a m to p m Thursday and Friday a m to p.m. INFLATION IS NO REASON TO BE OVERWEIGHT. If you're putt ing off coming to a Weight meeting because vnu Iliink tlmt food for our weight control pint, rim (no we'd like (o that rmth right now! ll open vour evt's to a new world of plentiful uid foods, inexpensive cuts of seafood, fruits, vegetables, dairy products-even snacks. At (he very nexi Weight Watchers meeting, we'll pive out our now booklet crammed with tips on how to prepare delicious meals on the Weight Watchers Program at-ji non-inflationary cost for you and your family. The first slop i.s easy. It .starts at the next Weigh! Watchers meeting. Wherever You Live, There's A Class Near You: Lethbridge St. Augustine's Anglican Church Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and p.m. Taber Civic Centre Thursdays at p.m. Frank Community Hall Wednesdays at p.m. Pinchor Creek Town Hall Tuesday at p.m. WEIGHT WATCHERS JOE DUNCAN Joe Duncan... Of JOSEPH HAIR STYLES 922-Sth Avenue, North Lethbridge Phone 328-7366 Is Pleased to Announce THE DOUBLING IN SIZE OF HIS HAIR SALON and INCREASE IN STAFF to give You... MORE ATTRACTIVE SURROUNDINGS BETTER SERVICE NEILSON Come In and Meet the NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR QUALIFIED STAFF YVONNE NEILSON Specializing in Men's Hair Slylings Or any other member of our Staff FAYE SCHAUFERT MAXINE JANZEN ROSE ANN ZIGLI MARY LYNN VAN HELL JANUARY SPECIAL! SAVE '2.00 1 Clip and Bring (hit Counon with You! GIFT COUPON Valued it Valid till January 31 H.1975 (Upon presentation) on any Unipermor Act I Permanent at JOSEPH HAIR STYLES ;