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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Dangers of the housewife syndrome Jum 7, 1971 THE lEtHBRIOOl HEHALP 33 Marriage., western Europe style, irks ivives By JOYCE KGG1NTON London Observer Service NEW YORK Marriage, western European style, makes wives sick. The American so- ciologist, Dr. Jessie Bernard, has found that far more house- wives are likely lo suf- fer nervous breakdowns, de- pressions and insomnia than working women, whereas the physical and mental health of married men is a lot belter than tliat of bachelors. After more than three years' research into the status of modern marriage, Dr. Bernard lending expert in Ihe field of family relations, and profes- sor emerita of sociology al Pcnn Stale University has come lo the conclusion (hat 'there are two marriages in ivery marital union, his and lei's, and his is better than hers." This statement forms the lieme of Dr. Bernard's new book, THE FUTURE OF MAR- RIAGE, a finely researched olume which seems likely to >ecome as talked about, in its vay, as Kinsey's books on sex- UP IN THE AIR Precision flying and sky diving ore port of the air show lhaf visit- ors enjoy at Transpo '72. Transpo is an international exhibition on transportation be- ing held1 at Dulles International Airport of Washington, i 20 death threats for Angela SAN JOSE, Calif. CAP) An- gela Davis has been deluged by hundreds of congratulatory tele- grams and phone calls praising her acquittal. But she also has received about 20 death threats, a spokesman said. The 28-year-old black Com- munist spent Monday swimming in nearly 100-degree heat, tak- ing a sauna bath and discussing vacation plans, spokesman Stephanie Allan said. An all-white jury of seven women and five men acquitted Miss Davis Sunday of murder. kidnap and conspiracy charges stemming from a 1970 court- house escape attempt in which a judge and three others were Wiled. Miss Allan said the telegrams of congratulations from across the United Stales and through- out the world far outnumbered the hate calls and death threats. One telegram came from San Quentin prisoner Fleeta Drumgo, one of the two surviv- ing Soledad Brothers. During the 13-week trial, (he prosecution contended that Miss Davis helped plot the court- house escape try in hopes of freeing the inaa she ledad Brother George Jackson who was killed last year duriuj an alleged breakout attemp from San Q u e n I i n prison Drumgo testified for the defenci that he knew nothing of the plo to free the Soledad Brothers. Communist leaders in France West Germany, Australia anc Britain joined American Com munist party officials Henry Winston and Gus Hall in cheer ing Miss Davis by telegram. ml behavior. It says much that he women's liberation move- ment has been saying, only with more reasoning and less emotion. Yet Dr. Bernard says she tlid not intend to write such a book. When commissioned to do a survey on marriage she felt that with her background of 40 years in sociological re- search she could write it iu a few months, without much ef fort. Following wherever her re search took her, she surprised herself by producing a fins' draft which bore practically no relation to the first. It turnec out to be a damning indict- ment of the system which ex- pects educated women to be content with the low and lone- ly status of housework. This says Dr. Bernard, has ramifi cations throughout a woman's marriage. Her husband has competitive job while she has a dead-end one; he .must be well groomed for his work, so his new suit is more import an than hers. He grows in his work; she does not. In fact, housework "ma; have a deteriorating effec upon her mind, rendering her incapable of prolonged conceit-e viewed as Public Health Problem Number One." Few of (he suffering house- wives'admit to being unhappily married, since it is usually the job and not (he husband which causes a wife's distress. The blame lies with the "anachron- istic way in which marriage is structured today or, rather, the life-style which accompa- nies marriage and which de- mands that all wives be house- wives." EFFECT REVERSED The effect of marriage upon men, Dr. Bernard found, is the reverse. The average married man is in slightly better phys- ical health and very much bet- ter mental health' than the av- i erage bachelor. He is also hap- pier, and only half as likely to commit suicide as if he re- mained unmarried. She be- lieves that most men need the, security and restraints of mar- riage for their emotional well- being. Children rarely make for added happiness between hus survive arc usually happier than marriages with children. SHARE DUTIES Accommodating the mar- riages of husbands and wives to the demands of working mothers must be one of the first priorities of the future, Dr. Bernard believes. She does nol advocate day-care centres, bul ralher beJieves that housework wives in Ihe same age group, again to reduce the number o( lonely widows and she en- visages the possibility of a new form of marriage contracts, re- newable every five or 10 years. Dr. Bernard is convinced that marriage is here to stay, but thinks that traditional mar- riage will be only one of many future options. There may be temporary childless marriages for the young, stable or "tem- porarily permanent" mar- riages, involving child-re a ring for the middle years, and yet other forms of marriage for the elderly. People should be able to tailor their relation- ships to their circumstances and preferences. "And although and child shared by care should both partners, Loughccd plans trip to New York CALGARY (CP) Premier Peter Loughced said Monday he will hold discussions with finance officials in New York later this month which will in- volve Alberta investment op- portunities. Hr said in an interview talks will include Ixrth Alberta gov- ernment bonds and the climate for investment in private en- terprises in the province. "We look on it as an oppor- tuniiy for us to touch base with Ihe i inane kit community in New York. I think it is a responsibil- ity of the premier to have communication directly with (he people involved with in- vestment in Alberta." The New York trip is sched- uled lo start June 20, with other f would be hard put to prove I talks set for Boston. sees this as becoming more and more possible with the advent of the three-and four-day week. She feels a wife must have fi- n a n c i a I independence, com- menting that "a union between a man and a woman in wliich, when it breaks down, one loses not only the mate.but also the very means of subsistence is not a fair relationship." PARADISE FOUND Ralph S. Widrig was disenchanted with public campgroundl, so he and his family found thefr own piece of wilderness, Read what it's like. EN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE SIMPSONS-SEARS Plush, twist, shag, indoor-outdoor Powermate cleans them all! Tested and Approved by Leaders of the Canadian Carpet Industry The famous Kenmore Beater -bar Powermate is reg. sell- ing in our Spring '72 and General Catalogue at 179.98 VACUUM BAG SALE Reg, 1.29 Kenmore Lewyt 99' Hoover Most Pkg's, .'i ONE DAY ONLY-NO TELEPHONE ORDERS 149-99 THE POWERMATE STORY Canada's most complete home-cleaning unit. Motorized Powermate with re- volving brush and beater-bar teams up wilh huge suction of canister for un- beatable rug cleaning. 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