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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Tueidoy, June 23, 1970 - THE lETHBRIDGE HERALD - H Mid-Life Crisis Often Exaggerated By ALISON GODDARD SAN FRANCISCO (MW) -Experts once warned that the middle years were a time of rising marital amd family crisis -of divorces, ulcers, alcoholism and the "empty nest" blues. But a new study of middle class couples in thefa- 40's and 50's reveals they are in what one wife describes as "a very comfortable rut" and generally happy vn\h their lot. Professor Marjorie F. Lowen-tbal, director of the Adult Development program of the Langley Porter NeuropsycMat-ric Institute, University oi California's Medical Centre, said preliminary findings indicate "little evidence for the existence of a mid-Mfe crisis." There were a few exceptions -those faced with the problem of serious illness, for example -but David Chiriboga, research psychologist on the study, reported that 70 to 80 per cent of those questioned were " 'pretty happy' to 'vei-y happy' with their lives." He described the couples in the study as typical middle-class, "stable and with relatively conservative attitudes about life. They are sort of average, no extremes and represented." SEX AND SPATS All of the 50 couples selected for the study had their youngest child in senior year of high school when they study began. The aiges of the women average out to 48; that of the mien, 51. The study covers their problems, frustrations, expectations and an evaluatioji of their lives. One finding is of particular interest to all married men whose home life is relatively free of marital spats and arguments. Many wives volunteered the recipe for marital bliss: they placate their husbands and avoid touchy subjects. When couples do argue, the most frequent area of disagreement is the discipline of their offspring. If any issue is clouded, it is marital sex. At a r a t i o of 3-1, the men said their sex life is about the same or better. But that's not what their wives say. MoGtly, their evaluation of their sex life was either negative or their responses were ambig- IKMIS. In evaluating all aspects of their past, present and future lives, the men, on the whole, tended to be more optimistic than their spouses. But psychiatrists say that men tend to handle their problems by "denying" their existence. They pay for this denial with! Wgher rates for suicides, ulcers, heart attacks, alcoholism and mental illness. While there was little evidence of crises in the middle years, there were problems and difficulties. The men largely cited occupaitional and financial problems'; the women, difficulties with children. Women, more so than men, talked about personal shortcomings such as decline in health or energy, in-decisiveness or inefficiency. When asked what achievements gave them satisfaction, men said they were proud of their marriage, their children and theh- family. Only five men s t r e s s ed occupational attainments. Women derived satisfaction from family, children and friends but they weren't necessarily proud of their marriages. public BINGO 16 GAMES $500 jackpot LETHBRrOGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS.- 8 p.m. '9 Alderman Challenges Minister iVfid. Pay Inequalities ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) -Dorothy Wyatt has challenged Labor Minister W. J. Keough of Newfoundland to a debate on equal pay for women. Mrs. Wyatt is the first woman elected to the St. John's city council. She is a nurse who works for her doctor husband. She is objecting to a change in Newfoundland's minimum wage scale which adds 15 cents on July 1, but continues the discrepancy in minimum wages for men and women. Men over 19 will receive $1.25 an hour, women $1. One of her objections is that employers are more likely in some cases to hire a woman at the lower rate than a man at the higher. Apart from the effect on the economy she says this forces some mothers to leave their children without adequate care. "This is intrinsically an evil thing. "I now challenge the minister of labor to a debate on the sub- ject of equal pay for equal work. I would reailly enjoy discussing this matter with hdm in a public forum. "Present legislation in this province farces working women to be second-class citizens. I know of many particular Instances where discrimination is prevalent." Mrs. Wyatt says she feels her own job security allows her to say what many working women can only think. "There are many women who feel as strongly as I do about the rights of women, but who simply cannot speak out. They know they can be replaced by someone who wUl be quiet." The Wyatts have two children, a son, 15, and a daughter, 8. Mrs. Wyatt says she owes her daughter an effort. "I know that as a parent I have an obKgation to my daughter and to all our daughters to right this wrong. I will support any political party and will go after the female vote for any candidate If he includes in his platform a promise to work for legisla t i 0 n guaranteeing equal pay for equal work." ar daienlc cHoca i -Mappi Of The Magowan-Harleman Unit of the First United Church Women wil hold a Lawn Strawberry Tea and, Bake Sale at the home of Mrs. V. S. Reed, 540 12 St. B N., on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the lower hall of the church. � * � Christian Science testimony meeting wiU be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the church auditorium, 1203 4 Ave. S. AH are welcome. Dominion R e b e k a h Lodge will hold its regular meeting on Thursday at 8 p.m.. in the lOOF Hall. Visiting Rebekahs welcome. PONCHOS, FRINGED AND PAHERNED - are vcgue for men's as well as ladies' wardrob��. The poncho, from Standard Knitting Mills, Winnipeg, in a blend of "Orion" acrylic fibre with wool, is featured In an Indian jacquard pattern. The sculptured bird, a creation of the Senufo tribe and the mask from Liberia, are found in "The Gallery of Primitive Art", Montreal. ladies' auxiliary canadian legion BINGO Wednesday at 8 p.m. �"�'^^ Air Conditioned Memorial Hall 4th Game $250 - 17th Gam* $40 8th Game $85 In 7 Numbers if 4th Game Net Won 12th Game $10.00 - Extra Cards 2Sc- Lucky Draw $14 Tst Game $15 -9th Game $20 Blackout - Door Prize $S Standard Games Doubled if Won In 7 Number* In first 12 games TICKET GIVEN TO WINNERS OF AIL GAMES EVERYONE WELCOME if We give your dothes 'THE RED CARPET TREATMENT' When It comes to FINE Dry Cleaning -, Come to Beniamin'i every time ... it costs sWl no more. For FREE Pickup and delivery call- BENJAMIN'S cleaners-tailors % BLOCK NORTH OF YATES CENTRE AT 317 10th STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-5771 Alcohol Problem^ Not Drugs Says National WCTU Head LONDON, Ont. (CP) - Tl� national president of the Women's Christian Temper-ence Union charged here "that all this fuss about youth and drugs is just a cover for their increased consumption of alcohol." In an interview here at the 92nd annual convention of the Ontario WCTU, Mrs. James Nelson of St. Catharines said she doesn't believe surveys made in secondary schools which indicate large numbers of students are using drugs. "When young people say they are smoking marijuana or taking LSD, they are really drinking," she said. "Alcohol is evil and the WCTU has emphasized over and over its dangers to health and mind." A Baptist churchwoman, Mi-s. Nelson decried the present campaigns being waged by pro-abortion groups in Canada. "I am absolutely against abortion. God created us for the purpose of child-bearing. Any sensible woman who wants to control the number BYU Graduates Warren H. Biu-bank, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Burbank of Lethbridge, graduated recently from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He received his bachelor of science degree in marketing and business administration from tlie university, and will move to Belleville, Ontario to become co-omer of a food company there. of children she bears, should know ho\v. There are ways besides the pill you know." Long-Hair Fad Hits Bai'bers In Pocketbooks VANCOUVER (CP) - The president of the Barbers International Union says more hair means less money for* 65,0(X) barbers in North America. But Joseph Depaolo of Indianapolis, Ind., believes "it's just a fad and will take a period of time to wa^ out." Depaolo, in town for a meeting of the union's executive, said today's longhairs are in a minority. "We're going through trends, but sometimes we have to back up a little and I'm sure we wUl come out of it in the end," he said. THE BEHER HALF By Bob Barnes 1IT�. T>>tHr|ut*i "Here's a get-well card from the boy who left his skate on our front walk." HOW TO AVOID RUST TORONTO (CP) - Rubbing the luiplated inner surface of each blade of a pair of shears with a crushed piece of wax paper keeps them rust-proof. LETHBRIDGE FISH & GAME ASSN. WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. in the new"eagles hall $115 BLACKOUT 56 NUMBERS-FREE CARDS 3 JACKPOTS (4th, 8th and 12th) - $25 in 7 Numbers NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 FANCI-FULL BEAUTY SALON 738 13th St. N. Phone 327-1626 is pleased to announce that ann furukaw formerly of Tober hos joined their staff. Come and meet her and take advantage of the PERM SPECIALS Reg. 20.00 ____ 6.50 and UP Also see the new selection in all synthetic wigs at the lowest prices ever offered. MARGARET "niATaiER Sole Woman In British Cabinet LONDON (AP) - The only woman in bachelor Edward Heath's new CJonservative cabinet in Britain is a plump blonde lawyer known for her unruffled temperament and razor-edged mind. Margaret Thatcher, 44, was chosen by the prime minister as his minister of education and science. She joined 17 men in the cabinet. Mrs. Thatcher - who dislikes her middle name, Hilda - is a graduate of Oxford University with a science degree. In the last Conservative government of Sir Alec Douglas-Home six years ago, she was parliamentary secretary for the ministry of pensions and national insurance. Two years later, with the Conservatives in opposition. Heath appointed her to his shadow cabinet to watch economic affairs. Mrs. Thatcher, who became a laviver at the age of 29, kept rising in Heath's estimation and finally was appointed Conservative spokes m a n on education a year ago. She has never courted publicity and keeps to herself in private life. In the House of (Emmons, she represents the swank London suburb of Fin-chley, a Tory stronghold. She is married to Denis Thatcher, a director of oil companies. They have twin children, a boy and a girl. The Labor goverimient of defeated Prime Mimster Harold Wilson featured several women, led by Barbara Castle as first secretary of state. There were also five women junior ministers. Ann _anders Planning Continues For Meals On Wheels The Lethbridge Society for Meals on Wheels met recently to discuss further plans for the operation of the program and receive reports on progress to date. Mrs. H. P. Walker, president, advised applications for the position of co-ordinator had been received and will be acted on, also tenders had been received to supply meals to those wishing to take advantage of the program. The treasurer's report showed that over $800 had been received to date toward a minimum objective of $4,(X)0 soxight by the society before operations can commence. Contributions may be sent to Mrs. Dale Cooler, treasurer, 1118 24 St. S., LetMjridge. A concerted drive for funds will be made later in the summer with the hope that the program may be stai'ted eai-ly in September. DEAR ANN LANDERS: It Is now abundantly clear to even the most empty-headed fools that something drastic must be done within the next decade to limit the size of families or we are all doomed. Now that the country has been scared out of Its wits about tlie side effects of the pill-with very poor evidence, according to my doctor - there wiU be many more unwanted pregancies. True, the abortion laws are being liberahzed-in some states (an encouraging sign that we are emerging from the Dark Ages)-but still many women will die because the change in laws didn't come soon enough to their state. All this strikes me as grossly unfair. Why must It be the sole responsibility of the female to keep from: getting pregnant? After all, the male carries the sperm that fathers the child. A simple operation called a vasectomy can ba pe:"formed in a doctor's office. It sterilizes the male without affecting his sexual prowess. After a couple has had two children (which seems to be the ideal size for our kooked-up world) the husband could put an end to his wife's anxiety about getting pregnant by having this simple surgical procedure. What do you say? Are you with me? M. J. M. DEAR M. J. M.: My medical consultants tell me � vasectomy is a safe, sane operation and it in no way reduces a man's virility-only his fertility. It has solved a good many marital problems and it could solve many more. Yes, I'm with you. DEAR ANN LANDERS: I %vonder if you realize what a tremendous weapon you wield in your column. I refer to the letter from the tramp who said she had been having an affair with a city official whose wfe was in poor health. I'm sure a igreat many city officials were made uncomfortable by that column. I happen to be a city official whose wife is In poor health. My wife reads your column every day-and so do I. Frequently she pomts out letters which she thinks are especially good. Sometimes she says, "Doesn't this remind you of So-And-So?" Today she was noticeably silent. It was one of the few columns she didn't comment on. She seemed a little sad all day. The fact that a mans wife is not in the best of bealtH doesn't give him the licence to fool around. I'v had some interesting offers, but I wouldn't trade my wife for any woman in the world. Even though she is sick a lot, she's the only girl in the world for me. Please print this.-A City Official DEAR OFFICIAL: On behalf of every city official in the United States (who isn't fooling around) I tliank you.  � * DEAR ANN LANDERS: I spent the weekend with a friend who went to the big city to work last year. We were high school classmates. I was surprised to find that every one of her towels and dishes has the name of a big hotel on it. I asked bow she got away with all that stuff. She laughed and said-"Practice!" Wiien I told her I'd be afraid to try, she said, "Hotels expect it. It's included in the bm." Is this true? Is what she does 0.K.7-MNX DEAR MNX: What your friend means Is that hotel rates ai-e higher because of thieves like her. Someone has to absorb the cost of the stealing. Do I think it is O.K.? I do not. A person has no more right to take a towel from a hotel than from a department store. BJNGO - RAINBOW HALL 1401 5fh Avenue N. TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd at 8 p.m. 1st Jackpot $55, 54 Nos.; 2nd Jackpot $55, 56 Nos. Free Cards-Cards and Games, 25c per Card, 5 Cards $1.00 3 Free Games - Door Prize No Children Under 16 Years of Age Sponsored By A.U.U.C. Association RUBY PIERSON Shoppers' World Ph. 328-2566 A MUST FOR YOUR VACATION OUR Dyne! 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