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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Tuesday, June 23, 1970 _ THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Mid-Life Crisis Often Exaggerated By ALISON GODDARD SAN FRANCISCO (MW) Experts once warned Uiat thi middle years were a time o rising marital and family crisi divorces, ulcers, a] coholism and the "empty nest' blues. But a new study of mid die class couples in their 40' and 5Q's reveals they arc in wha One wife describes as "a very comfortable rut" and generally happy with their lot. Professor Marjorie F. Lowen thai, director of the Adult De- velopment program of the Langley Porter Neuropsychiat ric Institute, University of Call fornia's Medical Centre, said preliminary findings indicat "little evidence for the exis tence of a mid-life crisis." There were a few exceptions faced with the probleir of serious illness, for example David Chiriboga, re- search psychologist on Iht study, reported that 70 to 80 per cent of those questioned were 'pretty happy' to 'very happy with their lives." He described the couples in the study as typical middle-class, "sta ble and with relatively conser- vative attitudes about life. They Are sort of average, no ex- tremes and represented." SEX AND SPATS All Of the 50 couples selected for tile study had their young- est child in senior year of high school when they study began, The ages of the women aver- age out to 48; that of the nten 51. The study covers their prob- lems, frustrations, expectations and an evaluation of their lives. One finding is of particular interest to all married men whose home life is relatively free of marital spats and argu- ments. Many wives volunteered the recipe for marital bliss: they placate their husbands and avoid touchy subjects. When couples do argue, the most fre- quent area of disagreement is the discipline of their off- spring. If any Issue is clouded1, 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. Mostly, their evaluation of their sex life was either negative or their responses were ambig- uous. 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 psychia- trists say that men tend to handle their problems by "denying" their existence. They PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES JACKPOT IETHBRIDGE ElKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS.-B p.m. pay lor tliis denial with higher rales for suicides, ulcers, heart attacks, alcoholism and mental illness. While there was little evi- dence of crises in the middle years, there were problems and difficulties. The men largely cited occupational and finan- cial problems; the women, dif- ficulties with children. Women, more so than men, tallied about personal shortcomings such as decline in health or energy, in- decisiveness or inefficiency. When asked what achieve- ments gave them satisfaction, men said they were proud of their marriage, their children and their family. Only five men s t r c s s ed occupational attain- ments. Women derived satis- faction from family, children and friends but they weren't necessarily proud of their mar- riages. Alderman Challenges Minister Nf Id, 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 dis- crepancy in minimum wages for men ami women. Men over 19 will receive an hour women One of her objections is tha employers are more likely in some cases to hire a woman a the lower rate than a man a 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 evi thing. "I now challenge the minister of labor to a debate on the sub- ject of equal pay for equal work. I would really enjoy dis- cussing this matter with him in a public forum. "Present legislation in thi province forces working wome to be second-class citizens. know of many particular in stances where discrimination i prevalent." Mrs. Wyatt says she feels he own job security allows her t say what many working wome can only think. "There are many women wh feel as strongly as 1 do abou the rights of women, but wh simply cannot speak out. The} know they can be replaced b; someone who will be quiet." The Wyatts have two children son, 15, and a daughter, 8 Mrs. Wyatt says she owes her daughter an effort. "I know that as a parent I have an obligation to my daugh :er and to all our daughters to right this wrong. I will suppo: any political party and will go after the female vote for anj candidate if he includes in his )Iatform a promise to work for egisla t i o n guaranteeing equal pay for equal work." L-alenaar n i n oLocal PONCHOS, FRINGED AND PATTERNED are vtgus for men's as well as ladies' 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 Montreal, LADIES' AUXILIARY CANADIAN LEGION BINGO Wednesday at 8 p.m. Air Conditioned Memorial Hall 4th Game 17th Gam. 8th Game In 7 Numbers if 4th Game Not Won nth Game Extra Cards 2Sc Lucky Draw 1st Game Blackout Door Standard Gamei Doubled if Won in 7 Numbers in first 12 games TICKET GIVEN TO WINNERS OF All GAMES EVERYONE WEICOME We give your clothes 'THE RED CARPET TREATMENT' When It comes to FINE Dry Cleaning Come to Benjamin's every lime it costs no more. For FREE Pickup and delivery BENJAMIN'S CLEANERS-TAILORS Vi BLOCK NORTH OF YATES CENTRE AT 317 10th STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-5771 (INTERIORS) LTD. Open Thuriday till 9 p.m. I Alcohol Problem, Not Drugs Says National WCTU Head LONDON, Ont. (CP) The national president of the Women's Christian Temper- enee Union charged here "ttiat 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 ntade 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 she said. "Alcohol is evil and the WCTU has em- phasized over and over its dangers to health and mind." A Baptist churchwoman, Mrs. 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. Burbank. son of I llr. and Mrs. Dean Burbank of jCthbridgc. graduated recently "rom Brigham Young Uru'ver- iity in Provo, Utah. He received his bachelor of science degree in marketing i n d business administration rom tho university, and will move to Belleville, Ontario co-owner of a food rompany there. of children she bears, should know how. Tiiere are ways besides the pill you know." The Magowan-Haiieman Unit of the First United Church Vomen will hold a Lawn Straw- jerry Tea and Bake Sale at the home of Mrs. V. S. Reed, 540 12 St. B N., on Wednesday from to 4 p.m. In the event of inclement veather, the event will be held n the lower hall of the church. Christian Science testimony meeting will be held Wednes- day at p.m. in the church auditorium, 1203 4 Ave. S. All are welcome. Dominion R e b e k a h Lodge will hold its regular meeting in Thursday at 8 p.m. in the IOOF Hall. Visiting Rebekahs ft'elcome. Fad Hits Barbers [n Pocketbooks VANCOUVER (CP) The president of the Barbers In- ternational Union says more hair means less money for1 barbers in North Am- erica. But Joseph Depaolo of In- dianapolis, Ind., believes "it's just a fad and will take a period of time to wash out." Depaolo, in town for a meeting of the union's execu- tive, said today's longhairs are in a minority. "We're going through trends, but sometimes we have to back up a litUe and I'm sure we will come out of it in the he said. THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "Here's a get-well card from the boy who left his skate on our front walk." IETHBRIDGE FISH GAME ASSN. WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. IN THE NEW EAGLES HALL BLACKOUT 56 NUMBERS-FREE CARPS 3 JACKPOTS (4th, 8th ond 12th) in 7 NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 HOW TO AVOID RUST TORONTO (CP) Rubbing te unplated inner surface of ach blade of a pair of shears nth n crushed piece of wax aper keeps them rust-proof. FANG-FULL BEAUTY SALON 738 13ih St. N. Phone 327-1626 is pleased to announce that ANN FURUKAW formerly of Taber hns joined their staff. nnd meef her and advantage ef the PERM SPECIALS M.oo 6.50 ontl UP Also see new selection in all synthetic wigs at tho lowest prices ever offered. MARGARET THATCHER Sole Woman In British Cabinet LONDON (AP) The only woman in bachelor Edward Heath's new Conservative 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 Doug- las-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 eco- nomic affairs. Mrs. Thatcher, who became a lawyer at the age of 29, kept rising in Heath's estimation and finally was appointed Conservative spokes man on education a year ago. She has never courted pub- licity and keeps to herself in private life, Iri the House of Commons, 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 government of defeated Prime Minister Har- old Wilson featured several women, led by Barbara Castle as first secretary of state. There were also five women junior ministers. Planning Continues For Meals On Wheels The Lethbridge Society for Meals on Wheels met recently to discuss further plans lor the operation of the program and receive reports on progress to date. Mrs. H. P. Walker, president, advised applications for the asition of co-ordinator had >een received and will be act- ed on, also tenders had been to supply meals to those wishing to take advant- age of the program. The treasurer's report show- ed that over had been re- ceived to date toward a mini- mum objective of sought >y the society before operations can commence. Contributions may be sent to Mrs. Dale Cooler, treasurer, 1118 24 St. S., Lethbridge. A concerted drive for funds will be made later in the sum- mer with the hope that the pro- gram may be stalled early in September. Ann Land e 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 tire size of families or we are nil doomed. Now that the country las been scored out ot its wits about the side effects of the very poor evi- dence, according to my doctor there will be many moro unwanted pregancies. True, the abortion laws are being some states (an encouraging sign that we are emerging from tire Dark still many women will die because the change in laws didn't come soon enough to their stale. All this strikes me as grossly unfair. Why must It tw the sole responsibility of the female to keep fron: getting pregnant? After all, the male carries the sperm thai fathers the child. A simple operation called ii vasectomy can bo performed in a doctor's office. It sterilizes the male with- out affecting his sexual prowess. After a couple has had two children (which seems to lie 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 sim- ple 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 his fertility. H has solved a good many marital problems and it could solve many more. Yes, I'm with you. DEAR ANN LANDERS: I wonder 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 hav- ing an affair with a city official whose wife was in poor health. I'm sure a great many city officials were mads uncomfortable by that column. I happen to be a city official whose wife Is In poor health. My wife reads your column every so do I. Frequently she points out letters which she thinks are especially good. Sometimes she says, "Doesn't this remind you of Today she was noticeably silent. It was one of the few columns she didn't comment on. She seem- ed a little sad all day. The fact that a man's wife is not in the best of health1 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 City Official DEAR OFFICIAL: On behalf of every city official In the United States (who isn't fooling around) I thank you. B 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 how she got away with all that stuff. She laughed and When I told her I'd be afraid to try, she said, "Hotels expect it. It's included in the bill." Is this true? Is what she does DEAR MNX: What your friend means is that hotel rates are 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 s hotel than from a department store. BJNGO RAINBOW HALL 1401 5lli Avenue N. 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