Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Fourth Section The Uthbridge Herald Lethbridge. Alberta, Wednesday, March 13, 1974 Pages 35-44 -The Herald Family Considered 'new servant class9 in North America Housewives break down for good reasons NEW YORK (AP) Housewives have good reason for going to pieces, says a psychiatrist who considers the old expression appropriate for today. "Going to pieces is the old expression for a said Dr. Robert Seidenberg. "But it's a better description of the lives of housewives today. They must meet their husbands' needs, their children's needs and handle their housework. Their lives are fragmented and they spend more time with machines than with their families." Dr. Seidenberg says housewives are the new servant class in North America "The husband's life has a central core: his job. But each time he is transferred to a new community, a wife must make new friends, extend herself to establish a new identity. Even when moves don't occur that often, a housewife's life is in a bunch of he said. Seid'enberg, author of "Corporate Wives, Corporate explores the issue in his book He practices in Syracuse, N.Y where around 100 of the largest corporations in the United States have branches, and where he encountered many "corporate wives" in practice. "Professionally, I see wives and children, rarely husbands The traumatic aspects of consciously fragmenting a women's life, shedding her credentials for each move, are emotionally destructive. Women may take tranquillizers, begin to drink or just feel depressed. "Two things happen to children. Moving can bring families closer together but they also may overload the system. Mothers expect more of children in the way of gratification. This even happens in countries like Seidenberg said. He added that his book came partly from his own dissatisfaction with theories in his discipline. Then he began to get letters of reaction from women across the country who said he described their problems exactly "Women have little choice about moving. If they don't they may be guilty of desertion: the law supports the husband. "The law is not alone. Machismo, wnicn individual men have, corporations also Seidenberg said. "I once asked an executive with a giant corporation what happened if he had a woman executive to promote and transfer. He said he first talked to her husband to find out if it would be ay Seidenberg has found little direct investigation of wives by companies. He says that instead, such investigation is turned over to an executive search organization, or is medicalized so that it appears to involve health care and benefits. "Corporate America must answer the question of how much of a man they buy when they pay his salary. A line has to be drawn A corporation buys a man's skills and a certain degree of loyalty, but it cannot and should not expect to own the whole he said The psychiatrist believes that women in the future will be persons in their own right, working at least part-time. This, he said, would be the real solution to the problem of the corporate wife. Seidenberg, a classically trained psychoanalyst says he is a Freudian who "is constantly adapting and making adjustments in the traditional view of analysis." He is a member of the National Organization for Women and says he is able to be active because his wife, a lawyer is active in the women's movement as well. "I think issues have their time, you can't rush history. Look at the change in the visibility of women in the past few years: who would have predicted it7 I think there will now be more opportunity for women to achieve at home and in the community as well as in the world of Seidenberg said. The house that Don built This doll house was made by Don Boyd, shown in upper picture with his daugh- ter Cynthia. The Colonial-style house is two by four by four feet and includes three bedrooms, bathroom, living room, dining room and kitchen. Of the miniatures in the house is an brgan that actually plays. Cynthia, an avid organ player is taping music to be played by the doll house instrument. Advice to assure women of equal property rights CALGARY (CP) Mr. Justice David McDonald of the Alberta Supreme Court has some advice for women who want to be assured of an interest in their husband's property if she should die or they should separate the assets are purchased, the wife should have a conversation in front of witnesses in which he says "Half of it belongs to you, or preferably, "Half of everything I have is yours, dear." Mr Justice McDonald cited the case of an unmarried woman living with a man in Edmonton who won her claim to half his property because the man stated "This is your house" when the home was purchased. wife should pay part of the purchase price of the house. should keep a record of the number of times she entertains her husband's clients and their wives. should keep a record of the times she puts up the storm windows or shovels the walks. should keep a record of the times her husband begged her not to take a job because it meant more to him to have her run the house gracefully and without fa- tigue. Mr Justice McDonald gave his advice to a meeting of lawyers' wives examining the case of Irene Murdoch of Nanton, Alta., in which the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that she had no claim OB her estranged husband's ranch business. Mrs. Murdoch contended that for 16 years she had contributed financially and by her work to the acquisition and increasing value of the ranch and was therefore entitled to a half interest in all her husband's assets, including three quarter-sections of land. She testified she had done "haying, raking, swathing, mowing, driving trucks and tractors and teams, quieting horses, taking cattle back and forth to the reserve, dehorning, vaccinating, branding, anything that was to be done" while her husband was away for five months each year. But the court upheld the trial judge's finding that what Mrs. Murdoch had done was "the work done by any ranch wife" and that there was no evidence other than that the property belonged solely to the husband. Calendar of local happenings The regular monthly meeting of the Wilson White Community Gub will be held at 2-30 p m. Thursday at the home of Mrs. A. V. Weatherup. St. Mary's ACW will hold a spring tea and bazaar at 2 p m. March 28 in the Parish Hall Everyone welcome. Members of the Lethbridge Philatelic Society will tour the Post Office at p.m. Thursday. At p.m. members are asked to return to the gas company auditorium for the fifth auction of the Cranstoun Collection. Coffee will be served after trading, circuiting books and discussion The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 2 p m. Friday m the civic centre. Plans will be finalized for the Mother's Day Tea as well as summer activities. Members are asked to make a special effort to attend and bring a friend. Bingo will follow the meeting and lunch will be served. The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Oddfellows Hall. Visiting members welcome. are planned to begin next week. A variety of games as well as cards are available. Refreshments are served. All members and friends or anyone interested in crafts are most welcome to attend. For information phone 327- 3264. 327-7730 or 3284206. can The Chinook PC (and Senior Citizens Organization will hold a St Patrick's bake sale at 1 pm. Saturday at Centre Village Mall. Items from the handicraft and hobby centre will also be available. The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Handicraft and Hobby Centre is open every Monday. Wednesday and Friday from 1 to S p.m. in the all pvrpose room of the civic centre. Several interesting demonstrations be deadly CHICAGO (CP) A baby pacifier can be hong around the infant's neck on a ribbon or string. Dr. Vincent J. M. 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