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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, November 11, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Diana Briley accosted by Ken Foster But, she's not having any of that And begins to twist his arm Followed by a swift kick to the groin Yoga, karate expert speaks out quick flip to the floor BILL GROENEN photos 6Women tend to regard physical activity imfeminine' By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor It's high time women began looking after themselves properly. And that means doing something concrete about physical fitness, following nutritious rather than fad diets, coping intelligently with anger, stress and anxiety and under- standing themselves. Those very definite and heart felt opinions are voiced by Diana Briley, a Lethbridge woman who's done more than talk about im- proving her physical and mental condition. Yoga and, more recently, karate have helped Diana become a physically competent and confident person. Although the majority of people in today's society are unfit, Ms. Briley says women are the worst offenders because they have been conditioned to regard physical activity as un- feminine. "Women walk around with poor posture and wear unhealthy shoes. Most of what they do seems to be directed towards weakening laments Ms. Briley. "It's time they decided whether they want to be inferior persons, or whether they are ready to begin treating themselves with respect." Born and raised in Lethbridge, Ms. Briley has taught yoga courses for the YWCA and recently gave a karate demonstration at a Women's Place public meeting. She works as a secretary for a city insurance firm where she says the usual hackneyed joke is that "her boss doesn't dare chase her around his Although she practices karate exercises with fire in her eyes and a ferocious concentration that's almost frightening to behold, Ms. Briley neither regards nor recommends karate as a means to self defense. "Karate is a form of training and dis- cipline. It requires dedication and the proper she emphasizes. She's been studying karate for 18 months but says the more you study the art, the'more you realize how little you know of it. Ms. Briley says true afficionados have high stan- dards about the discipline and don't like to see people take lessons merely as a means to an end. A member of a 100 member non profit karate club, she is dead set against karate schools that "prostitute" the art by emphasizing physical skills without stressing the philosophy. "We teach an 'up against the wall' she describes. "Nine tenths of confrontations could be avoided, so we only retaliate when in danger and we've got no other alternative. Then we meet opponents' force with equal force. We do not try to teach them a lesson or injure them needlessly." Ms. Briley also teaches karate- to about 30 children aged six to 13. She says women are showing increased interest in the sport and appear to be sincerely interested in learning the skill. "Karate's not she admits. "It requires hard work and concentration. You have to be prepared to Even though it takes about four years for a karate student to learn techniques well, most students notice a rapid change in their awareness. "You feel self says Ms. Briley. "Women are no longer simpering females; the change in attitude is a defense in itself. "In the case of rape, I feel women must take a more militant view. They must stop feeling helpless and resigned to their fate. Relying on the courts to punish the offender is not enough. Women must become impossible to rape because they are self aware and able to defend their own territory, which is their body." Ms. Briley says any woman can train herself to a reasonable degree of physical prowess, if she will just take the time and make the effort. The key is to "think yourself into a mental state of paying attention to yourself" she maintains. "It's the most interesting ex- perience ever, when you start to learn about Women can benefit from any sport, "if they get into it with concentration and com- says Ms. Briley. "Karate is very intense and requires more time than many people are willing to give, but yoga anyone can do yoga." Always athletic, Ms. Briley says that around grade seven or eight she was made to feel that excelling in sports was High school girls were encouraged to show limited ability in athletic activities, she maintains, and probably still are. "Doing 20 sit ups every now and then won't warns Ms Briley. "Women have an inordinate fear of sweating, but it's the healthiest thing in the world. The great thing about getting fit is that you can feel so much better than you think possible. Most people have accepted feeling blah and sluggish, but it doesn't have to be like that." At a month Chemist hires a wife SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Two years ago, Edmund Van Deusen, a grandfather, found himself divorced and lonely after 26 years but unwilling to marry again. So he hired a "wife." Elaine Peterson, 35, answered Van Deusen's new- spaper ad asking for a woman to live with as an informal wife for a month. The 50 year old chemist and Ms. Peterson, who said she had been living outdoors the past six years and welcomed the chance to spend the coming winter in out of the rain, are still together. And Van Deusen says he and his hired wife "feel very good about each other." Ms. Peterson agreed enthusiastically, "It's really sexy." Van Deusen said in an inter- view this week that after his long marriage he decided to go solo "unsuppressed by togetherness and' by love possessed" or by anyone possessed. He said he found brief love affairs with intermittent periods of loneliness too much to bear, and he struck on the idea of hiring a wife he could shed without government interference. He put an ad in a Los Angeles underground paper. "Scores of women, all sorts of women, he said. During the interview he presented a bespectacled, professorial appearance, while she sat smiling in blue jeans beneath an unruly mop of curls. Before setting out on their unconventional conjugal life, Van Deusen and Ms. Peterson signed documents spelling out the duties of both parties: for Van Deusen, the compensa- tion and all other re- quirements of an employer; for Ms. Peterson, the re- quirements of the bedroom and the kitchen, in that order. The document also outlines Ms. Peterson's "duty "days off." and "vacation" time. -The Herald Family Community calendar mental health discussion Wednesday Women and mental health will be the topic of discussion at 8 p.m., Wednesday, in the Lethbridge Public Library's theatre gallery. Jesse Snow of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Dr. Enid Melville, psychiatrist at Mental Health Services and June Tagg will discuss such topics as the effect of typically 'female' roles on women's mental health; the role of counsellors; and the numbers of men and women entering psychiatric care centres annually. The seminar, which is open to the public free of charge, is sponsored jointly by Women's Place and the Lethbridge Public Library. For further information call Women's Place at 327-6917. The regular Monday meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Green Acres has been cancelled. A round table meeting will be held Wednes- day at p.m. in the dining room of the AN AF Dieppe Hall. A special invitation ex- tended to all directors. Tau Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi. will meet at 8 p.m. Tues- day at the home of Robbie Weiterman, hostess. "Altogether Now" is the theme of the program to be presented by Mary Clamp and Linda Duval. introduced by Helen Holt. The regular meeting of Maple Leaf Chapter No. 7, OES, will be held Tuesday in the Masonic Hall. A pot-luck supper will be held at 6 p.m. Meeting follows at 8 p.m. Help prevent rape from happening Don't make it any easier for them Excerpted from "Against Rape." by Andra Medea and Kathleen Thompson Copyright