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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Herald Family Fourth Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, November 30, 1974 Pages 33-40 Lynne Van Luven City mother taking action: 'Adult TV shows vulgarize children's taste' Defending the barbarians So it's come to this, has it? I was just loafing around the cave, gnawing on a left over yak bone, when I was shoved from behind. Before I could say I'd left the solidarity of the tribe and was standing alone in the cold, cruel world. It was the group's subtle way of telling me I'd been chosen to defend them against the uncalled for aspersions of one Bill Lambert, a professor of English at the University of Lethbridge. It seems Prof. Lambert is unduly concerned that opening U of L Board of Governors meetings to the public would result in unhealthy "barbarian influence" on that august body. Universi- ty scholars, he says, must be "protected" from barbarian at- tacks by press and public. On behalf of barbarians everywhere (and if it comes to a confrontation, Mr. Lambert, just remember that we savages outnumber you I first wish to say thank you. Thanks for noticing that we are here at all. For quite some time now, we've been plagued by the suspicion that the cultured segment of the population didn't even know the rest of us (the rabble) were here at all. Not that the thought kept us tossing and turn- ing on our pallets of straw and rawhide, but nobody likes to be ignored not even barbarians. Since you've made the big step of confessing awareness of our existence, perhaps you should modernize your terms of reference. Over the past few years, when nobody was looking, we've polished off some of our rougher edges. We've stopped running around naked, for one thing. And we no longer paint our bodies blue and wear bones in our top knots. Except for a few old die hards, none of us wear rings in our nose either. Nobody carries a club, at least not openly, and we've all traded in our animal skins for business suits. We've become relatively modern, just like you people over there in the big bunker in the coulees. In fact, if we attended a board of governors meeting, we might not even look any different than you cultured folk. Perhaps some of us would even sound the same, except we'd probably be a shade less pompous. As far as protection goes, I don't think scholars have much to worry about. You see, we barbarians haven't the slightest intention of raping or plundering your person or possessions. These days, there's just too much taxation to make acquisition of plunder profitable. Speaking of taxation reminds me of crasser issues: we know you scholars hate all references to filthy lucre, but you have to admit we're at least useful as taxpayers we help pay your salaries, our toil finances your offices, libraries and laboratories. But I guess it's too much to expect that we of the unwashed masses should have any knowledge of or say in how our tax dollars are deployed By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Yvonne Storfie doesn't think parents' should be sabotaged right within their own homes. But television, with its ever increasing menu of programs featuring large doses of sex and violence, is doing just that, says the Lethbridge mother of four. Mrs. Storfie does not object to restricted movies as such only to scheduling which televises them during prime time when young viewers un- der 16 are likely to be watching. Although she is probably only one of many parents who find such programming questionable, Mrs. Storfie is above average in that she's decided to act rather than just complain. She's written a letter outlining her views and has sent copies to the Cana- dian Radio and Television Commission; Premier Peter Lougheed; Horst Schmidt, minister of culture youth and recreation; both the local CBC and CTV stations and their head offices; MLA Dick Gruenwald, MP Ken Hurlburt and even Prime Minister Trudeau. "I don't want to look like one of the fanatic types who always seem to be objecting to pornographic movies and says the husky voic- ed woman. "I gave this thing a lot of thought before I decid- ed to speak I didn't want to gain a reputation as a crank, and I'm really still quite reluctant to be identified as a one woman campaign." In fact, Mrs. Storfie isn't alone in her efforts: the local Home and School Association is backing her "100 per cent" and many leaders in the Lethbridge Girl Guides are also supporting her stand. The Home and School CALGARY (CP) Spence Bay, may never replace Paris or New York as a fashion centre but a group of women are putting the eastern Arctic community of 406 on the fashion map. The women, supported by a Canada Manpower grant and funds from the Canada Council and territorial government, design and make fashions based on the traditional clothing of Canada's Eskimos. They brought a fashion ex- hibit from Spence Bay miles south to Calgary this fall to show the rest of Canada that Eskimo clothing has applications in the south as well as the north. The designers and models were accompanied by artisans and an array of carvings, arti- facts, pictures, films and food. Spence Bay has no bank, li- brary, hotel or heavy industry but the people have created a clothing and craft industry which has won them world- wide acclaim from artists, collectors and fashion critics. The project began three years ago when the wife of the area's economic development officer suggested marketing local clothing and art. Eighteen women now work out of a converted house to produce clothes and art work. There are some problems unique to Arctic fashion, in- cluding high freight rates. Wool for the clothing is flown from Prince Edward Island. A dye workshop ex- perimented with natural colorings obtained from flowers, lichen, leaves and shrubs The colors are vivid and long-lasting. The women have skills ranging from seamstress to plant gatherer, the sewing machines and materials are supplied by the federal government and the profits go to the Eskimo people. Designs include Mother Hubbards adapted for use from toppers to patio wear, flattering coats of stroud or duffel elaborately decorated with nature-dye embroidery, furs and pantsuits suitable for apres-ski. COURTESY FOR COWS CRICKET ST. THOMAS, England (CP) A highway sign in this Somerset village carries road courtesy to ex- tremes, urging motorists to "Drive slowly and allow cows to pass." NOW YOU ARE FINISHED SCHOOL And Desire lo Learn profession... WHY NOT BECOME A HAIRDRESSER? Wo havr 3 qjal 1u" 1irnri inlfuclrews loach fihswt, cl tv-S'itv ha" and rt-lli-'q Marring lining and pormdne-M waving You II -rnjov OUT arid sif COidiUDrvrt s.chOC'1 Beauty School 405-SthStS Tntg Coupon For More Information ADDRESS CITY Sterling Mow Low Monthly Tuition YVONNE STORFIE Association's theme for their January convention is, "pollu- tion of body and mind a family concern" and Mrs. Storfie is a committee co chairman for the meeting. "I'm trying to be she says. "I can see the role of adult programming and I enjoy many adult shows myself. But I just don't think 10 or 12 year olds are ready to see rape and violence every other night." "Believe she adds, "I know that one woman writing letters doesn't mean very much to advertisers or televi- sion executives. I have no il- lusions about that." Still, she hopes that other people who feel 2s she does will come forward and even- tually form a voice and force to be reckoned with. "Movies that have been banned or rated 'restricted' in this province are aired on television in prime Mrs. Storfie points out in her letter, "this is besides the regular programming we are getting of sex, violence, sickness and mental dis- orders" "I am not opposed to their (adult movies) showing on Friday and Saturday nights after midnight or on week nights after 10 p.m., to mature she writes. "I realize they have a place in adult entertainment. But I do question them being shown when young people from 10 to 16 are still watching television. These young people are at a very impressionable age, and what a sick, distorted view of life they must get." Mrs. Storfie cites recently- televisea movies such as M. A.S.H., Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice; Klute; and The Godfather as unfit fare for viewers under 16. "Don't get me she says. "I want children to know of the existence of passion and perversion, violence and crime. But in their own time, at an age when they're ready to cope with such things, after they've started to ask questions themselves. When television forces such knowledge on them at an early age, they're just being robbed of their childhood. "I just don't think we need to see the sex act, between 8 and 10 p.m. in our living she adds. "Personal- ly I'm home free, my youngest is 16. While he's a bit embarrassed by my stand, we had a talk about adult movies and he admitted that when he was 13 or 14 he really wasn't ready for some of the movies he sees on television now." Mrs. Storfie feels that the biggest danger of adult televi- sion shows is that they "vulgarize" children's taste. "Violence bothers she adds. "Won't children come to see violence as a simple way of solving problems? If you've got a bad marriage, you murder your husband or wife. If a girl doesn't like you, you rape her anyway. That's what television teaches." Most children under 16 are too immature to judge such programming critically. adds the woman who has volunteered as a trainer for Girl Guide leaders during the past seven years, "how can any youth leader cope with three to five hours of television a day? Schools don't teach ethics and many parents don't realize the ex- tent to which television influences children." "It's the dehumanizing aspect of such programs that frightens me most of she says. People who say it's up to parents to decide if a show is suitable family viewing and to switch channels or turn off the set if they're in doubt do have a valid argument against changing program content, Mrs. Storfie admits. "But they're being naive if they think that's the only she emphasizes. "What happens to home cen- sorship if the parents are away or if the babysitter is a 16 year old as well9 Adver- tisers and TV executives should be made aware of how parents feel and accept responsibility for the programming they authorize." As she talks to more and more people. Mrs. Storfie says, it becomes evident that youth workers and community leaders are unaware of the need for concern about televi- sion programs. They're so busy in the community and never watch television themselves WARRANTIES A REALITY OTTAWA (CP) The Con- sumers Association of Canada says warranties on new homes should be a reality by January. The association, working with government and building-industry spokesmen, hopes such a plan will include all builders. UPHOLSTERING Prompt Service Reasonable! MODERN and ANTIQUE FURNITURE and AUTOMOBILES 1016 1st Avenue South, Lethbridge PHONE 328-5257 __________or 327-3037 UPHOLSTERING PROBLEM HAIR? 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