Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, October 24, 1974 THE LITHBRIDQE HERALD 19 Youngsters influenced by family9 school, community Children's stereotyped roles examined By KATHIE MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer Little boys play with trucks. Little girls play with dolls. These and similar hackneyed phrases were examined by means of textbook references, skits and public discussion at a Women's Place presentation on the stereotyped roles of children Wednes- day evening at the Lethbridge Public Library. Jean Kuijt, a volunteer worker at Women's Place, said children are basically influenced in three ways family, school and community. "It's time to take the veil off ouf eyes. People have talked about it for years. We're doing it (stereotyping) so subtly we aren't even aware of what we're doing." She pointed out that many mothers, without even knowing it, will hold their baby girls facing in and boys facing out "boys introduced to the world, girls more dependent on their mothers." Ms. Kuijt said parents tend to rein- force roles by telling girls to do the dis- hes and boys to go to the workshop with daddy. Josephine Staddon, a member of the board of directors at Women's place, said stereotyped sex roles are con- tinually being pushed at children in schools. Teachers tend to divide the class into girls and boys. "Dividing a group by sex is as ridiculous as dividing by color, race or religion." She said school textbooks are still projecting the images of girls being passive and boys active. "By glancing through some of the textbooks, I thought they were good. But that sure was a false impression." Ms. Staddon asked one of the schools for some readers and math books from Grades 1 to 6, and examined them for stereotyping. In the grade one reader, Magic Letters, nine stories out of 21 featured males, three featured girls and one with both. The remaining stories were about animals and toys. She pointed out that this particular book, by an Ottawa school board was a 1973 edition. Another example of Grade 1 texts was the math book. It contained il- lustrations of both boys and girls but the boys were always doing something and the girls were just standing there. Ms. Staddon pointed out that most of the texts followed the same pattern throughout the elementary grades. In a Grade 6 book, The World of Language, 95 per cent of the il- lustrations were male-orientated. "Consistently, girls are portrayed as she said. The community also has great effects on children's roles through television, radio, every day happenings, magazines and news- papers. "In stores women are the sales clerks but men run the furniture and sports departments. Women wait tables in restaurants, but men act as waiters in dining rooms or higher class restaurants. "A teacher is generally referred to as she, while a principal is he. I guess this is because women usually teach the elementary grades while few women serve as said Ms. Staddon. She added that advertising throughout the media also sets men and women in separate roles, with the men acting as protectors of the women or women used as sex objects to draw attention to the product. Ann Landers Club corner The Parents of Twins and Triplets Association will hold the regular monthly meeting at p.m. Thursday in the Gas Company Auditorium. A tupperware party is planned as the program. Friends and guests welcome. For further information or if you require transportation, call Karen Holm at 327-3734. The Minus One Club will hold a Halloween Costume Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Polish Hall. Costumes will be judged and prizes given. Music by the Sabres. Members and guests welcome. The Anne Campbell Singers are asked to meet Friday at the Yates centre for a dress rehearsal. The girls are asked to wear their tartans and vests and orange blouses. The regular meeting of the 60 Plus Club will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the lower hall of First United Church.- Japanese slides will be shown by Harry Takada. Everyone welcome. JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, October 24th Sponsored by Aid of St. PtIw and St. Church STARTS P.M. HALL CorntrlZtti B and 7th AVMIM North Jackpot at and won ovary Thunday 2nd Jackpot in 55 Numbers 5th, 7 Jackpot Pot of Gold Par Card or for Also Free Cards, Free Games And A Door Prize PERSONS UNDER 16 YEARS NOT ALLOWED. Dear Ann: Something has been preying on my con- science and I need to know what to do about it. As a secretary. I make out my boss's expense account reports. I am aware that he puts down false expenses and charges personal expen- ditures to the business. I have a strong sense of morality and feel this is wrong. I realize the practice is rampant, but still it doesn't make me feel any better about doing it. If I confront him he will probably tell me it's none of my business. Is it? (P.S. He is a V.P. and has hundreds of people under him.) Sign me Guilty Conscience Dear G.C.: Confront Mr. Chiseler and ask him to give his expense account work to another secretary, or do it himself. (P.S. Have some job prospects lined up before the confrontation. You may be handed your walking papers. If your competence matches your integrity, you have nothing to worry about. You'll do just fine. Bravo, Lady.) Dear Ann Landers: I'm a divorcee, age 44, planning to marry, a man 67. He is in good health, even though he has had two medium-sized heart at- tacks. Sexually he is somewhat limited (though not completely impotent) but I .don't mind. I've had enough sex to last me a lifetime. The problem is, he wants me to sign a pre-nuptial agree- ment settlement for 30 per cent of his holdings, plus the house and cars. His children will get the rest. If I give this man several years of happiness I think I'm entitled to whatever he has. His children are both married, and financially well off. My two daughters married bums and could use an inheritance. What do you say? Practical In Philly Dear Philly: See a lawyer and learn what the law in your state says about a wife's legal share of a husband's estate. If you are 44 and he is 67 and has had two "medium-sized heart attacks" (whatever that I don't know how many years of happiness you can give him. But, I hope you don't come off as crass and commercial to him as you did to me. Don't flunk your chemistry test. Love is more than one set of glands calling to another. If you have trouble making a dis- tinction you'need Ann's booklet, "Love or Sex and How To Tell the Difference." Send a long, self addressed, stamped enevlope with your request and 354 in coin to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, Hi. 60654. after you see your doctor Kinsmen-TB Christmas seal campaign starting BINGO SCANDINAVIAN HALL 22912th St. 'C' N. FRIDAY, OCT. 25th 8 p.m. DOORS OPEN AT 7 P.M. New Game in 56 Numbers 4th, 8th, 12th Games 7 Nos. or less 5 CARDS FOR POT OF GOLD Stngla Winner Flrat 12 Gamaa Neighbors Racafea Me GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH DOOM PRIZES 36 FREE CARDS 5 DRAWS FOR NEXT WEEK Sorry No one under 16 years of age allowed Workers on the Kinsmen-sponsored Alberta Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association Christmas seal campaign are getting ready for their Lethbridge and area drive which begins Nov. 1. Running until January 31, the campaign objective for 1974 is Shown, left to right, IUD control tightened OTTAWA (CP) Health Minister Marc Lalonde proposed this week regulations that would submit intra-uterine devices (lUDs) to tighter control under the Food and Drugs Act. Under the proposed regulations, manufacturers would have to submit data to the health department establishing the safety and effectiveness of a new IUD before marketing. stuffing envelopes with seeds are Phyllis Moch, Lethbridge ATBRDA secretary; Buss Scarlett, a pro- vincial director on the ATBRDA board; Marianne Gardner, Judi Uren and Judy Poile, members of the TB youth board and Arnie Locatelli, Lethbridge Kinsmen TB chairman. bring your prescription to 1609 9fh Illllliliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiijiiijiiiimiiilliiill There's one great reason why Acadian 400 is becoming so popular. Flavour! ON SALE OCT. 24 26th-WHILE QUANTITIES LAST RECORD BONANZA FANTASTIC BUYS ON THE TOP ALBUMS OF THE DAY IM.C.A. 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