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2 J To the Editor: ceremonial lust/bartered constraint into dimensions circumfered shock One of the side benefits of aging should be a-cautious rejection of dangerous advice-giving to the young. Old Abbie is, I think, sliding on decayingice when he sez he is "living everyone's fantasy." I can change my identity more rapidly and more profoundly daily in Austin than he can on the run. On the run he is more bound to the support system and fidelity of New Wife and decisive aid than as a publiC~gure. There may be exhilaration of constant surveillance in his flight, but I don't need him to belie, defensively, stress as freedom. I would respect him more for relating the rigors which are, I know, inherent in his constricted freedom. Dante~in exile: "How wearied I am of climbing another man's stairs." Nedra Krishna McCloud OBSERVER EDITOR BLASTS WASHINGTON POST'S FEMINIST COVERAGE Dear Sirs (sorry to see that you're all sirs): In fairness to the poor old Dallas Times Herald, I feel I should point out one inaccuracy in Ellen O'Bryan's otherwise excellent and perceptive account of the Conference on Women in Public Life (Sun, Dec. 1). During my stint on the women-and-media panel I read not from the Times Herald's society page but from the inimitable work of Jeanne Prejean, society editor of The Dallas Morning News. The News alone deserves credit for Prejean's effusions, which appear regularly in the News. I recommend her work to anyone in need of a belly laugh. During the media panel, there was some mildly acerbic discussion about what the conference might get in the way of press coverage, but none of us was realistic enough to envision anything as appalling as what appeared in The Washington Post. It was a condensed version ofa UPI wire story under the headline "Women and Sex:" "Sex is the easiest and most effective route to political power for women, according to an Australian feminist. "Elizabeth Anne Reid, speaking to a conference on women in public life Monday, said male politicians expect women to act as sex objects." The story went on to use a few of Reid's quotes, but none of them in a context that gave the slightest clue to the fury and disgust she actually feels about the situation; and there was nothing in the story to correct the initial impression that she advocates using sex as a means to political power. Since I am a member of the National News Council myself, I cannot bring a complaint before it, butI am in hopes that some feminist who heard Reid's powerful speech will see fit to do so. The Council takes complaints concerning the accuracy and fairness of the national news medi~: both UPI and the Post, through its own wire service, come under its purview The address is: The National News Council, One Lincoln Plaza, New York, N.Y., 10023. While I have considerable sympathy for the point of view of Bobble Nelson and the other feminists who protested at the conference (a point of view only belatedly recognized in the current issue of The Texas Observer), I am perhaps somewhat more tolerant of efforts like the conference. None of us was born liberated. I think one has to start with women where they are, rather than chivvying them for not being further along. God knows, the attention paid at tn~ conference to the problems of poor an minority women ranged, for the most part, from zilch to pro Iorma. But the audience was, in the main, white and middle claSS. From Tupperware parties to tl~ conference was a long first step for many o them. Liz Carpenter, for example, is a woman with a good mind who has, to coin a phrase, come a hell of along way. Should she he faulted for not having come further or encouraged for having come as far as she has? The conference could have used more Elizabeth Reid and Bobbie Nelson and less Sandy Duncan, but then, that's only mY opinion. As to Nelson's provocative point that not all women are "sisters" -- too true. But In my more imaginative moments, I have visions of a liberated Jeanne Prejean. Who knows where her head will be five years from now9 By whom and how is it to q decided which women are or are aot sisters. Is any woman who has ever been a Bunny to be forever denied sisterhood? Any women who hasn't achieved 60 percent or better 0n a feminist consciousness scale by Jan.. 1, 1968? If liberation is, as I believe, a sloVl, sometimes pafnful very personal evol0" tionary process, then establishing any kin,d, of cut-off between "sisters" and "enemies is as stupid as it is pernicious. As for Nelson's even more provocative point about whether or not it is of anY benefit at all for women to gain power in the existing political structure, ah, now that, sisters, should have been discussed at that unsatisfactory and shallow conference. Peace, Molly IvieS, co-editor, The Texas Observer II f -N Editor Jeffrey Nightbyrd Managing Editor Dave Moriaty Editor at Large Michael E~kin Art Director Dan Hubig Theater Michael Venture Music Bill Bentley Art Carlene Brady Sports Big Boy Medlin Advertising Rhett Beard,. Cass Hook, Deborah Stall, Ted Isensee Staff Marty McKenzie, J.R.Compton, Danny Schweers, Enrique Pasa, Cyndy Webendorfer, A. Poynor, Laura Eisen- hower, Jose Campos, J. Entropy Contributors Cheri Britton, Pat Knight, Beau Byers, Eagle Pennell, Theme Dryer, Norm Beitch, Shannon Sedwick, Melinda Wickman, Charlyn Zlotnik, JulieAlibrando, Linda Sullivan, Lorenzo Milam, Ken McHam, Nick Spitzer, Clifford Endres, Luther Sperberg, Joe Nick Patoski, Hall Wylie, Rosie McDermott, Nicholas Russell, Karen Hale "Austin Sun published bi-weekly on Thursdays by the Austin Sun Publishing Co. Inc., 404B West 15th St., Austin, Texas 78701. 472-1780. Subscriptions $5 for 26 Issues, All contents herein copyrighted. 1975, The Austin Sun ~.fublishing Co. Inc. BILLY SWAN Hopefully, he can help. These days you have to take whatever doses of rockabiUy you can get. Billy Swan is the man who wrote "Lover Please" for Clyde McPhatter, produced "Polk Salad Annie" for Tony Joe White, played guitar in the first Texas Jewboys and sang "I Can Help" for himself. December 13 Armadillo World Headquarters BOB DYLAN: TRIBUTE TO JOHN HAMMOND Dylan will be one of many to appear in this three-hour television special in honor of record producer John Hammond. Hammond is the Columbia producer credited with signing Billie Holliday, Benny Goodman, Dylan and most recently, Bruce Springsteen. Featured on this Public Broadcasting System show will be Goodman, Helen Humes, Benny Carter, John Hammond, Jr., Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee and George Benson, along with industry heavies and film of other performers. Saturday, 8:00 P.M. KLRN/Chmmel 9 ELECTRIC RATES COMMISSION HEARING The gaunt, trembling man anxiously approached the cashier's window. "I'd like to report a crime," he said as he handed over his electric bill. Mayor Friedman's Commission has been studying electric rate systems for half a year now, and is hungry for new ideas. Speak your piece at the Public Hearing, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. December 16 Municipal Auditorium NUTCRACKER SUITE You watched enthralled as the mushrooms twirled to it in Fantasia; now see this Christmas classic recreated by the Austin Civic Ballet, with music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. December 13 Municipal Auditorium O U~ CO T3 O0 (D 8 SELF-DEFENSE FOR WOMEN BLIND GEORGE MeLAINE Fear no persont The Austin Rape Crisis One of Austin's more original talents, Blind Center sponsors this six-week course in George's kinetic keyboarding has livened dance self-defense beginning December 13th at 1234 halls all over this part of the state. His N. Lamar. Cost of the class is $5; for more appearance is always welcomed by the usually information, dial 472-RAPE. well-hbricated Split Rail clientele. December 13 Soryu Karate Institute December 13 Split Rail