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,. .. PAGE t Volume I Issue 4 Narch 17th, 1972 PBtG NAN C.'f AND UliLDB!Blll Last year when I was pregnant, not only did my body go through changes, (expected), but so did my head (mostly unexpected). Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of quietude for a woman--sit back and let the fetus develop and let the doctor do what's necessary, then a day or so of physical discomfort, and then:a ha.by! Lots of people reacted towards me as if I were physically fragLle and helpless and as if I were emotionally in a constant state of bliss and fulfillment. Neither of these were true! Physically, apart from the sleepiness at the beginning and the end, I felt great, hearty, and strong; emotionally, I went through changes--most of the time I felt good, happy within myself; I got a lot of work done that I'd been wanting to do. I felt-I'm doing this, and this, and this, AND I'm having a baby TOO. And then I'd get really confused when people would relate only to the having-a-baby side of me, as if that were allof me now. We talked about it in my small group once-we are all so infused with tae mystique of pregnancy that it is a struggle to relate to a pregnant woman as one who is extending her experiences, not withdraw herself. And it is even harder for the pregnant woman to retain her sense of self, to see herself as a person apart from herself as a mother; fortunately I had supportive people around me. I had decided to havA this ch1ld because of the good things I believed she would bring into my life-still, sometimes I would feel guilty about it, and knowing B y I1arilyn Ferraadino that the way I lived my life and planned my activities would be radically changed to accomodate this new person in my life. I was remembering what I used to say about childcare: that the work involved was meaningless, mind-dulling, drudgery, and that having children meant BEING a mother rather than DOING somthing. I am afraid that this attitude is often taken as THE feminist position--ignoring the inherent worth of living with a child, supporting her life, helping/watching/ sharing her growth, and growing through that process oneself, while arranging one's living situation such that other people share the child's life and the mother can then maintain her other activities. The medical trip was difficult. Some good friends turned us on to natural childbirth, the process of having control over your body during labor and delivery. Specifically, we did the Lamaze method, which involves learning about the body changes (yours and the fetus') during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and which provides you with the tools (physical and psychological) to assist you in your control of your body during the labor and delivery process. So, I exercised a lot (swimming, walking, dancing, etc.), got into natural food supplements (brewer's yeast, vitamin C, etc.), learned about what was happening with my body, and learned specific sets of exercises-for body-building, for relaxation, and breathing exercises for labor and deliv-ery. These breathing exercises serve sev-(con't on pg. 3)
Page 2 l'larch 17, 1972 Casualties B y l'10SS I Harlene When I saw you in L.A. Times of reality Streaked your face and rilled your cheeks With permanent stains. Like tears. So. In Childish expectations Grand illusions stalked our days. But then in life There was a man. And compromise. He took all lavish loving With apathetic grace. For your ten years he gave you one. Go on, add it up yourself. How he must have cherished guilt So loved but never loving. I know, I know, Iknow Narlene One child never born. "Ripped untimely" as they say Aborted, junked and scorned. But think not now of what you_ are A shattered, wasted mess But of the life you well escaped With sacrificial flesh. II Here's to you Diane Fat Mama Though your flesh has grown thin. Here's to the shock you gave us all When you were the first to give in. Bartered all, in one huge trade For husband, wealth and home. You traded life for something else. I hope it was worth it. For your great talent you took clothes From L.A.'s finest stores. Ambition turned to new Mark lV's And maids to clean your floors. (con't on page 4) ..
Y r Page 3 Narch 17, 1972 (con't from pg. 1) eral purposes--teey provide an activity for you to focus on, thus causing your uterine sensations to become peripheral; they enable the body to relax, to reduce/eliminate tension so that the uterus works under optimum conditions ior more information, call Narilyn (958-6008), Ronnie Starbow (959-5719), Dr Pat Bricker (922-8286), who is presently giving classes in the La-maze method at Manatee Junior College. and so that you break the tension/fear/ pain cycle. The Lamaze method provides you with the techniques to uee as your individual labor demands. The knowledge and tools you learn with Lamaze enable you to keep control over what is happen ing with your body during this time in your life. You might also like to see a videotape on natural childbirth by Janice Car rick; go to the media center at New College. During pregnancy we do have to take control of our ownbodies from the doctors. need doctors (ideally, we will be midwives and deliver kabies ourselves, with doctors available for complicated cases), we need their cooperation, and they need to know and accept that we are willing to give them ours. All too often preg nancy is equated with illness--we're the doctor's PATIENTS, we go to HOSPITALS to have our ba. bies. We have to work hard to overcome this mystification surrounding the functioning of our bodies. Doctors say--don't worry, we'll take care of this FOR you. They assume that everything is in their hands and usually are not generous with information, unless we tell them what WE want and ask them questions. Inr>order to keep control, we have to have the necessary opportunites for research and learning. Your work with the Lamaze meth-od thus becomes a significant part of your pregnancy, and helps you to deliver your baby (YOU deliver the baby, the doctory "catches" it) with a Jninirnu111 or riiscomfort and with a maximum of joy. If the father can be there at tne baby's conception, he should be there at her birth. The Lamaze method !is a team method, it pro vides ways for the father (or coach) to help you to relax, breathe properly, and push the bahy out. At the present time, Sarasota Memorial Hospital does not allow fathers in the deli very room; however, flana tee Memorial Hospi&al (in Bradenton) does (after a brief interview with a hospital administrator). l o-1 clo.ay c.\ ose SUNFL*\JER MAIN Subscription rates are 10 per iesue--20 if your copy is mailed to you. If you would to subscribe, contacts KATHY TURCK (k/t) S ACTION CEHTI!:R L549 MAIH STREBT SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Page 4 March 17, 1972 (Casualties,. ,con't from pg. 2) 3 y Stephanie l1oss 3ut finally that weekly quest For sanity you will not find, Used to be a will to do Something with your time. An uneven swap, I'd say. III You needn't have betrayed us Lorna, Your friends. There was no need to grab at love It would have come I swear. But every failure left you weak 1'1ore desperate and afraid And just a little closer to That epithet._ __ Unloved Lorna. Spinster Lorna. Withered, ashen, gray, And still there was no need, l swear to betray. When you died No Isadora-scarf-bound death No story book demise. Just car to car And by chance A drunk got in the way. And when you died Your head severed from your body With three more weeks of cursed life To dumblJ puzzle why You traced onto your mother's hand (Just fingers moved All else was still) D.I.E. D.I.E, D.I.E. And Lorna, we had always forgiven you. THE WOMEN'S ACTION CENT.l!;R WELCOMES ANY !'lATb:RIAL, PROSE OR PQ.l!;TRY, DRAWINGS, GRAPHICS, CARTOONS, ETC. OF A F'J:!:MINIST NATUR.I!:. SI!:ND ANYTHING YOU WOULD LI!ili TO SEI!: PUBLISllliD IN SEARCH FOR TOMORROW TO EITHER ADDRESS OF WOM.I!:N'S ACTION CENTER: 1)49 STREET OR 61 NORTH PINEAPPLE AVENUE.
Pap;e S 'Women I have been reading some books by women authors recently that I have enjoyed tremendously. This is a brief description of some of my personal reactions to a few of them. these theone that I was most excited by was the Diary of Anais Nin Volume 1. This is the first in a series of four published volumes of Anais Hin's personal diary. In her lifetime she has written over 15,000 pages so these edited versions only cover anumber of years and leave out many personal incidents. The diary still remains one of the most intensely personal documents I have ever read bj a woman or by anyone for that matter. I felt while reading it that I was inside of another woman for the first time and it was an exciting place to Yes, I have felt that way too, I kept saying to myself! She brought out so many subtle thoughts that I have within myself and expressed conflicts that I too am trying to deal with, but she expressed them in a deep and beautiful way. The Bell Jar is an autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath. The main character is Esther Greenwood who, in the sum mer before her senior year at an eastern girls school, has won a scholarship to New York to write for a leading woman's magazine. She has everything a woman supposedly wants in order to be happy, yet she isn't. The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's in sightful acaount of an intelligent woman's conflict with the "outside world", and the roles it pressures a woman into. It also is a sensitive account of a woman's "mental breakdown" and what follows. Sylvia Plath is a very perceptive writer and I would highly recommend the book. Martha Quest is the first in a se ries of five novels that make up the Children of Violence series by Doris Lessinv,. lt too appears to be autobio to a f,reat extent about a woman up in a lrritish-colonized African country. t-lartha quest deals with the period of Martha's life when she is fifteen un-harch l til she is about 20. She is exposed to a world outside of her parent's realm of experience at a very early age and theoretically embraces atheism and socialism. Yet of all the books she reads, none can help her explain the inner turmoils that she finds so difficult to understand. She goes to the city to escape an oppressive family life and gets vaughtup in the social whirl to counteract a dull secretarial job. Her independent views that are so challenging become lost in this new life and she marries a man that seems a little more sensitive than the rest to escape the monotony. Doris Lessing is another exciting author who perceptively confronts the conflicts between a woman's inner experiences and the forces outside of her. WOMEN'S ACTION CENTI<.:R IS MOVING TO; 61 HORTH ROOM 202 LOCATION NOW: 1549 MAIN STRI<.:ET
Page 6 It seems that in frontier America one of the few avenues open to a woman that allowed her to become independent and/or wealthy involved the bartering of her flesh. Either she became a prostitute and aimed at monopolizing big city trade ("Mc Cabe and Mrs. Miller") or made a wealthy marriage that would leave her a wealthy widow. The heroine of "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" Hildy, uses prostitution as the means to this comfortable widowhood, The film, a 1970 release, is perhaps the finest in Sam Peckinpah's brilliant career. Examining, once more, the era of transition from frontier American to industrialized society, it is the story of the love between Cable Hogue, a crusty desert rat of a hemmit, and Hildy, an ambitious whore. In a series of humorous scenes, it relates the saga of Cable, left in the desert to die. He discovers water where there is none, sets up a profitable rest stop on a stage coach trail and survives. His peaceful demise, shortly after the first motor car comes bumping along the txail is far more moving and meaningful than the violent death of the "wild bunch". He will not have to live to cope with a modern society that would be at odds with every element of his being. Jason Robards, a fine actor who has often sold out'.his talent in bad movies, redeems himself with an intelligently detailed and expansive portrayal as Cable Hogue. Stella Stevens, as Hildy, is less brilliant but nevertheless fine. Then again, her character is less developed. The supporting cast, including David Warner as a priest, is also excellent. But the film exudes, in a subtle way, the sensibilities of a male world. Although there is no moralizing about the evils of Hildy's profession, and she is not taans formed through the magic of true love into a domestic drudge, or made to forsake her ambition to become a super-prostitute in favor of wifedom; even though, like Cable, she is strong-willed and succeeds, much of the film's humor is achieved at the expense of the female sex. A lecherous priest takes advantage of a young woman's bereavement to seduce her. Cable's first meeting with Hildy Narch 17, 1972 is marked by a series of breast fixated shots etc. And, of course, Stella Stevens naked body is exploited to the fullest. Finally, because Peckinpah is a man, he finds no opportunity or reason in the film to examine the factors in society that allow a woman no chance at independence save through the compromise of her body. BY STEPHANIE MOSS The Women's Action Center announces the expansion of their current newsletter, into magazine. The newsletter, which is available for 10 a copy through the center, will be gradually expanding its content until the projected first issue date of the magazine in June of this uear. The new magazine will be distri buted both locally and nationally to individuals and sister organizations. All women are invited to submit material or criticisms, in person, or by mail, for publicatmon in eithwr SEARCH FOR TOMORROW or the new magazine. The magazine will have a feminist orientation but its content will be otherwise unrestricted. Submissions may include fiction, poetry, essays, research articles, graphics, and photo graphs. Any woman also interested in writing regular columns, movie or book reviews, covering feminist events, or otherwise working on the magazine or newspaper should contact the Cen ter. Material may be directed to the Women's Action Center, 1549 Main Street, or 61 North Pineapple Avenue, or phone 958-9810. Submissions, in most cases, will become the property of the center and will not be re,urned.