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    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1969
A brother . . .
"Bring a brother and a brick."
I The use of the weathered stones to build a
; symbolic wall at Tuesday's demonstration is an
Interesting irony. In most college demonstrations
the bricks might be used for other, more noticeable
; purposes.
The symbolic closing off of one administration
entrance is not, by any stretch of the imagination,
analogous to Harvard or Berkeley or several other
campuses where buildings have been occupied. But
It must have been done for a purpose.
It is hoped that at Wednesday's session, the
student demonstrators will fulfill that purpose and
deliver the list of their concerns, so that ad
ministrators and students will know what it's all
about. Tuesday's stand-in was like a signal for
silence, so that someone with a message could
" say something. Now that the University is listening
that something should be said.
And if the grievances are legitimate, that
lomething should be heeded.
The point is, discussion of concerns should start
Immediately. Delaying this can only provide op
portunity for an incident of anger.
Ed Icenogle
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By Martin L. Gross
(c) l'W Newsr-ay. Tmc.
In a world too-ol'ten pained by noxious ex
perience, one pleasant lac ontin ually emerges
to give pleasure to mankind: the differences
between the sexes.
The vigorous French aphorism "Vive la dif
ference!" seems to have served homo sapiens well,
but it is now being challenged by the new rallying
cry of "Unisex!" It is a perverse philosophy based
upon the false assumption that men and women
are not so different after all that the suoposed
variance is just a biologic trifle and a romantic
legend propagated by the oversexed.
The Unisex theme has many ugly ramifications
for civilization, the most obvious of which is the
new matched clothes for men and women. Ad
vertisements for new spring outfits feature couples
wearing the same flamboyantly feminine cotton
print slacks, some with floral motifs that on men
could create more than a stir at Yankee Stadium
or at a Teamsters meeting.
DELICATE FASHIONS on men are not overly
indicative, as the masculinity of a D'Artagnan il
lustrates. But the Unisex clothes theme of today
appears to be a symptom of an underlying sexual
erosion. As the two sexes come closer together,
nee versus
in mind as well as fashion, the American female
is undoubtedly .X!i.'oming more masculine while our
men are increasingly feminized.
More bluntly put. women are becoming harder,
while men seem inordinately weaker.
The life style, psyche and attitudes of the sexes
are becoming conjoined, with grave injury to boMi.
Where once a too-great chasr- separated 'he spxps,
they now too-often act and respond together, or
similarly creating a new Unisex inferior to both
its predecessors.
This conclusion is not based on any supposed
rise in male homosexuality, for the elegant
perversion has always affected two to three percent
of men. Neither is it meant to be compared with
the caveman and wilting violet stereotypes in' which
the woman is permitted only a batting eyelash
and the man is all hero and restrained violence.
SOME WOULD LIKE us to believe that only
different-shaped genitals really differentitate the
sexes. But history tells us that the masculine traits
of detached intellect that created science, industry
and government, the ability to fight physically o
live, and the singular challenge of adventure and '
the new horizon, have enabled human beings to
survive on this planet.
After the war
What t
o do with SE 'Asia
By Flora Lewis
Bangkok, Thailand Peace In Vietnam isn't
around the very next corner, but it is evident
through southeast Asia now that the hsues ahead
tre the post-war issues.
Generals still concentrate on fighting, diplomats
have barely begun to negotiate. But, most people
when they speak of problems now are groping
for an outline of what they will face when the
war is over. This Is perhaps the most difficult
period. The present demands action that gets in
the way of planning. The future demands planning
that gets In the way of present action.
But the need to look ahead Is growing urgent
If peace, when It comes. Is not to be hopelessly
tarnished. It would be the climactic tragedy it
the mistakes of an 111-concelved, mismanaged war
tre compounded by the abandon of those war alms
which were sound.
FOR THE NON-COMMUNIST countries of Asia,
looking ahead means primarily trying tc foresee
American policy. Until the U.S. develops, decides
and explains its post-war Asian policy, nothing
will settle here.
It should be understood that In the meantime,
nothing Is taken lor granted. People here havt
become acutely aware of the divisions and
disagreements among Americans. Most like what
they have heard from President Nixon, but they
aren't sure how far It goes and even less sura
how far Nixon speaks for the longer-range Inten
tions of America.
They see a gamut of possibilities all the way
from a strong American presence in search of
the kind of close partnership that the U.S. had
with Europe following World War II, to total U.S.
withdrawal and an indifference to Asia ihat
America has not shown since the start of this
IT IS Or.VIOl'S and accepted that Asia's most
pressing need Is stability and a sense of security.
The prevalent foelinsz is that this can best be
achieved by establishing some kind of neutral buffer
around China and North Vielnum. That Idea Is
not the same as containment, pressing up against
an agresslve power and tryina to hold it in, because
it also offers a forward safety zone to China and
North Vietnam.
But, as one veteran European diplomat pointed
out, there can be no such thin',' as a bufler unless
It Is between two bulwarks. Nor Is there anything
In Asia which can provide a balancing bulwark
to China except America's presence. That can
eventually develop, as western Europe has
developed its own solidity. But nut in a vacuum.
And Its present staie. non-Communist Asia would
be a vacuum without America.
Johnson Asia policy have plunged to the opposite
extreme, advocating withdrawal if not from the
whole Western Pacific then from all the mainland
and the offshore Islands. It has been suggested
that the U.S. should confine its power in this great
region to the sea and to those southern Pacific
states which look and sound and think like us,
Australia and New Zealand.
It is true that some previous American policy,
makers had a stuffed-attic approach to the world,
collecting bases and commitments all over the
world and never discarding what had outlived lis
value. That got the U.S. into trouble and would
get it into more trouble if pursued with a hoarder's
a a
IT IS EQUALLY true, however, that it will
take the physical commitment of reasonable
American power In Asia to make anyone believe
in an American moral and political commitment
to a peaceful, orderly world. That means deploying
with careful selection, is full consultation with all
friendly Asian states, and most important perhaps
with the evident support of the bulk of American
The time Is coming for the great American
debate that has so bewildered friend and foe to
reach a conclusion. America can choose a wise
Asian policy or a foolish one. But until It has
a policy, clearly endorsed by most of its people.
It can't come to terms with this tremendous nart
of the world. Meanwhile, doubt about U.S. Intentions
Is becoming at least as unsettling to non-Communist
Asia as fear of a militant China and North Viet
nam. (C) 1W. Nawtday, Inc.
Campus opinion
Sex and its proper perspective; a few errors
Dear Editor:
Sex Is Indeed rediscovered by each successive
generation and that Is too bad. Unlike many
areas of human activity adequate Information about
facts and advances In sexual thought are not
routinely passed on to the young. Could it be that
this unfortunate circumstance is the direct result
o'! eip "ultitra's attemot to control sexual activity
Uuough Ignorance, guilt, and fear? It seems ap
puren. tiuu wim recent advances in contraception,
biology has been superseded by technology and
our ancient control effort is bo longer necessary,
nor desirable.
I found Mr. Butler's psychosexual develop
mental classification system informative and in
complete. It seems justified to refer to the stages
of development we observe as "exploration, ex
perimentation, and exploitation". These states may
well precede "meaningful" amltlve-sexual rela
tionships. I would advocate thn possibility that mature
adults are also capable of relatively "meaningless"'
liaisons that do nothing, but add delightful variety
and adventure to their Lives. Mr. Butler seems
to be saying that sex with love Is good and sex
without love Is exploitation. I would remind him
&&t exploitation la cot a purely sexual phenomenon
In human affairs and that his argument involves
a bifurcation that dismisses entirely a legitimate
Mr. Butler's reference to an Ivy Leaguer who
wished the girl he "was in love with" was a
' virgin again, left me cold. If that young man
truely "loved" the girl, he would wish only that
she was finding and would continue to find life
satisfying. The young Ivy Leaguer has simply
revealed that he remains entirely culture bounil
and threatened by human sexuality. Too bad he
must suffer so needlessly.
I must surely agree with Mr. Butler that much
current dating behivtor Is dysfunctional. I do
feel that the cure for this dilemma is a return
to abstinence, fear, and mvsticWm. I suspect that
such dysfunctional behavior and attitude will
disappear when young people have adequate
knowledge, understanding, and experience in
heterosexual activities. Then and only then will
sex be place? in Its proper perspective.
I). A. Huckenberg
Dear Sir:
Those of us at the University of Nebraska
Medical Center Interested in family planning efforts
were sent a copy of your several articles of March
28, 1DC9. While this topic was undoubtedly of real
interest to your readers, numerous errors of fact
were present, some of which could be of con
siderable Importance.
To cite only a few: "Can a girl become preg
nant at the time of menstruation. The answer is
no" (False). "The IUD costs about $.12." (It osts
about 25 cents) "A morning-after pill is being in
vestigated, . . . although severe side effec's result."
(SUtbestrol has been marketed tor over 23 years,
and used as a po3t-coital contraceptive for five.
Side effects are minimal.)
The headline "Planned Parenthood Concepts
Unknown Among Uneducated" perpetuates a myth.
Jalle's report is primarily of historic interest, and
statements that urban low-Income couples have
difficulty obtaining contraceptives, and do not
employ effective methods simply are not true.
ifcur own University has rather extensive pro
grams cf research, federally supported patient
service, and education in family planning. If future
articles are Dlanned, we would be pleased to provide
accurate l W.
V; Warren H. Pearse. M.I).
Professor and Chairman
Department of OB-GYN
Similarly. :he female -dents fo- soc"-"?'"
family-oriertation and culture prov!d? mrny c
goals and methods through which nar; nd
created society. As we tamper with fie sexes,
we therefore risk a great deal.
Several trends tend to weaken the two-sex social
system. One is excessive fraternization between
the sexes. The historic all-male club, young boys
immersed in science and sports, men's poke.-,
pinochle and bowling circuits, the all-boys preo
schools and colleges provided the environment i
which masculinity could develop without great
restraint. Similarly, the female society ' had its
hallowed privacy and special, routes to maturity-
BETTY FRIEDAN'S powerful "Feminine
Mystique" was an excellent -argument for the
feminist view, but it confused a generation of
women many of whom would otherwise be more,
than-co'ntent to make their highly individualistic
family contribution to society. The new feminist
group NOW, has even compared American women
to racial minorities, successfully compelling the
New York Times and other New York City papers
to omit mention of sex in help-wanted ads, adding
some confusion to the hiring of truck drivers and
girl Fridays. ,
The weakened Unisex male may be a less-than-satisfactory
leader for a society that needs direc
tioh and a poor mate for women "who have
universally sought strength with compassion from
the male. , .
The hardened Unisex female can hardly- serve
as the healthy counterpoint to the aggressiveness
the male needs to survive. As she becomes overly,
aggressive herself, his home as well as his career
w!ll have the unsettling cutting edge of a com
petitive jungle. 0 .
THE CHILD WHO results from such a Unisex
home can hardly understand the requirements of
life being unused to the extraordinary warmth
and insight of a true female and the fair but
firm sense that only a man can give an offspr
infl Pants-built-for-two can be a wild put-on to
entertain family and friends But as a symbol
of sexual deterioration it frightens one mate who
thoroughly enjoys, and respects, "la difference.
L.. .. a. Si-
For better or worse, Ted Kennedy, our lust
chance to perpetuate the Camelot myth, cannot
escape his identity. Certainly up to the present
that identity has proved advantageous.
Throughout his political career he has facel
charges of nepotism, yet he has always prevailed,
from his victory over Speaker John McCormack's
nephew in l2 to his recent flattening of Russell,
Son of lluey.
And the Democratic Party is not about to ignore
the advantage of Kennedy's name even Mayor
Daly is trying to get on the bandwagon.
WHILE MOST AMERICANS readily proclaim
the folly of voting for a man simply because lie
is related to a noted (or canonized) public figure,
few are willing to disqualify Ted Kennedy from
consideration for the Presidency. Amen to that.
There is little doubt that if he wants the
Democratic Presidential nomination in 1972, it's
his. And, if Sweet Richard's negotiations don't stop
our confrontations by then, Kennedy well might
find himself in the White House.
So, you say, very big deal. Every school child
knows that. Perhaps so, but the Old Guard of
the GOP is apparently just finding it out. And
the word ha3 gone forth from Pennsylvania Avenue
a a
RICHARD COEl'R DE LION, of course, won t
soil his hands in trying to discredit t It
Massachusetts prodigy everyone knows that Dick
would never stoop to dirty politics. He ha.- instead
deployed the finest men available for the task
Spiro T Ev, and a soft-shoe artist named
But even for these professionals, the task 's
not easy. In spite of itself, the public has a soit
spot in its heart for Ted Kennedy. Even-when
he calls for recognition of Red China, even when
he blisters U.S. policy towards Biafra, even when
his wife wears a micro-nothing to a formal
Presidential ball, the public sighs and forgives.
a a a
MI UPII THE JERK, away from California ami
Ronnie (the Earthquake comethl) long enough i
Join Kennedy 'a fact finding tour to Alaska. m;l ;e
a great move to sabotage the trip by returning
home along with two fellow Republicans, Just .i
publicity stunt for Kennedy, they say. (Nixon
watchdog Herb Klein did as much for George
McC.overn's survey of hunger In America.) One
ol Murph's cohorts. William Saxbe of Ohio, flnallv
admitted that Kennedy cannot help it If poor people
throng about him and newsmen write stories ac
cordingly. Ineulcntly, the result of the GOP walkout was
more publicity fur Kennedy.
These tactics are par for the political cours.
Kennedy Is perfectly capuble and, 1 hope, willing
to return blow for blow. He has alreudy taken
one strictly political stand, seconding the general
public s demand for tax reform.
BUT SOMETHING NEW has been added by
the GOP. Kennedy is now being depicted as the
arch enemy on the ABM and Spiro T. has been
telling certain GOP senators that a vote against
the system constitutes support for Kennedy agulnst
Nixon Cooper, Hatfield, Javitts, Case, Goodcll, and
Vanudful "f Ies prominent Republican senator
who have been 'outspoken against the ABM an
being intimidated to change their stand.
If the Republican administration Is so sacre.l
of led Kennedy already that it not only starts
an early smear campaign but must even attempt,
to arbitrarily regulate the performance of : In
dividual who helped elect it (yet who would ft '
iiKe to think for themselves on some crucial issues.
. then guggest that said administration InJu '
i , ,,ume cholce Portnoylc activity. The a J
ministration is dedicated to bringing ug toge.iicr
"Pin (again?) but apparently tis' to be on
the administration's terms.
If Kennedy's or any liberal's ideas, positions,
ana programs are going to be automatically con
sidered anathema simply because they come from
tne opposition, opinion will only be further polariz
ed. Opinion camps will become more and more
militant and actions more and more rash.
Voices less responsible than Kennedy's wiil be
heard. In tills vicious cycle, a return by" President
Nixon to his old "used car" brand of politics
shatter any hope of progres or reform in thu
next four yean.