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friday, december 1, 1972
iincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 49
Friedan urges human liberation,
warns against potential backlash
by Debby Fairley
Feminist Betty Friedan spoke Thursday to
more than 700 persons in the Nebraska Union
without once denouncing "male chauvinist
in tact, sne made it clear that she thought
women who labeled all men chauvinistic pigs
were on the wrong track.
"We're not talking about man as the
oppressor, man as the enemy," she said. "If the
women's movement is taken in the direction of
sex class warfare, it will fail-it will create a
backlash not only from men but an enormous
backlash from women disillusioned with the
Friedan's 1963 book, The Feminine
Mystique, proved a brginning for the modern
women's liberation movement. But the issue no
longer is women's liberation, she said, but
"The women's movement is only stage one,
or the conscious stage, of something much
bigger-a sex role revolution, a human
Hostility between tne sexes has not been
caused by the women's movement, she said, but
by outdated sex roles.
"The anti-man feeling on the fringes of the
women's movement is only a symptom of the
problem, made virtually inevitable by sex
roles," she emphasized.
What's happening today, Friedan said, is not
a war between men and women but a
movement of both sexes against stereotyped
ideas of what men and women should be.
As the women's liberation movement picked
up steam, she said, men also began rebelling
against their roles.
"Young men began wearing their hair long
and saying 'I don't have to be crew cut and
tight-lipped and big-muscled when there are no
bears to kill.'
'These men are not brutal and sadistic; they
can be tender. They don't have to be dominant
or superior. They can admit they're afraid
sometimes and even cry."
When a man thinks that way, she said, "that
young man is not going to die 10 years before
his wife. He is not part of the suppressed
Many husbands and wives are now working
out alternate ways to share the responsibilities
of home and children, she said.
"And that doesn't mean the man makes the
French dressing while the woman scrubs out
the toilet bowl."
The "battle of the sexes" won't accomplish
anything, she warned, because men and women
need each other.
"The sexual and human need of men and
women for each other changes everything... it's
not a worker-to-boss situation."
When the women's movement began, she
said, it caused a mass identity crisis for women.
No matter how much a woman wanted to be
a mother, she had to force herself to be a
person too, said Friedan.
"Here there were millions of us and each one
thought she was a freak if she wasn't having
orgasms while waxing the kitchen floor.
"She had a terrible auilt if she thought there
should be more to life than peanut butter
sandwiches with the kids, or working, but
rushing home and feeling guilty."
The identity crisis forced women to see
themselves as humans, she said,. and now their
movement is helping men do fhe same. J
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Campbell lobbies for University budget
by Steve Arvanette
Anne Campbell, University director of public
affairs, says she is expecting that quite a few state
senators will be asking why the University is headed
for a $1.4 million deficit this year.
Describing her job as a "combination of public
relations and liaison work with legislators and other
agencies of government," Campbell says she'll have
"legitimate justification" when questioned by
senators as to the reasons for the deficit.
Her prime concern in working with the Unicameral
will be the proposed University budaet.
"We hope to get as much of that budget adopted
as possible," Campbell said.
She noted that she knows most of Nebraska's tato
senators already as a result of working for the Lincoln
Public Schools in a similar position. Much of her time
since coming to the University last July has been
spent getting acquainted with "the total operation of
the University" and the people involved with it.
Understanding the budget procedure from
conception to implementation is "not a small task,"
"Its a very comprehensive and complex
document," she said.
According to Campbell, her job was created as a
result of recommendations made by the Cresap report
on University management. Basically she is
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Campbell. . . understanding the budget is "not a small task."
responsible for representing the University in the
A graduate initially from the University of
Northern Colorado in physical education, Campbell
received her doctorate from UNL in educational
Since she will be a registered lobbyist, Campbell
says she must be in close reach of senators when they
desire information about the University.
Concerning the University's deficit, Campbell said
one of the biggest causes was passage of LB408,
which changed the state residency requirements for
students. Senators may be asked to clarify the steps a
student. would take in getting Nebraska residency for
A secondary cause of the deficit-decreased
student classloas will necessitate re-examining of the
proposed University budget at the next Board of
Regents meeting, she said.
Senators also will be asked to create a College of
Environmental Design at UNL, Campbell said. If
senators agree to the change, the present College of
Engineering and Architecture would be renamed the
College of Engineering and Technology.
According to Campbell, the change would
"broaden the field of architecture."
Campbell said University administrators have
visited with Lincoln senators, and one topic of
conversation has been a replacement for Sen. Fern
Orme of the powerful Budget committee.
Orme was defeated in the November election.
Lincoln senators appear interested in placing another
Lincoln senator on the committee.
According to Campbell, some Lincoln senators
would like to see Sen. Harold Simpson take tho
"If Simpson is interested, he would be the likely
(choice," she added, noting the UNL city campus falls
in his district.
"We'd be extremely satisfied with Harold
Simpson" serving on the Budget Committee,
Regardless of who is placed on the committee, she
said, she is looking forward to working with Lincoln
"We also hope for a close working relationship
with the Omaha delegation and outstate senators,"
Campbell added quickly.
Viewing the coming legislative session, Campbell
citizens will support the University. J
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