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Is the law immoral? / What women want / OutCanadians

December 2 1964
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Is the law immoral? / What women want / OutCanadians

December 2 1964

Is the law immoral? / What women want / OutCanadians

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Rita Ubriaco’s passionate plea for self-control in sexual relationships stirs a chivalrous response from this male (Canadians Need Less Birth Control And More Self-Control. October 17). However. I do feel that Miss Ubriaco misunderstands the purpose of birth-control pressure groups. In this country the central aim of such groups is to assert the right of adult Canadians to regulate conception as they see fit without interference from church or state. Birth-control groups assert that adults have the right to secure any mechanical device they wish to control conception, without such action being prohibited by archaic law. This is a moral right: the law as it stands is immoral; and both Protestants and Roman Catholics are responsible for keeping it on the statute books. - REV. RAY GOODALL,

PRESIDENT, SOCIETY FOR POPULATION PLANNING, VANCOUVER

The Katz view of marriage

I agree with Sidney Katz's Marriage Is Easy Street (For Women) in your October 17 issue, to the extent that the vast majority of women are not restless, unhappy and frustrated in their roles of wives and mothers. However, 1 am surprised he should have such a distorted concept of “equality of the sexes" to suggest women desire "inequality." The majority of women have no desire to be equal to men in their historic roles of protectors, providers and heads of the families. A w'oman wants only to feel that in her own more passive realm as homemaker she is of equal importance to her husband. — MRS. j. A.

F EHR, SASKATOON

^ Women probably should not bother to compete with men in fields where men have been successful. They should, instead, expand their concern for their owm families to include people everywhere. This is a sphere in which men have failed miserably. Millions of starving children are tragic testimony to their failure. The more male dominated the society, the sadder the plight of its children and its educational system. - MRS. MARGARET DOERKSON, GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALTA.

^ I think this poor fellow has an inferiority complex. — MRS. THIESEN, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.

*" Isn't your tongue in your check? Katz speaks of “man’s innate sense of gallantry and his more stoic nature." Nonsense. Neither anthropology nor genetics finds any sex-linked connection between the abstractions "gallantry" and “stoicism," and the male. As for monogamy, this gives every man a chance to have one fulltime sex partner and, if he is sly enough, the chance to steal other females for part of the time. Katz

speaks of man suffering from restraint. Civilization, routines, rules and public opinion restrain man more than woman does. “Motherhood means more to women." Yes. But doesn’t sex mean more to men? Katz almost redeems himself by admitting modern society makes both men and women feel trapped. Isn't it time men and women put their energies into battling the problem, and men quit

trying to take out their frustrations by punishing and limiting women, thereby forcing women to battle them, instead of their common difficulties? - DOROTHY MOSS, PICKERING, ONT.

W ho would you pick for '64?

Last January the editors of Maclean's picked out for recognition the outstanding Canadians of 1963. I hope you will make this an annual practice. I also hope you will give readers a chance to nominate their candidates. Here are mine for 1964: Defense

Minister /7 el Iyer because he has finally managed, more or less, to unify the armed forces of the country with substantial savings to the taxpayer — something his famous counterpart in the United States, Defense Secretary MacNamara. has still not managed to do. Eremier Robichaud of New Brunswick because he made the suggestion that may ultimately lead to the union of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, if not of all four Atlantic provinces, and thus eliminate a ridiculous and costly duplication of officials and services in four small provinces that have, altogether, fewer than two million people. Kate Reid because, in the difficult role of the wife of Dylan Thomas, she gave one of the year's best performances on Broadway. — A. GRAHAM, SAINT .IOHN

^ I think you should select as the leading Canadian of 1964 Dr. Frank MacKinnon, of Charlottetown, for the part he played in organizing the centennial celebration of the 1864 Confederation conference, for w'hat he has done to build up Prince of Wales College, and for the books he has written about government, the administration of justice, and education. —

R. I). MCDERMID, PORT CREDIT, ONT.

^ My choice for the Canadians of the year are Cieorge Hungerford, of Vancouver. and Roger Jackson, of Toronto. who won the gold medal for the

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Nonchailenge to nonwriter / How to grow — the natural way

two-man Olympic rowing team when nobody gave them a chance. — .JUDY

BROWN, VANCOUVER

editor's note: Nominations are wide open.

Nonword for nonword

I have just seen a copy of the article by Robert Thomas Allen. Outer Galaxy (November 2), and 1 must inform you that Maclean’s has been the victim of plagiarism.. It just happens that this is an exact copy of a magazine article I didn't write ovo years ago. — SHEILA HAILEY (MRS.

ARTHUR HAILEY), TORONTO

That for newsmen!

Blair Fraser's article on press reporting is refreshing reading (What The Man Said Isn’t Always What The Press Gallery Says He Said. Reports, October 17). Indeed, Canadian newsmen are on trial. The vicious distortions employed by them to destroy the Diefenbaker government, culminating in the '63 fiasco, have resulted in their arraignment before the Canadian public. The day of organized press propaganda is careening to a justified and timely end. —

MRS. MARIE E. MARESCAUX. TORONTO

A home — only if it's big enough

Re Ian Schinders U. S. Report (If Insects Can't Stand Overcrowding, What About People Who Live In ( ities? October 3): I'd like to protest the absurd law that all new homes must be of a certain size or they can't he built. If whole families can live in two or three rooms, I fail to see the sense of imposing a law that forbids one building a small home to accommodate an aging couple, who need little but would enjoy privacy, or a newly married couple. — MRS. ROSE KENNEDY, MILI GROVE, ONT.

Money for music

Blair Fraser has expressed very well the complexity of factors which enter into decisions of The Canada Council in awarding grants in the artistic fields (The Cuitada Council, Like (iod. Helps /hose Who Help Themselves, Reports, October 3). In spite of this, I am inclined to question his mathematics and sources of income which possibly reflects unfavorably on Regina when compared with the Halifax situation. Assuming that he takes the population of Halifax for the period in question at a hundred thousand, at 65 cents per head this would add up to $65.000 for so-called “local " support exclusive of Canada

Council, which would bring the budget to $80,000. The $65,000 in our case includes all revenues obtained from contracts with CBC. provincial, civic, subscription concerts, campaign, women's auxiliary, special performances and school concerts, etc. Secondly, it is the only fully professional orchestra in the Atlantic area. Regina, on the other hand, with a presumed population of 120.000 for the period is quoted as raising only five cents per head, which would be $6,000. It is

presumed that Regina does not have such special areas of support as the CBC. Any provincial grants would presumably be divided between Regina and Saskatoon, and also, that due to having two orchestras within the province, their school and touring program would he somewhat restricted. All these factors of course, would adversely affect the financial picture as presented. — w. A. MURRAY, MD,

PRESIDENT, HALIFAX SYMPHONY SOCIETY

1 was horn in that so-called desolate country, the Arctic, and 1 disagree with some of Blair Fraser's impressions (Our Double Image Of The North. October 17). He writes, "When David Neve, the administrator. brought his wife Brenda and their children to Aklavik . . . they found their house in almost as squalid condition as those of their Eskimo neighbors." This disturbs me as an Eski-

mo. I have visited these homes many times hut did not find them in squalor. Most of the people at Aklavik have very clean, tidy, simply furnished homes. As for Neve having “sparked a clean-up paint-up movement," that is not true. The clean-up campaign started before the new administrator arrived. As for school facilities, I sensed, while attending school at Inuvik last year, a yearning by some of the older teenage native set to have their own rooms to study in with

complete privacy. The hostels are terrific in many ways, but they sleep about 66 students — from I 3 to 20 years old—to a dormitory. It's just like a fish bowl. — MARY CARPENTER,

EDMONTON

Better baby bonuses?

Your editorial. Population Pxplosion? It's Just What We Need (October 17), makes a very presentable case. Mul is immigration the best alterna-

tive? A better option for population growth might be the encouragement of a higher rate of natural increase, and the soundest policy to promote population growth would be to adopt a significant and vigorous increase in family allowances. The ultimate goal should be to maintain family allowances at a rate that would fully defray the living costs of the young, at the time when earnings are lowest and the costs are highest. — EDWARD

C'ARRIGAN, TORONTO ★