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Group Title: WomaNews : Gainesville's Feminist Newspaper.
Title: WomaNews : Gainesville's Feminist Newspaper. August 1975.
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Title: WomaNews : Gainesville's Feminist Newspaper. August 1975.
Uniform Title: WomaNews : Gainesville's Feminist Newspaper.
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Publisher: Women Unlimited, Inc
Publication Date: August 1975
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Spatial Coverage: Florida -- Alachua County -- Gainesville
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A Monthly Published by Women Unlimited, Inc.

Gainesville, Florida 115 South Main Street August 1975


COFFEEHOUSE EXPERIENCE IS SET FOR
AUGUST 22 AT CENTER FOR UNITED MINISTRIES


Women Unlimited would
like to invite you to an eve-
ning of entertainment, Fri-
day, August 22, at 8 p.m.,
at the Center for United
Ministries.

The night will be filled
with a variety of talent
donated by our local wamen.
There will be a montage of
music as well as poetry
reading and comedy.

This montage will be an
evening for you to explore


the feminine talent of Gaines-
ville.

Women Unlimited with your
support will present a series
of coffee house experiences.
We hope to uncover same of the
hidden talents that so many of
the women in this area are en-
dowed with.

Tickets will be available
through Women Unlimited. For
further information, please
contact the Center.


WOMEN'S CENTER SHAPES UP

The environment at Women
Unlimited is changing daily.
Carpeting is down, posters
are up, and a new air con-
ditioner is in.
We still need some more
straight back chairs, small
lounge chairs, coffee mugs,
lamps, and small end tables
We could also use a small
couch and window fan.
If you can donate any of
these items, please call
the Center and arrangements
will be made to pick up at
your convenience.


WOMANSTORE


LIBRARY EXPANDS WITH SELECTION OF LIBRARIAN


Womanstore is open and
needs women to get together
to staff and run the store.
Meetings are Thursdays at
5:30 p.m.

Bring your ideas and
your woman-made arts and
crafts or call and leave
a message for Cathy or
Ann.

Women Unlimited, Inc.,
is pleased to announce our
new extended hours. Begin-
ning August 4, the Center
will be open Monday through
Friday, from 12-4 and 6-9pn.


We now have a librarian!
More time and expertise can
now be put into expanding and
improving this vital aspect of
your Center.

We are building a "reserve"
section which will include
basic reference materials on
the wumen's movement, plus two
(presently) exciting new dona-
tions; autographed copies of
Patience and Sarah, by Isabelle
Miller, and Dark Roads, by
Mary Webb. These "reserve"
books will be available for
you to read in the Center.


The major portion of the
Library will continue to be
a "lending library." Books
may be checked out for two
weeks, with a two book limit.

There are a number of
books out now past the two
week limit. If you have any
PLEASE RETURN THEM. If the
Center is not open, you may
drop books through the mail
slot.

Our ability to maintain
a lending library depends on
everyone's cooperation. Cane
in and browse.


~C',-~





RADICAL RAVINGS


By Sallie Ann Harrison
"Now girls, you've cane to the hardest time
The Man'al try to hand you every line
He'll plead, he'll argue, he'll sulk and the like
He'll call every one of you a god damn dyke."


These words from the Lav-
ender Jane album forecast
what is in store for most of
us as feminists. Society
has a word for strong women;
that word is "dyke." Other
variations to which we are
becoming accustomed are
"bitch," "manhater," and
"castrating female."

Just for the record, I
had always feared the word
"bitch." Now I realize that
"bitch" is a term men use
for women whom they don't
have power over. A bitch is
a woman who respects her own
opinion enough to want her
own way and to assert herself
to get it.

Okday, so I for one have
gotten to the point where
name-calling from men often
registers positively. Means
I'm finally learning to as-
sert myself. BUT, while I
can accept traditional epi-
thets with a warm "thank you,'


the word "dyke" makes me
squeamish. A dyke is a person
who lives outside the law, who
is looked upon by society as
"perverted." A dyke is sane-
one who loses her job and loses
her kids with the full sanction
of society. It's safe to say
that a dyke is a pretty danger-
ous thing for one to be called
in our society.

And guess what, Sisters?
Whis is what"that "tiny" anti-
wxmens-lib segment of the pop-
ulation are going to call you.
Yes, women, the time is coming
for the "Great Purge."

We'll be making a list,
checking it twice, gonna find

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out who's naughty and nice.
To legitimize ourselves to
the anti-wtoen masses, do
we react defensively? Do
we say, "No, I'm not a les-
bian, but so-and-so is?"

To be sure, name-calling
is a most effective means
of social control. But look
who's calling names: a pat-
riarchial society that rapes
wanen and laughes about it.
To be called the Lavendar
Menace, is, after all, still
to be called a menace. To
me it seems an honor, like
being on Nixon's enemy list.

The term "dyke" may be-
come music to my ears after
all.
***** ***********


WOMANEWS is a publication of Women Unlimited, Inc.,
115 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601.

Opinions expressed in WMANEWS are solely those of each
author and are not necessarily those of Women Unlimited,
Inc., its steering committee or its editors.


Editors -- Carole Martin and Kayanna Pace
EDITORIAL ********************************


Sisterhood is Powerful, But .

I learned about sisterhood
and personal power almost sim-
ultaneously. While I was gain-
a feeling of my own self-worth
and dignity, I was also inter-
acting with many beautiful
sisters here in Gainesville.
Their support, love, and en-
couragement helped to streng-
then my growing feelings ;
about myself as being a cap-
able, self-sustaining person.
I was learning the meaning of
power, and for the first time
in my life power was a good
word.


Months have passed and I
have learned power can be good
and bad. At times I have been
overpowering as a sister and
others have felt intimidated.
At times I have felt overpow-
ered and the feeling leaves
negative energy where positive
energy wants to live.

Women, generally, have
never known or had real or
personal power. So, it is a
new element we must learn to
deal with.- Feeling power ma
makes me feel good. Seeing a
sister intimidated doesn't.


So, I've had to learn
about the use of power. At
times I must modify my feel-
ings and behavior and try not
to be an overpowering sister.
This is negative power. Pow-
er should always be positive
and supportive. Power should
always stimulate the growth
of more positive power.

I have been guilty of
many things. In the last
year I've come from being a
nonbeing, insecure person to

(Continued on p. 4 )




WTMEN IN THE HOUSE


Tallahassee NOW held its
recent seminar on Women in
Politics. The seminar took
place on the floor of the
House Chamber

The large number of women
attending this seminar nearly
filled every seat in the
House.

Among invited speakers
were Rep. Elaine Gordon and
Rep. Karen Coolman.

Speakers from the Gaines-
ville area included Phyllis
Bleiweis and Jeanette Blevins.


HEALTH CONFERENCE
PLANNED

A group of women met re-
cently to begin organizing
the first Southeatern Wmnen's
Health Conference.

Represented at this meet-
ing were Women Unlimited,
NOW, Gainesville Women's
Health Center, Alachua County
Women's Political Caucus, the
University of Florida, Santa
Fe Community College, and
Breakthrough.

The date of the conference
is tentatively set for the
end of February or the begin-
ning of March 1976. Commit-
tees have been formed and
efforts are underway to get
funding for the conference.

For information about can-
mittees and more about this
conference, contact Bonnie
Coats, 462-2423 or 377-5161,
extension 220.

The next meeting will be
August 18, 1975, at 7 p.m.,
at Women Unlimited.


The panel discussions and
workshops covered every aspect
of starting and running a cam-
paign, both for the candidate
and her staff.

At the end of the day, there
was much excited talk about fu-
ture campaigns.


PRISON TASK FORCE
FORMED

A task force has been organ-
ized to.look into certain situ-
ations affecting women at
Lowell Prison and take action
on behalf of Women Unlimited
and other coficerned organiza-
tions.

If you are interested in
becoming a part of this effort
either as an individual or as
a representative of an organi-
zation, contact Women Unlim-
ited.


A Child Abuse Task Force
has been formed and is now
getting underway.

Sponsored by NOW and the
Rape Intervention and Crisis
Intervention Center, the
Task Force is planning a
conference sane time in
September, held by Camun-
ity Mental Health.


NEW HOURS FOR
COUNSELING SERVICE

Women Unlimited is pleased
to announce its new hours
for counseling services.

The new hours will be
Wednesday and Thursday,
1- 4 p.m.

Women in need of counsel-
ing, or someone to rap with
concerning problems, are en-
couraged to drop in or call.


SIXTH MONTH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE PLANNED

In a continuing effort to provide area women with timely
information, wMANEWS will, from time to time, publish spec-
ial issues.

Since September marks the sixth month anniversary of
Waoen Unlimited, and is the traditional month for a renewed
awareness of education, W3MANEWS will place special empha-
sis on women's education in its Septemer issue.

Proposed artices include the status of women in education,
career opportunities, interviews with wonen educators, and
interviews with young women of primary and secondary levels.

Because this is a special issue, we would like to have
WMANEWS printed. Since printing is such a costly item, we
are asking your support in order to meet the cost.

If you can help us through your donations, we can better
serve the Alachua County women's community.


The Communications Cammittee


CHILD ABUSE







CALENDAR OF EVENTS


AUIGUST


2 N.O.W. State Council Meeting
3 Rape Information & Counseling Service Meeting
4 Women's Task Force on Employment Discrimination
5 & 6 Rape Workshops UF sponsored
9 Womanstore meets
13 Alach. Co. Women's Political Caucus Board
N.O.W. Coffeehouse
14 N.O.W. Business Meeting
Womanstore meets
18 SE Regional Women's Health Conf. Planning Meet.
20 GO-ERA
21 Alach. Co. Women's Political Caucus Meeting
22 Women Unlimited Coffeehouse
26 G'ville Human Relations Advisory Ba.'
28 N.O.W. Business Meeting
WVimanstore


Sarasota
Women's Health Cent.
Women Unlimited
JWRU
Women Unlimited

2nd Fl, Audit. ,JWRD
150 B, JWRU
Women Unlimited
Women Unlimited
Women Unlimited

Cent. United Minist.
City Hall
150B, JWRU
Women Unlimited


September


7 Rape Information & Counseling Service Meeting
12-14 State N.O.W. Conferenite


EDITORIAL
(Contined from p. 3)

to a person with power and
energy. Along the way I
made, and am making many
mistakes. But I'm learn-
ing.

Maybe we all need to con-


stantly re-examine our own
feelings of sisterhood and
power and learn the use of
"good" power.

cjm


Women's Heath Cent.
F.I.T., Jensen Bch


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WOMAN STAMP TO BE ISSUED


To receive a first-day can-
cellation on a women's stamp
designed by Marian Schottland,
New York, in commemoration of
the International Womens Year,
send a money order, before Au-
gust 26, to IWY Stamp,Postmas-
ter, Seneca Falls, N. Y. 13148.


Women Unlimited, Inc.
115 South Main Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601


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