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The Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Friday, May 16, 1975
News Phone: 764-0552
Drop tres passing charge
The trespassing case against 44 members of the
graduate organizing committee is now being heard in
Judge S. J. Elden's courtroom. Hopefully all charges will
be dismissed against the graduate student group sup-
porters and members who were arrested during the GEO
strike while picketing in front of the Plant Department.,
The GEO strike was no picnic for those who made it
work; they protested at their own risk and paid a high
price for their efforts in inconvenience and discomfort.
In addition, there is ample evidence to suggest that many
plant department drivers had actually encouraged the
picketers to slow them down, and the police department
hadn't clearly indicated locations suitable for picket
lines. A conviction of the picketers at this point would
be no more than blatant vindictiveness; we hope to see
all charges made against them dropped immediately.
HEW cutback welcome
fare's commitment to carefully investigate the Cobb
controversy and remedy any discriminatory activities
it may have involved is a refreshing indication that the
government bureau is committed to a working affirma-
tive action program, not one in name only.
Hopefully, HEW's reported plan to withhold a half
million dollar grant from the University's Highway Safe-
ty Research Institute will provide a greater incentive, for
the University rectify Cobb-related transgressions than
the Affirmative Action Committee report commissioned
by President Fleming.

Profile of a misanthrope
By SUSAN GIZYNSKI According to this mythology, chologist William Prendergast,
J1XACTLY WHAT is rape? if it were not for learned soc- it was found that moet states
Everyone has their own de- ial controls, all men would rape. did not try to differentiate be-
finition. Rape is a natural oehavior pat- tween the criminal offender and
Rape is an act of aggression tern and men must learn not the psychiatric offender.
in which the victim is denied to rape. Yet in fact, studies re- Prendergast found that the
self-determination. It is an act veal that rape is not impuive average I.Q. of the p;ychiatric
of violence; although not al- behavior, and that most rape offender was quite high and
ways followed by beatings or is planned. that many had a broad range
murder, rape still carries the Ours is a culture which cx- of educational actolevemen's.
threat of death. Rape is not pects aggression from the male The offenders ran the gamut
only a crime of bodily as- and passivity from the female. from poverty and lox social
sault, but . a transgression The male psyche persists in be- position to wealth and high soc-
against chastity as defined by lieving that deep down in her ial position; most were white.
the male society. mysterious soul, the f e m a 1 e Prendergast found that most
Rape is the least reported of "rays for this destiny. Tae rap- were sexually inhibited a n d
all crimes, according co the ist can often condone his be- often knew that they were sick
P Tn he16' i havior by claiming that all and thus felt tremtndous galt.

. D.. IIn it YO , 11
of rape rose nationally by 93
cent, less than robberymbut n
than any other crime aga:
the person. Approximately
000 to 40,000 rapes are repor
annually, but for an accurate
tal, the F.B.I. claims the
ures must be multiplied by
to compensate for unrepot
assaults. Using this form
there are more rapes tom:
ted than aggravated ass
and homicides.
Police officials feel that
definite increase in rape is
necesarily due to a step-ut
criminal activity, but is a re
of increasing willingness to
port rape. Since traditional IT
society defines women as
sessions, it isn't surprising
find that theft is ine fe
most often committed toge
with rape.
RAPE HAS been amazii
misunderstood, and remains
mostamyth-ridden of all ccix
In past times and places,
rapist has been variously v
ed as monster, mental ret
ant, and playboy. Saxon 1
punished the crime with de
under William the Conque
the punishment was castra
and loss of eyes. In 15th
tury England, offenders c
escapesentence by morc
their victims, which iml
that the crime was simply a
deemable sport.
According to the male m
stagy, rape is an animah
stinct inherent in thz- na


women want to be raped. And
it is the nature of human be-
ings to want to live up to vhat
is exoected of them.
RAPE 5S THE perect com-
bination of sex and violence: the
ultimate act. Sexual pleasure
cannot be separated from cul-
ltre, and in our socis y, male
sexuality is wedded tO power. A
theory presents itself: that so-
ciety teaches men the basics of
rape, and also indirectly en-
courages the practice of it.
Just what type of individual
rapes? Psychologist Bernard J.
Oliver states; "The rapist gen-
erally tends to be emotionally
immature, has deep feelings of
insecurity and inferiority, and
seems to have considerable dif-
ficulty in establishiag adequate
social relationships.'
In a study conducts 1 by psy-

CRIMINAL offenders r a t e
very low in educational achieve-
ments. They feel no guilt but
often feel tremend)is hatred
and hostility toward women. Al-
most all are from the ghetto; a
great number are black.
Rape and other forms of .;ex-
ual aggression could e curbe
by the solution of our social and
moral problems. Rape virtims
must draw together oil t h e i r
strength to follow t:hrough with
prosecution of their case. A
greater willingness to discuss
rape in public, the growing
availability of abortion, and the
women's liberation movement
have combined to create a cli-
mate in which women reel
stronger about their convictions,
and can dispell their fears of
reporting rape.

Letters: Women s
Studies feedback

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cen- alternatives
ould To The Daily:
pying BEING ONE of the students
plies in the Women's Studies 3 70
a re- course, and more specificaly,
one of the four woo requested
iyt- men be exempt, : would like to
in- explain the rationale beh ad my
iale. action.
On the first day the class muet,
goals were proposed, and ore
of those goals of the, class (com-
posed at that point only of wo-
men) was to g. t a better feel-
ing of ourselves and an appre-
ciation of what it entails to be
a woman in our society,order
laws generated by me u
At the next session, the men
who came were preset-ed With
the fact that the class could be
run more cffaciv'ely with-ut
them. An equally infcrm.a:ive di-
rected reading coa:r se was sug-
gested as an alternative.
I would suggest that through
the directed reading course, con-
current with any tsormal inter-
action with yr amen, this goal
may be reached
I DON'T FEEL these men re
being denied their rights. Al-
ternatives are availabe to th-n,
and these priori'ies should be
considered by the-n.
--Karen O i)1ger
May 14
- generalities
To The D-ilv:
implied that the 'oum-st s Stu-
dies Program exchides men
fronm its courses as a matter of
policv. The Program ha never
in the past and does not new
haie any s-ch policy, as I clear-
lv informed your reporter be-
fare the editorial wept to press:
Notonly would such an exclus-
on violate the Fanul'y Cole; it
would be blatantly anti-eduna-
tibnal as well and for all the
reasons that your ediorsl sug-
gests. In fact, men nwa' con-
stitute about ten or cent of
the enrollment in Women's Study

Par from excluding men, the
Women's Studies Program hs
actively responded to the edu-
rational needs of nesnnot only
in regular courses, but by ot-
fering them specialized inde-
pendent studies, by organizing
discussion sections for men to
study sex-role socialization, and
by co-sponsoring projecus a n d
events aimed at the male con'-
munity, such as a directory list-
ing area resources for men. Men
have also served as discussion
leaders in our two in -oductory
If your reporters would in-
corporate more than one source
in their editorials, it would pre-
serve them from the fallacy of
generalizing from a single and
ill-reported interaction.
-Margaret Lourie
Women's Studies
May 14
Ed.'s note:
The Wednesday Daily's editor-
ial on Women's Studies 370 was
in no way intended to imply
that the Women's Studies Pro-
gram excludes ruen as a matter
of course. The progressive stu-
dies made by the program io
examining and coordinating the
expanding roles of both men
and women are a matter of re-
cord as is the program's unre-
stricted policy on the accouamo-
dation of men in its classes and
projects. At no point does Wed-
nesday's editorial present a
broad-based indictment of the
program, and any inference
made to that effect is unfound-
The point of the column -
one which we feel was suf-
ficiently verified bo a number
of sources - is tCat, in an in-
dividual Women's Studies class,
an instructor-initiated attempt
was made to exclude male
members from the course in
violation of LS gsuidelines and
the spirit of higher education.

rit11 Mi1.WAtjKISE JOURNAL (.
'Hey, kid. Wanna get away from all this talk of energy
crisis and decaying environment?'

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