NOMINATIONS DUE TODAY
Ann Arbor group to
hold contest' for
The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 4, 1988- Page 3
focus on media
By LISA WINER.
The Ann Arbor Citizens Advisory
Committee on Rape Prevention
(CACORP) presents its Fourth An-
nual Contest on Sexism i n
Advertising this month, entitled
"What If They Were Selling a
Woman and No One Was Buying?"
The purpose of the contest is to
"examine the images of women pre-
sented in the media, and to increase
our awareness of the ways that vio-
lent and degrading images create an
atmosphere that accepts and support
the sexual victimization of women,"
said Marian Milbauer, CACORP
Today is the final day to submit
MILBAUER SAID a likely
nomination for the national award
this year is a Speedo advertisement
which states, "Gentlemen, start your
engines" below a photograph of a
} beautiful woman in a bathing suit.
Milbauer believes this conveys that
"(this woman's) presence on earth
and in this bathing suit is for male
Not only is this ad degrading to
women, Milbauer said, but also
since it suggests "men can't control
themselves," it promotes the idea
that men are excused in violating
women. "It's all a part of our rape
culture," said Milbauer.
ACCOUNT Executive Ken
Pierce for Speedo's advertising
agency, Wieden and Kennedy
Company, feels differently. Pierce,
who expressed concern that his
advertisements not be sexist, said the
advertisement was "right on target."
"We had talked about these kind
of things," Pierce said. "We are very
cognizant of women." He said he
does not approve of "selling sex."
"You want to look good in a
Speedo, you want others to feel at-
tracted to you. It doesn't go any fur-
ther than that." He said his adver-
tisement speaks to women who "feel
good about themselves, who are not
afraid that they are attractive to
CACORP has been successful in
the past in bringing change. A bill-
board for Black Velvet displaying a
woman in a seductive position and a
slogan, "Feel the Velvet Canadian"
was changed due to local protest.
By VICKI BAUER
East Quad's 21st annual
Women's Weekend will recognize
women's contributions an d
achievements in the arts by focusing
on women in the media.
This weekend's symposium is
intended to create an awareness about
women's accomplishments in print
and broadcast journalism along with
film, said Women's Weekend
Coordinator Kristina Larson, an
"The weekend is not meant to be
about militant feminists. It's meant
to be a celebration of women in the
art. I personally don't like the name
'Women's Weekend.' I hope more
men will come out for it," Larson
Women's Weekend will begin at
8 p.m. tonight with keynote speaker
Ruth Bayard Smith, the Midwest
stringer for the Boston Globe.
"There are still a lot of people
who aren't aware of what women are
actually doing in the arts and are
quick to write them off," said
Inteflex Senior Robert Dunn, one'o
the symposium's 20 planners.
Tomorrow at 3 p.m. there will be
a panel discussion with women
journalists and a photography
exhibit featuring women i n
advertising. At night popular films
by women directors will be shown.
"It's not going to be preachyor
like going to a lecture. The events
will be informal and fun and I hope
people won't be afraid to talk or say
how they really feel," Larson said.
The weekend will culminate
Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Halfway
Inn, where women will perform by
singing, dancing, and reading poetry.
All events are free and will take
place in East Quad. The symposium
is being sponsored by the East Quad
Mumford High considers
implementing dress code
DETROIT (AP) - Concerned and jewelry items.
educators at Mumford High School
are considering imposing a ban on School Principal Robin Oden said
expensive clothes because they think a dress code might enhance learning
students should value studying more at the school.
than style. Oden has said no single incident
Mumford officials have said a prompted him to seek a dress code
clothing ban might include Troop but there have been several incidents
brand jackets and gym shoes, leather in which students have had clothing
jackets and other expensive clothing stolen going to and from school.
At Tuesday night's MSA meeting, LSA senior Dan Tobocman read
from Robert's Rules of Order, not the assembly's constitution, to
determine whether the assembly could hold a second, roll call vote after
the first vote had been tallie
Daily Photo by DAVID LUBUNER
Dutch feminist Marja Brouwers speaks on feminist literature last night
at the International Center. Women writers have traditionally been
discouraged by duties of motherhood and restricted access to education
and libraries, she said.
Author speaks on
By DAYNA LYNN names to get their works published.
There have been no female "Great women writers were usu-
Platos, Ovids, or Shakespeares be- ally not mothers," she said, because
cause traditionally women have not childrearing and household duties left
been in a position to produce works little time for writing. Brouwers said
of this caliber, said Marja Brouwers, high infant mortality rates - and
a feminist writer from the Nether- the necessity of having an average of
lands. 12 children to assure that four chil-
Brouwers spoke on international dren would survive past the age of
feminist fiction at the International 18 - restricted the time women had
Center last night in a visit sponsored to write literary works.
by the Netherlands America Univer- EVEN IN this century, women
sity League. were denied access to libraries and
Brouwers, author of two novels, education, thus limiting their expo-
is currently a writer in residence at sure to great literary works. Author
the University of Minnesota at Virginia Woolf was denied use of the
Minneapolis. She has taught Dutch libraries at Oxford and Cambridge
literature in translation there since during the 1920s.
last fall. It is still difficult for women
BECAUSE SHE did not feel at writers, particularly for women from
ease speaking in English, Brouwers small European countries, to publish
read last night from a paper she their works in America Brouwers
wrote on European feminist fiction said.
after French novelist Simone de When women received equal
Beauvoir. rights early this century, it "opened
"The bulk of world literature has schools and universities to women."
been written by men," because The decrease of infant mortality rates
patriarchal societies have restricted freed women to write, Brouwers said.
women's roles, she said. Talented "The arts are neither male nor fe-
women writers like the Bronte sis- male," she said, noting that a bal-
ters and Mary Anne Evans (George ance should be sought between male
Elliot) were forced to assume male and female writers.
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