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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Monday, November 2, 1992

settle their
final themes
in campaign
Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, the
campaign ended the way it began -
in a struggle to keep the spotlight on
the nation's economic destiny.
President Bush's thematic
odyssey took him from last winter's
"Message: I care" to arguments that
Clinton had run down Arkansas,
would raise taxes and did not have
the integrity to be president.
Draft history was the cornerstone
of Bush's attempt to raise doubts
about Clinton. But Bush had his own
problems on the trust issue - in-
cluding an indictment by former
Defense Secretary Caspar Wein-
berger that claimed Bush knew
about the Iran-Contra scandal.
Clinton, trying to break the lib-
eral stereotype, called himself "a dif-
ferent kind of Democrat" - who
supported the death penalty and a
two-year cap on welfare.
"He has done everything he
needs to do in terms of trying to
repositionhimself," said analyst
Stuart Rothenberg.
Clinton, at 46, depicted himself
as the candidate of change in a year
when voters seemed intent on
cleaning house.
But Bush, 68, wasn't ceding that
ground. "Who do you trust to make
change?" he asked.
For awhile after the Los Angeles
Roits it seemed urban decay would
be the hot issue during this year.
Voters refused, however, to be
diverted from their economic con-
"Nothing has bothered the
American people more than the
economy," said presidential historian
Henry Graff of Columbia
Continued from page 1
"those who say things are fine and
those of us who believe we can do
Bush has frequently attributed his
political difficulties this year to the
economy, and says economic growth
has resumed after the recession, al-
though slowly. Asked in a CNN in-
terview what he would say to those
who supported him in 1988 but now
seem in Clinton's column, he
"I'd say the economy is getting
better. Don't listen to those who say
we re in a recession. Look at the
character issue, look at the trust

Forum shows new
view of prostitution


Train tragedy
Rescue workers look at the remains of a wrecked passenger car being removed after a passenger train
slammed into a parked freight train before dawn yesterday at the tiny railway stop of Reti in South Central
Pakistan. At least 14 people were killed and 60 injured.

by Johnny Su
Daily Staff Reporter
Feminists, lawyers and other
scholars discussed new ways to
consider "the world's oldest profes-
sion" last weekend at a conference
entitled "Prostitution: From
Academia to Activism." The forum
was sponsored by the Michigan
Journal of Gender and Law.
Cynthia Smith, a senior editor of
the Journal, said, "Prostitution is an
area where there has been a lot of
new theory from the academic side.
The symposium (served) as a
bridge between the academic side
and the practical side - judges and
lawyers who make decisions in the
Catharine MacKinnon, a U-M
law professor, focused on the issue
of prostitution as a violation of hu-
man and civil rights, presenting
several examples of discrimination
against women based on gender.
MacKinnon said sexual
discrimination occurs when male
police officers are sent out to arrest
female prostitutes.
"It is because women are the
profiteers. This is inacc-irate
because pimps are the ones who
make the money," she said. "In
looking at the deprivation of the
civil rights of prostitutes, it's not
what rights are violated - it's
which ones are not. Where do we
MacKinnon also discussed dif-
ferent methods of litigation regard-
ing prostitution.
MacKinnon suggested that
lawyers cite the 13th Amendment
by looking at prostitution as a form
of slavery. Traditionally, the equal
protection clause of the 14th
Amendment has been used as the
basis for the litigation of
MacKinnon said, "Prostitution
fits the definition of legal force and
physical force required for involun-
tary servitude... It is peonage. The

law aids pimps in keeping
prostitutes in involuntary
Other featured speakers included
Kathleen Barry, a professor of soci-
ology at Pennsylvania State
University, and Andrea Dworkin, a
women's rights activist and writer.
Barry talked about the oppression
of women by a "patriarchal society"
while Dworkin discussed the reali-
ties of prostitution through vivid
"Prostitution is the use of the
mouth, the vagina, and the rectum
penetrated usually by a penis,
sometimes by hands and sometimes
by an object, by a man, then
another, then another, then another,
then another," she said. "I want you
to feel the delicate tissues that are
being misused and to feel what it is
to happen over and over and over
and over and over again. That's
what prostitution is."
The Michigan Journal of Gender
and Law was established last year
by a group of eight first-year law
students interested in exploring the
methods by which feminist theory
can be applied to legal practice. The
Journal will attempt to provide
practitioners with the ability to
make feminist ideas heard in the
courtroom and legislature with the
same force as in the classroom.
Brian Wells, a senior editor of
the Journal, said, "I think (the
symposium) went well. Tons of
issues were discussed with
substantive exploration of ways to
end prostitution and practical
solutions being discussed such as
enforcement options and better
"The turnout was better than I
expected. All the events - even the
breakaway panels with less noted
speakers - were well attended.
The participants did not consist of
only law students but people of the
community, scholars from other
schools, and alumni," he added.


Shuttle's scientic mission
lands safely; NASA defends
decision to use pidoted flight

- Columbia swooped through a
clear sky and landed at NASA's
spaceport yesterday with six astro-
nauts who released a laser-reflecting
satellite and tested a robotic eye
during their 10-day journey.
"Beautiful ending to a great mis-
sion," Kevin Chilton, an astronaut
inside Mission Control, told the
The five U.S. astronauts and one
Canadian released the Laser
Geodynamics Satellite early in the
mission. Geologists hope to gauge
the slow drifting of continents with
the satellite to get a better
understanding of earthquakes.
Italy's space agency built the $4
million satellite and its $120 million

Kennedy Director Robert
Crippen took issue with critics who
blasted NASA for spending nearly a
half-billion dollars and risking six
lives to launch a satellite that could
have been lofted by an unpiloted
Crippen said there was no reason
not to use the shuttle since that had
been the plan all along.
Although the experiments that
were conducted during the flight
might be considered small by some,
they are important, Crippen said.
Many of the experiments, includ-
ing the robotic vision system, were
furnished by the Canadian Space

Continued from page 1
vened, my husband took his arm and
pushed me against a kitchen desk area,
and said if I did not stay away he would
beat the shit out of me.
"I reached for a wooden rolling pin
and reached down to pick up my son's
pants, at which point he stepped on my
left hand ... I hit him in the right shin
... At that point he hit me in the chest
and leftbreastwith his fistandknocked
the breath out of me ... I fell to the
'in 1981 and 1982,
during our divorce, I
filed a few complaints
for assault against
Mr. Nielsen with the
Sheriff's department.'
- Dona Mueller
Nielsen's ex-wife
floor," Mueller said in the statement.
Trudy Nielsen, a friend of Mueller
who is of no relation to the family, said
Nielsen frightened his three children
when he picked them up for weekend
visitation as part of a separation agree-
ment he had with his wife.
"I saw evidence that the children
were terrified of their father. It was
heartbreaking to see them screaming
and crying because they didn't want to*
go (with him)," she said.
According to Nadia Foley, a Bir-
mingham elementary school teacher
who taught one of Nielsen's children
and testified at the divorce trial, the
children were "emotionally abused"
by their father.
"in my opinion, the kids were emo-
tionally distraught at what was going
on," she said.
-DailyNewsEditorsAndrew Levy
and Bethany Robertson contributed to
this report.


He said Clinton's brand of eco-
nomics would produce a replica of
the Jimmy Carter years: "Interest
rates up at 21 percent, inflation at 15
... he would not be good for the
Perot sharply attacked Clinton
and Bush both in his 30-minute
commercial, set to run on ABC and
"Our children's futures are not in
the poultry industry," he said in a
reference to a major employer in
Clinton's state. "And they are not in
the worst education system in the 50
states, and on and on and on and

Continued from page 1
personal appearances with student
and alumni groups, Michigan voters
and newspaper editorial boards. He
has also distributed 20,000 pieces of
campaign literature around the state.
Laro has distributed 300,000 pieces
of campaign literature and run a
number of newspaper
Nevertheless McGowan said she
has run advertisements in various
newspapers, the Michigan Football
Guide and rented an airplane sign to
circle the U-M stadium during
football games.
"People do see those airplanes,"
McGowan said. "The number of
comments I've gotten about that is
incredible. People say, 'Oh yeah,
you're the one who flew around the

Continued from page 1
"You can't remove part of an
exhibit. That's censorship,"
Jacobsen said. "I have dealt with
censorship with this work time and
time again."
Jacobsen told a large crowd of
symposium attendees assembled for
a panel discussion that if the video
were removed she would disassem-
ble the entire exhibit. When she re-
ceived word of the Journal's deci-
sion she began to take the posters
from the wall.
The exhibit - first displayed at
an alternative museum in New'
York City and funded by the
National Endowment for the Arts
and Michigan Counsel for the Arts
- showed a documentary of
prostitute interviews, business cards
from London prostitutes, large pho-
tographs, and was carpeted with
"These people are launching a
new journal on gender and the
law," Jacobsen said of the Journal

members. "This is their first
experience with First Amendment
rights. If they're not willing to fight
censorship, what good is the
journal anyway?"
Kraemer said the decision to re-
move the film was a difficult one.
"I can't say that it's not censor-
ship," she said. "I can say there was
a reason we had to balance with it.
We did not take this decision
lightly. We did feel that the feelings
of these people took precedence."


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