Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 15, 1980, Section A, Page 4, Image 4

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yours
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I am writing to correct a mis
statement in NancyAnn Lof
gren’s article in a recent Emer
ald. I do so with some reluc
tance since I have always ad
mired the quality cind accuracy
of her writing.
She described me as
saying,‘‘This University can’t
afford to hire scholars to teach
freshman classes.” But the
remark in question was
specifically directed only to the
teaching of Freshman English
Composition I did indeed in
dicate that the magnitude of the
composition teaching program
was so enormous that we could
not possibly staff it entirely with
full time scholars, i.e professors
of English. The instructors, the
GTFs and the part-time people
who do the bulk of the compos
tion teaching are well-trained
and the overall quality of the
instruction is very high.
In general in the University
some of our best and most dis
tinguished professors and re
searchers do teach freshman
courses. It is important that they
do so and we strongly encour
age this kind of underclass
teaching participation by our
leading scholars.
Paul Olum
provost
Lovelace lost
Regarding your Thursday,
April 24 article on the showing
of Deep Throat on campus:
we'd like to help other students
and faculty to meet Linda
‘‘Lovelace” by suggesting that
they borrow, buy, or look up the
May issue of Ms. Magazine. In
an interview with Gloria Stein
em, Linda Boreman Marchiano
describes her life as a “star” in
the porno industry: as a young
prostitute coerced into per
forming in skin flicks by one
Chuck Traynor, a wealthy porn
film agent who now “manages”
Marilyn Chambers. In her au
tobiography, Ordeal, Linda
contends that she performed
each time under threats of
violence and deprivation. She
describes lifelong internal injur
ies and pain from severe and
frequent beatings and rapes
during the over two years that
she was in Traynor's keeping as
his wife and biggest "star.” She
describes months of guarded
isolation, enforced prostitution
to Traynor’s friends and clients;
she made several interviews
with responses prepared for the
press by her ever-watchful hus
band before she managed to
escape. She has seen virtually
none of the profits from her
films; she now lives on welfare
with her present husband and
children.
It seems to us that there are
many more questions to be
answered, perhaps in the book
Ordeal and other autobiogra
phies of women in “the life.” We
had assumed, until reading the
interview, that Linda
“Lovelace” was a happy-go
lucky, rich porn queen. The
widespread fame and accep
tance of her films made (and
makes) many women wonder
why we don’t cheerfully risk
choking, pain, and other injury
to please our men. But the con
trast between the Marchano in
terview and the “enlightened”
festivity of the Deep Throat
crowd which your article cele
brates shakes us badly. How
many other cases of sexual
slavery are we all ignorantly
accepting?
We wonder how much com
mercial pornography is
produced by coercion of its
performers, particularly women.
How much of this violence are
we knowingly or unknowingly
supporting through purchase of
books, magazines, movie
tickets? Even more than this, we
wonder if the average college
educated person discerns the
difference between porno
graphy and erotica?
We live with the widespread
marketing and consumption of
fast food-mentality sex as it is
cultivated and harvested by big
businesses. Pornography and
mainstream publications such
as Playboy and Playgirl com
prise a billion-dollar industry
which thrives on one main as
sumption: that most people
have so little sense of self and
so little genuine courage and
curiosity that they cannot
define, create, or trust their own
senses of erotica; that they can
be spoon fed a common for
mula. For one to five dollars,
usually.
Pornography is graphic pre
sentation for sexual arousal by
the use of violence, injury, death
and/or degradation of its par
ticipants, chiefly women and
children. Erotica causes injury
to no one; it is born of the
imagination of everyone; it also
can be found in books, films, art
and music, and inspires sexual
expressions with joy, abandon,
trust and pride.
Again: as consumers, which
kind of arousal are we buying?
Eight years ago, we bought Lin
da Lovelace’s act.
We don’t buy it anymore.
Joanne Ellis
B.F.A. candidate
Suzan Stern
junior, political science
Ample reason
There appears to be some
thing wrong witfi David Jen
ning’s campaign for Eugene Ci
ty Council. Jennings has been
advertising his policy position
as for environmental issues and
against development, yet this
same candidate has been
heavily associated with pro
development interest in prior
political activites in Lane Coun
ty, notably as campaign man
ager for the Tax Assessor. Is
Jennings a wolf in sheep’s
clothing or simply inconsistent?
Either way, this deception or
inconsistency provides me with
ample reason to support Mark
Lindberg for the Eugene City
Council.
Larry Jones
Assistant Professor
Wallace School, CSPA
Lack stand
Today’s Emerald (April 28)
carried an advertisement for
Mel Jackson, candidate for
County Commissioner from the
South Eugene district. The ad
vertisement made reference to
Jackson’s role in the Willamette
River cleanup, to the building of
a trail up Spencer’s Butte, and
to some kind of help in estab
lishing the Willamette Greenway
— all by way of suggesting that
he is (thus) equipped to be a
county commissioner. Unfor
tunately, his public statements
to date have no more effectively
indicated why I should even
consider him for the position of
commissioner. Ever more un
fortunately, a lot of University
people (who should be much
more critical) are backing Jack
son. Maybe they know some
thing Jackson has not yet
shared publically?
Where aoes Jackson stand
on the critical issues of land use
planning? According to what
criteria would he develop his
stand on budgetary issues?
These are the issues he should
be speaking to, rather than
promising to be a “nice guy."
And until Jackson promises to
do more than just get along with
the other commissioner (see his
campaign advertisements in the
Eugene Register-Gaurd), I’d
advise critical voters to stick
with Jerry Rust.
Esther Jacobson-Leong,
associate professor art history
Not buying
An ad in the Apr. 28th Emer
ald warned,“John Anderson is
pro-nuke and anti-labor. Don’t
be fooled.” Researching An
derson’s voting record and po
sition on these issues, I found
some interesting results.
Anderson does not rule out
nuclear energy as an option in
the future. However, he ad
vocates a halt in further con
struction of nuclear power
plants until safe methods for
management of nuclear waste
are found. Anderson voted for
the Solar Loan Program, creat
ing a $75 million solar renewa
ble energy resources, and en
ergy conservation loan program
and for a bill accelerating
federal research into solar en
ergy.
Admittedly, some of Ander
son’s voting record may be per
ceived as being anti-labor. He
voted against an increase in the
minimum wage. However, his
reasoning is pro-labor. An in
crease in minimum wage, he
feels, will decrease the number
of jobs offered because busin
esses will be forced tp pay these
higher wages. Anderson did not
vote on the Humphrey-Hawkins
Full Employment Bill, promoting
full employment, balanced
growth, and price stability, but a
Congressional Quarterly poll
reveals that he favored it.
My point here is not to en
dorse Anderson. My point is to
warn voters of such irresponsi
ble, misleading appeals to
voters as the ad paid for by Lane
County Young Democrats. Take
time to find out the candidates’
positions on the issues. Don’t
be fooled.
Jens Schmidt
junior, political science
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