Running MenDoesn't it seem strange that men were running...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 11, 1994

Running Men

Doesn't it seem strange that men were running in the 5K Walk/Run for Women Only, a part of the Race for the Cure for breast cancer activities on Saturday, Oct. 1?

After last year's protests by men that men also be "allowed" to participate, race officials organized a second, separate 5K Walk/Run for women and men. And, a number of men and women did participate in that event.

So, who were those men running in what was clearly marked as a 5K Walk/Run for Women Only?

arcy R. Boroff

Baltimore

Feminism

It's interesting to observe men commenting on feminism. I suppose, after all these years, I should feel relieved to see men taking women's equality seriously.

Andy Rooney on "60 Minutes" was outraged by his trip to a magazine store where, confronted by a wall of Mademoiselle, Glamour, Self, etc., he warned women sharply that we need to take ourselves more seriously. He wasn't sure he wanted to work for a woman who read such things. Really? I suppose he's not bothered by the likelihood that for years he's worked for men who read Muscle, Car and Driver, Sports Illustrated, Hustler, Playboy . . . need I go on?

Tim Baker (Opinion * Commentary, Sept. 5) wants women to stop taking bras seriously or we don't deserve ''feminism."

Usha Nellore (letter, Sept. 24) says we can go ahead and keep the bras because (she implies) men and women alike are victims of such corrupted views of ourselves, and I guess both genders are to be forgiven.

Gentlemen and ladies, get a grip. Feminism has nothing to do with bras. Never did. I was there; I guess I was a feminist although I didn't use that word. I never burned a bra . . . was too busy raising three kids, working full-time, going to graduate school.

In my free time I read what I could. The Wall Street Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Gourmet, Glamour. I still do read them, all of them. I want the tips on make-up, the advice on how to make my skin look younger, on where to buy roller blades, on what's new in shoes for fall, to see if I'm getting enough iron, to find the best recipe for chocolate mousse.

I like this stuff. It's never occurred to me that I should keep this fact from men or women. I'm proud of my hobbies, and I'm proud of my children, my grandson, my husband, my Ph.D., my consulting firm, my cats, my garden and my shoe collection, not necessarily in that order.

We all need to let ourselves express our personalities, our femininity or masculinity, without worrying that our small and harmless personal preferences and hobbies will qualify us to be taken seriously in or out of the workplace.

Mary H. Fox

Baltimore

Third World's Here

Thank you for the Sept. 27 article by Walter Truett Anderson, ''The Population Missile.'' He concluded that our nation should ''get serious about narrowing the gap of wealth and opportunity that separates us from so much of the world.''

That morning, your paper had a front-page article about the labor dispute at London Fog Corporation. It seems the workers will now undergo layoffs, reduced wages and other harsh necessities.

I doubt if this is what Mr. Anderson meant by narrowing gaps of wealth and opportunity between the United States and poor countries. But the Third World may already be in our midst, whether in Baltimore, Eldersburg, Hancock or Williamsport.

Frank Kasper

Baltimore

Solvent Sea

Kal's cartoon Sept. 22 depicting Maryland as a boat sinking because of Ellen Sauerbrey's "cost cutting" was excellent.

The only thing he failed to identify was the body of water the boat was sinking into.

It should have been labeled "The Solvent Sea," a far cry from the "Red Sea" her opponent has in mind.

Robert J. Krehnbrink

Lutherville

Columbus Parade

It was with great interest I read James Bock's article Sept. 27 on Hispanics and the Columbus Day Parade.

Much of what is happening in America today is reflected in this short piece and I feel compelled to express my dismay that the significance of the discovery of a new world is lost in a debate that would have us revert to a 500-year-old mentality.

Victor Marino says that the Hispanic community was invited as guests to this country prior to 1492 and several other Europeans followed since 1492.

For him to arrogantly dismiss this as an Hispanic squabble fails to recognize that Hispanics are as much a part of this country as he and his family are and that a partnership exists not by invitation but by Americanization.

Having discovered America for Spain, Columbus proclaimed the continent as belonging to Spain; thus, for Mr. Marino to view Hispanics as guests to his party is ludicrous.

Lillian Laszlo completely misses the point in claiming that the hosts have a 104-year tradition and that Hispanics are simply guests who should behave as such and abide by the host's rules. This is tantamount to Native Americans celebrating the Fourth of July and proclaiming everyone else as simply guests.

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