SEX IN THE NEWS (Sep, 1965)


Just as Alcides Zelada Saldana of Lima, Peru, was about to be joined in marriage to his betrothed Teresa Romero Garcia, his wife walked down the aisle leading her 5 children.

Mrs. Saldana screamed, “That’s my husband,” the bride-to-be fainted, and Mr. Saldana fled, pursued by Miss Garcia’s 5 brothers.

“He left the house early this morning,” the Reuters despatch quoted the first—and only—Mrs. Saldana, “saying he was going to work.”

Young Algerians are protesting with increasing vigor the practice of forced marriage, traditional in Moslem countries and in other Middle Eastern and Asian nations. In such traditional marriages the parents arrange the marriage without consulting the young people. Algerian girls in particular oppose and resent this practice. They object to loveless marriages and they feel that such marriages are an example of the inequality of women with men.

In one dramatic case reported by Reuters, a girl named Nadia refused marriage when she was 14. Her parents beat her. A year later she refused again, and again was beaten. At 18 her family tried again, and she wrote to an Algiers radio program “Let the Young Speak.”

“What shall I do?” she wrote. “I feel like killing myself.” Her appeal was broadcast, and public pressure by militant young Algerians forced the parents to give in.

According to the report, 175 girls in the city of Algiers alone attempted suicide in 1964 because their parents were forcing them into unwanted marriages. An unknown number of other young women succeeded.

The American Medical Association (finally) has decided to send information on human reproduction and birth control to the country’s physicians. This is part of the organization’s new program to inform doctors more fully on the subject.

Dr. Raymond T. Holden, chairman of the A.M.A.’s reproduction committee, said that the program is for doctors only. “The A.M.A.,” he said, “has no plan to begin a program of sex or birth control education for the lay public.” The action is the first taken by the association on birth control since 1938.

A Swedish version of Little Red Riding Hood in which the little girl and her grandmother are alcoholics, and are seduced by the wolf, has stirred up controversy in the Swedish Justice Department.

As reported in the New York Daily News, two university professors have demanded confiscation of the erotic version of the old nursery tale.

The labor movement has launched a campaign against the use of lie detectors by employers. Giving lie detector tests to job-seekers or suspected workers, said the AFL-CIO, infringes “on the fundamental rights of American citizens to personal privacy.”

The AFL-CIO reported that government and private employers have been using lie detectors to ask questions about a person’s political beliefs and sexual activities, among other matters.

1 comment
  1. Hirudinea says: November 29, 20122:04 pm

    Reminds me of the old joke, “What’s bigamy? One wife to many. What’s monogamy? Same thing.”

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