Cheers for Farrah (PEOPLE, Oct. 8)! The role of Francine Hughes in The Burning Bed did not call for glamour but honest acting.
Violence against women has become commonplace on television. I wouldn’t tune in to see an animal kicked around for an hour. Farrah, why don’t you do something of value?
So Farrah Fawcett thinks the reason men beat their wives is due to the “confusion of roles today.” Does she seriously believe that wife-battering began in the last few years when large numbers of women began working outside the home? For generations men have been beating women for any reason and for no reason. To attribute this abuse to paycheck-bearing wives “demanding” equal say with their work-stressed husbands is beyond reason. Farrah, you may do a great job of acting, but you haven’t learned anything about the victims of violence—one of whom you portrayed.
Theresa J. Lippert
St. Paul, Minn.
Battering has existed for centuries. Quoting from Battered Wives by Del Martin: “In Europe during the Middle Ages, squires and noblemen beat their wives as regularly as they beat their serfs,” but, by the 18th century, the law had been modified to give the husband “the right to whip his wife, provided that he used a switch no bigger than his thumb.” We are all indebted to the women’s movement for bringing this inhumanity out of the closet and pressing for reform.
Stevens County Comm. for Battered Women
Farrah’s statement that “we have better shelters for animals than for women in this country” is not completely correct. Many shelters, such as the Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh (a facility that exists because the women who work there raised $1 million to build it), provide safe and comfortable environments for abused women. Everyone should contact the shelter nearest them to find out just what services are available and get a better grasp on issues surrounding violence in the home. Men should be aware that groups, such as Second Step in the Pittsburgh area, offer counseling for abusers if they want to break the cycle of violence.
Killing her husband didn’t make Fran-cine Hughes’ home safe. Not if she has to beat the tar out of one daughter and the other says she has been sexually molested. There is still a lot of violence going on there.
Stormie Dawn Jones
I really wish that you didn’t print the picture of Stormie Dawn Jones and her friend Latasha Stewart in the tub. I may be overreacting to this innocent nudity, but there seem to be so many perverts willing to abuse children that this photo makes me nervous. Let’s save bath-time photos for the family album.
John Cafferty and Beaver Brown
Congratulations to Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band for showing that fresh talent doesn’t necessarily mean young talent. It’s refreshing to see an “over 30” group climb from obscurity to the top of the charts.
Drexel Hill, Pa.
Queen Elizabeth is a lovely woman. My only complaint has been that her wardrobe detracts from her handsomeness. Mr. Amies states that he has always been a better tailor than a dressmaker. The Queen’s wardrobe is proof that he should stick to tailoring and leave dressmaking to those who know how.
Judith C. Stratton
Picks & Pans
In your review of The Bride: a Celebration, you quoted extensively from a letter written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh following her wedding to Charles in 1929. But her husband was never “Con” to her. She always referred to him as “Charles” or “C.” Her younger sister, Constance, was called “Con.”
Not only is she beautiful and bright, but she has more courage, strength and persistence than most of the supposedly “able” people I know. Her mettle makes me frustrated with all the people free of disabilities who use the words “I can’t.”
Jill Debra Willinger
New York City
I find it appalling that John Glading, director of the N.Y.C. Public School Athletic League, thinks a broken neck from high school football is “part of the game.” When the glory of the sport transcends the welfare of its participants, it is time to reevaluate priorities. A bouquet of roses to Coach Walsh; an armload of poison ivy to Mr. Glading.
David Copeland, M.D.
I applaud Jim Walsh’s courage in forfeiting his team’s game to a larger, tougher team. If Superintendent Mastruzzi had joined me at work last week at my hospital, where I am a nurse, he could have witnessed the death of a 17-year-old with a football injury that’s “part of the game.” If that had been his son, perhaps he would not have been so quick to suspend Walsh.
Parents: Support Jim Walsh. He deserves the same consideration and compassion that he has exhibited toward your children.
Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Coach Walsh has been reinstated at George Washington High School and the football season is continuing with a modified schedule.—ED.