Sunday Pictorial September 6th 1942

rAGE 4 SUNDAY PICTORIAL, Sept. 8,1943. -,.i-------------------—.......... there’s room for you in the ever-growing RAF volunteer now Many younger men already in the Service doing important ground jobs must be released urgently for even more active work.Men of 42-50 ...YOU can take their places. In some trades volunteers can now be accepted up to 55. toGo the R.A.F. Section of the nearest Combined Recruit­ing Centre (address from any Employment Exchange) or post coupon today (unsealed envelope, id .stamp), for further details. GROUND TRADES AVAILABLE Experience »CLERKS EQUIPMENT ASSISTANTS A1RCRAFTHANDS FLIGHT MECHANICS ARMOURERS SHOEMAKERS COOKS ,MEDICAL ORDERLIES A*es 42-45(42-501 ADDRESS for men with St. John Ambulance, ¦Red Cross or .C.RA.M training). ITo Air Ministry Information Bureau, Kings way, London, W.C.2. Please send |me information regarding R.A.F. trades j for men 42-50. L rAges| 42-50| j NAME .....................................................................Experience required ACCOUNTING CLERKS BARBERS DRIVERS (MOTORTRANSPORT) Need not hold driving licence. MOTOR TRANSPORT MECHANICS 11111 Ages I 42-50 j I I G21/6/9x Mother! Constipated Child need* ‘California Syrup of Figs’ Hurry Mother! A teaspoonful of ‘California Syrup of Figs ’brand laxative now will sweeten the stomach and thoroughly clean the little bowels and in a few hours you have a well, play­ful child again. Even if cross, feverish, bilious, constipated or full of cold, children love the pleasant taste of this gentle, harmless laxative. It never gripes or overacts. Ask your chemist for ‘Cali­fornia Syrup of Figs,' which has full directions for babies and children of all ages. Mother, be sure to ask for "CALIFORNIA Syrup of Figs." /////////////////////////A ANADIN and the War effort The health ol those engaged on work of national importance is the immediate concern of those responsible for output. Empty places on the factory benches must be reduced to a minimum. For this reason• ANADIN 'Is made available where distress is caused through lon$ hours of work under trying conditions.* ANADIN ’gives prompt and lasting relief from pain due to headaches, and is an Invalu­able sedative in cases of ner­vous tension. It may betaken incomplete confidence that It will not affect the heart or cause depressing after-effects AN ADI N FOR THE RELIEF OF PAIN 1/5&2/10 (Inc. Tax) I I I nil !COMRADES !PO R some strange reason ¦that I certainly cannot under­stand, the report to a Govern­ment Committee presented to the nation a few days ago on conditions In the women’s ser­vices is supposed to have been “startling" and “revolutionary.” Now I was a member of the com­mittee and I must confess that n o th­in gin our report surprised me. But then I happen to have spent long years working in the cause of women and trying to prove to the men of this country th a tour sex has a place in the world that is noway inferior to theirs. I knew that was true years ago, but it has needed the war to make it plain beyond any further argument. For the war, in fact, has been responsible for a change in sex relations that would have taken fifty years to effect in peacetime. Not only in regard to the matters we discussed in our report, because our terms of reference made it impossible for us togo further than an investigation of the welfare of the women in uniform. But that was o n lj the starting point. Because I found, in the course of our travels, something much more significant and revolutionary than any disclosures about morality and drinking habits. I found that not only have men finally come to accept women as equals, but even to acknowledge them quite often as superiors. And having discovered that, the men, far from loathing these intelligent and capable women, actually fall in love with them—and marry them. Notv that is sex equality with a ven­geance, and I believe it is one of the most hopeful signs of our times. Let us look back to pre-war days to appreciate how remarkable that change is “Mere Girl” whether hebe her father or her husband. Women are trained from childhood to be guided by the “man of the house.” But now they find themselves sent away by the Government to a strange place— to meet strange people and absorb what, to them, are strange ideas. According to the views of certain people on what constitutes an attractive woman, we should expect the marriage rate in the Services to below. We have always been told by those who profess to understand these things that men are not attracted to women who do not accentuate their feminize charmIn matters of dress. They say that a man likes his woman to be¦^¦ '“-wient." “clinging,” and in agreement with him on most questions. Now the girl in You read a few days ago the report of the Government Committee that enquired into the wel­fare of our Service girls .It was a frank and revealing document, but it touched only one side of Service life .Here another and even more striking discovery is disclosed by a member of the Committee— DR. EDITH SUMMERSKILL, M.P. But again according to the novelists who revel in giving intimate accounts of the psychological reactions of the sexes, these specially clever women should be anathema to their less gifted men col­leagues. Because the dominant males would feel that their “prestige ”had suf­fered But what are the facts ?Simply this— that the novelists and those who claim to have special knowledge of the ways of men and women have all been proved wrong. The marriage rate in the women’s services’ is very high indeed. A woman in uniform with the old sol­dier’s courage, an independent viewpoint and a quick brain does not appear to repel the opposite sex. The reverse in fact, is the case. ?4-? V y H Y is this ?Why have all our pre­conceived notions of the perfect woman changed during wartime. The reason is fairly simple. The cling­ing, dependent girl of the past was por­trayed by fiction writers- "Who were them-"selves men. They generally found that this pretty, but quite unreal, picture was calculated to sell their books. And the films have not helped women in this re­spect. t tOdd Myth aPT girl knew that she had the capacity to tackle a technical lob before the war, nobody took her seriously. She was “only a girl ”to her male rela­ tions—and, of course, not really able to ado man’s job. Small wonder that the pre-war woman was getting a little restless. She wanted the right of self-expression in industry and the professions anon equality with men. War came and the Government did not ask the men to express an opinion. The women were needed by the coun­try and so the girls were directed Into jobs to which they were most suited. If the fathers, brothers or sweethearts of these girls had been asked in peace­time whether they would approve of Mary or Anne leaving home and taking a ilace on the gun-site thefe would have ieen a storm of protest. But they weren’t asked. Total war demanded the mobilisation of the whole country irrespective of sex and so the girls went- Yet far from resenting it, the fathers, brothers, and sweethearts of Mary and Anne areas proud of them now they are in khaki or blue as any of their male relations in uniform. THIS change is revolutionary, because you will find that some man nearly always determines a woman’s life the Services is not at all like this de­lightful image. She is dressed in a well- cut tunic and skirt, and wears shirts and collsfcs. On duty she is very often to be seen in slacks, and on the parade ground at a distance can scarcely be distinguished from her male comrades. She is certainly not“ clingjng,” 01 dependent’’—and is far from being a yes-woman. She takes an active part in debates on current affairs, and can ex­press herself fluently if she is sufficiently interested in a subject. The intelligence tests reveal that in the ranks of the women there are those with first-class brains, and they are sent to undertake important and skilled work- assisted very often by men who have not attained the same high standard in the test. So this war has forced us to face up to the fact—which most women knew long ago— ^hat sex does not determine an in- riixriHiiQl’p onHtnHo fnr n inh In fact, it took the blitz to dispose finally of the curious myth that women were timid, fearful creatures, entirely devoid of any of the qualities which are found in a good soldier. In the clean open-air life of the Army, where men and women work side by side as comrades, sharing camp life and fac­ing the same hardships and dangers, there is no place for these artificial ideas of womanhood. A man finds himself working beside a girl dressed in workmanlike clothes, talk­ing commonsense and using a brain which operates exactly like his own. He develops an interest and respect for this new comrade. A respect that ripens into love. And this love has outgrown of a healthy companionship in which troubles and joys have been shared and difficulties overcome. I believe that marriage following a friendship of this kind, which has been tested under adverse conditions, will prove as successful as any peacetime union resulting from along courtship in comfortable surroundings where the' young couple only meet in their leisure hours. THE myth that men do not like women with brains has been exploded- In wartime only a person with avery small mind fails to admire the skilled work of the women in the Forces. Nature, in her wisdom, elects to make men and women with temperaments and characters which are unalike attractive to each other. The quick, energetic temperamental manor woman is generally charmed by the placid, quiet, easily adaptable In­dividual of the opposite sex. The same mysterious attraction often exists between those who are not of .,..,the.... same intellectual level. And, given the dividual aptitudes for a certain job. healthy environment of the life in the Commonsense demands at this critical Services—without any insidious sugges- stage in our nation’s history that the *)ram? woman is unfitted for round peg should be directed to the Process of round hole, and that women’s enemies, prejudice and tradition, should be finally overthrown. To put it bluntly—if a wotnan has a quick, receptive brain, capable of doing highly technical work, she should be chosen before a man who is not mentally her equal. And the man must be given work which he is fitted to undertake. mutual attraction operating. This war has been the means of proving that a .healthy companionship between the sexes leads to mutual respect and understanding. E q............... estafa ing, the highest endeavour and must be main­tained in the post-war world.
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