"It would depend on what I got to watch. Am I allowed
to channel surf? Seriously, TV's portrayal of women is such a mixed bag.
There are strong women there, but they are pretty and sexy before they
are smart and capable. I would be left feeling fat, stupid, lazy, and
with a horrible sense of style."
--Jessie Daniel, 38, a realtor from Glouster
"More likely. I'm 60 and I stood up for myself more
than my mother did. I can only assume that young women now are following
--Debbie Williams, 60, a paralegal from Millfield
"A lot of girls I know are more concerned with
appearance rather than intelligence, and it scares me. Even when I was
growing up admittedly not that long ago and not long enough to cover the
scope of the past three decades it seemed that girls would try to dumb
themselves down in order to appear cooler or to become more socially
accepted. Give me brains over beauty any day of the week, thanks."
--Caitlin Seida, 21, a freelance writer from Nelsonville
"Since my husband and pets are not things, I will
assume they are already safe and now I have to grab three objects. 1) my
computer, 2) illustrations I am working on for a children's book, 3)
the photo album of my children growing up."
--Janice Phelps Williams, 54, a publisher, writer, illustrator from Athens
"Men vary, just like women. Some are chauvinists or
are proud of ignoring women, while others are not. I am glad to have men
friends who generally treat women, including me, well (i.e. like
sisters and rational human beings). I personally despise the "beefcake"
of grossly over-muscled men. I also think shaved heads, buzz cuts or
mohawks are bad-looking. Men (or women) who glorify violence and
speeding are gross. Too many films have featured (Clint Eastwood in the
1970s was a prime example) victimizing of men by other men and bad
women. Then the victim is shown as 'justified' in exacting violent
--Lois D. Whealey, 78, a citizen activist/independent humanities scholar from Athens
"In what ways do you believe that being a
women has impacted you negatively/positively? If you could give other
women one piece of advice, what would it be?"
--Erin Hyman, 28, an office manager/delivery driver from Athens