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YouSaid August 2012

Yeah, Title IX!
Well, you scooped the big boys again! Early in June I picked up extra copies of the Women's Press with its cover highlighting "40 Years of Title IX" and inside several informative and exciting articles on the history and effect of Title IX.

I passed the magazine around, mailed copies to my grandchildren and others, and carried on conversations with anyone and everyone. I was on a crusade!

On Sunday, June 24, the St. Paul Pioneer Press devoted the front page of the sports section to Title IX with more articles and pictures inside. It was great too, but the Minnesota Women's Press is always ahead of the game, thanks to you all!
Carol Schuldt, South St. Paul

No porn hotels
On the contrary Ms. Lindsley, [YouSaid, MWP, July 2012] pornography is another "rung" on the cage that isolates, and contributes to violence against women. As a former victim of violence and then facilitator for battered women groups: It is easier to hit, abuse or hurt a B-tch or C-nt. [sic] Pornography helps create the environment and culture that reduces women to sexual objects instead of whole human beings-and porn is only one thing among a multitude of things in a patriarchal culture that does so.

I disagree with your statement, "getting rid of pornography will not help children." In fact, boys are bombarded with images and culture that sexualize girls and girls learn very early that their most important job is to be hot and to be sexual beings for others.

Sadly, I don't think porn will disappear, we are just not that evolved yet.
Susan Forever Moore, St. Paul

Message from the deep
Mary Cowette's sharing about her beautiful and unique colored glass bottles struck a chord with me. [YourThoughts, MWP, July, 2012] One of my treasures is a deep blue bottle, embossed with decorative patterns of fruit and grain, that I found two years ago, washed up on the shore of Lake Michigan. Wrapped carefully inside was a message-not a passionate tale of unrequited love as I had hoped for, but rather, information about the Great Lakes, and Lake Michigan in particular, which provides drinking water to 10 million people. The writer of the message pointed out our need to protect our waters from invasive species and pollution, and then encouraged whoever found the message to pass along the knowledge of the importance of the Great Lakes, which contain 20 percent of the world's fresh water supply. The message was still a love letter of sorts, an impassioned plea to care for the Earth and all her resources, and I do my best to pass along the writer's intentions.
Lisa Wersal, Vadnais Heights, Minn.


Fan mail
I picked up the July magazine at Dunn Bros. in Plymouth and read it cover to cover. I want to acknowledge your first-rate magazine, first-rate writing and editing, and a genuine, grassroots optimism that comes through in every story.

I've been involved in consumer magazine publishing for a long time. I respect how much work goes into "getting it right." I think you've got it right! And, being an old ad sales guy, I know how hard-fought those ads can be, how tight the print budgets, how important you are to the advertisers and vice versa.

Keep up the good work and keep MWP coming to my wife and me. Enclosed is our subscription check. Thanks!
Seth Hoyt, Long Lake, Minn.

We don't always get it right. Last month in the story about the new Minnesota African American Museum we reported that the first woman professional baseball player, Toni Stone, was from Minneapolis and a graduate of Roosevelt High School. A longtime MWP reader and Minnesota women's history expert called to set us straight. Stone did not graduate from Roosevelt High School. She grew up in St. Paul, playing baseball on this capital city's playgrounds.

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