Ellen Goodman's column ("Insult, Thinly Cloaked in 'Chivalry'," Commentary, Sept. 28) deserves a response. The intent, rather than the perception, of Sen. Strom Thurmond's greeting to the not-so- "lovely ladies" who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee prompted Sen. Alan Simpson's desire to clarify his colleague's statement. The panelists included leaders and spokespersons for women's rights and feminist organizations--women, in fact, who have little in common with, nor represent, the overwhelming majority of American females.
Our country was built and grew to greatness on a family value system. I believe in that system and I ask those panelists: "Are we (women) really better off now (since the liberation movement)?"