updated 07/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
What a cover shot of Christopher Reeve (PEOPLE, July 6)! I never dreamed standing in a checkout line could be such a turn-on.
If I read one more example in PEOPLE of so-called celebrities who cohabit, have a baby and think that marriage is only "something written down on paper," I will lose my lunch! Young people reading this distorted view of the real world actually believe they can emulate their idols—only to find that when you are young and poor, a child out of wedlock is not a doll but a human being whose welfare is in unready, unsure hands.
Virginia A. Noceti
I couldn't help but chuckle cynically while reading of the misguided compassion of Gae Exton in regard to "hardworking" Christopher Reeve, the father of her child, who split immediately after the child's birth. What could be harder work than carrying a child for nine months, giving birth and then caring for it? And when better for a man to be with the mother of his child than when she is suffering from "after-birth blues"? Reeve may be a super guy in Exton's estimation, but I'll take my husband over him any day.
I grant you that Christopher Reeve loves Gae Exton. But I wish, as does his mother, that they would marry.
Mortons Gap, Ky.
As a single, unwed mother of two children, I was offended by Gae Exton's casually tossed-off comment, "One illegitimate child is fine, but two is, well, tacky." While the circumstances surrounding my children's arrivals were not ideal, I find nothing "tacky" in our living arrangements. My second child brought as much joy as my first. How fortunate for Gae Exton to enjoy unwedded motherhood with an au pair girl to help. How unfortunate for her son that her negative attitude on illegitimacy shows.
Because of the drive of Charles Modica, my husband has been able to pursue and fulfill his dreams. I think he and you deserve much gratitude—Modica for supplying a top-notch medical school, and PEOPLE for daring to tell of its success, even if the AAMC and AMA get upset.
I must speak out. Voice coach Judy Davis' reference to Aretha Franklin as a "stylist" with a "modest voice" is tantamount to calling Mount Everest an anthill. My comparison may be oversimplified, but so is her opinion.
I have to differ with Colette Dowling's views on the way female children are raised. My parents were divorced when I was only a year old, and my mother raised three children on her own. She never once led me to believe that someday Prince Charming was going to rescue me from the drudgery of womanhood. She encouraged my fight for independence and let me make the decisions affecting my future on my own. Perhaps Dowling should talk to the women of my age group (early 20s) before she starts generalizing. Maybe women were raised "her way" 20 years ago—but times are a-changin', and for the better.
I would like to thank Colette Dowling for giving me the opportunity to identify my neuroses. And to think I've been paying a therapist to help me conform to this disease of the female population, rather than investing my emotional energy to fight it. I'm rushing right out to buy the book.
Rev. Donald Wildmon
I can only wonder why the Reverend Donald Wildmon feels that he is the one to decide what is morally right and morally offensive on TV. Who does he think he is—God?
As a mother of two, I object to the type of campaign Rev. Donald Wildmon advocates. The TV is not a baby-sitter, nor the nucleus around which a family should operate. The channel selector and the on-off knob exist to avoid "morally offensive" shows. Although I have an obligation to choose what I and my children will view, I do not have that obligation for others. If this group succeeds in its objections to such things as the rape scene on Little House, will it not be difficult for children (and adults) to deal with this kind of brutality should it come into their life personally or that of a friend? Seeing life as it is helps all of us deal more effectively with it.
The use of force (legal, economic, psychological) to propagate religious and intellectual conformity is a gross infringement of the rights of others whose beliefs and taste differ. It does harm in the name of doing good. We feel that Donald Wildmon's methods are not only un-American, but also unchristian.
Nina and John Willis
Many people who are neither New Right nor churchgoers support Reverend Wildmon. He has said a boycott is the last resort. Judging by PEOPLE'S biased story and the ignorant, closed-minded people you quote who oppose him, I'd say we've almost reached that last resort. Coalition for Better Television represents Americans who want decency and fairness.
I can't wait for the boycott list to come out so I can buy two of everything on it.
Clair F. Snyder
Late last month Reverend Wildmon called off his threatened action, explaining that because advertisers had promised to "clean up" TV, the boycott was no longer necessary.—ED.