Box 21 Folder 12
This folder holds newspaper clippings and letters to the City Council from Jacksonville NOW about Councilmember Gifford Grange's proposed resolution to ban feminine hygiene ads on TV to "try and prevent the morals of this country from further erosion".
The resolution first states its intent, then calls for television media companies to prohibit commercials in Section 1. Section 2 explains that all objections from citizens should be sent to the President, Congress, the FCC, and national broadcast companies. Section 3 explains that copies of the resolution should be sent to a large number of recipients. Section 4 explains that the resolution will be made effective when signed by the Mayor of Jacksonville.
The resolution, if enacted, would be both unenforceable by the city and ruled unconstitutional if challenged in court. The scope needed to enforce the resolution can only be met by the FCC or other federal regulatory bodies and is exceedingly broad. The city government does not have the time, money, or manpower to regulate national television broadcasts.
After the technicalities of the resolution are addressed, this resolution seems to be either a political move by Gifford Grange to appease his conservative political base or a personal conviction held by Grange himself. In either motive, the resolution defines feminine hygiene products as something repulsive or vulgar.
To protest both the connotation and the resolution, members from the local NOW chapter wrote letters to the Jacksonville CIty Council and to local newspapers expressing their disgust. Genece Minshew writes to Grange, "A woman's natural and normal bodily cycles are in no way pornographic nor the products used by women some kind of sick erotic turn-on."
By November 1979, the resolution was withdrawn from the City Council subcommittees and was not pursued by Grange after that time.
- Document 1 - Letter dated November 1979 from Genece Minshew to city council member Gifford Grange against a bill banning advertisements for feminine hygiene products.
- Document 2 - Letter dated November 1979 from Genece Minshew against a Jacksonville city council resolution manning television ads for feminine hygiene products.
- Document 3 - Letter to the editor of the Jacksonville Times-Union from Genece Minshew dated November 1979 about Jacksonville City Council's proposal to ban feminine hygiene product ads from local television.
- Document 4 - Full text of the Jacksonville City Council resolution to ban commercials about feminine hygiene products. Dated 1979.
- Document 5 - Letter dated November 1979 from Nancie Crabb, a city councilwoman, to Genece Minshew responding to her letter about the resolution to ban advertising for feminine hygiene products.
- Document 6 - Two newspaper clippings dated 1979 about the Jacksonville City Council resolution to ban feminine hygiene ads.
- "A Guide to the Records of the Florida National Organization for Women." George A. Smathers University. https://web.archive.org/web/20140621031527/http://www.library.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge/FLNOW.htm Retrieved 21 Jun. 2014.
- Box 21 Folder 12 Document 4 p. 1
- Box 21 Folder 12 Document 4
- Box 21 Folder 12 Document 1 p. 1
- Box 21 Folder 12 Document 6 p. 3