38 / CHRONICLESnhis client was merely defending himselfnagainst what he perceived, rightlynor wrongly, as a sexual advance. Afternall, Erickson was a grown man whosenproclivities were well-known; Westcottnwas just an innocent, frightened youngnboy, and state law does permit the usenof force in defending against sexualncontact.nErickson denied that he had gazednat Westcott and brought in a femalenfriend to corroborate that teshmony.nHe said that if he had in factn”touched” Westcott’s shoulder, it wasninadvertent.nThe city judge charged that Westcottnshowed “a gross deviation fromnacceptable conduct” when he molestednErickson’s face, and found himnguilty of simple assault. Shaun Ericksonnwas pleased: “There’s a lot of gaynviolence in this country and it’s gettingnworse, especially since the problemnwith AIDS. People need to learn morenabout AIDS and be a little more understanding.”nIt’s not known whethernScott Westcott was worried aboutncatching AIDS from Erickson or simplyndidn’t want to be the butt of anynjokes.nBefore the altercation, Erickson testified,nhe had often been abused verbally.n”I hope now they’ll just leavenme alone,” he said after the decision,nindicating that he had no plans toncurtail any of his activities, literary,noratorical, or otherwise.nScott Westcott appealed the case toncounty court, where, to almost every­nBOOKS IN BRIEFnone’s surprise, a jury recently reversednthe municipal judge’s decision andnfound him not guilty of assaultingnErickson. The headline read, “Jurors:nIt’s OK To Beat Up Gay.” ShaunnErickson is upset, in no small partnbecause the ruling cannot be appealed.n]ane Greer edits Plains Poetry Journalnand owns 20 hours ofCary Grantnmovies.nLetter From thenSouthwestnby Odie FaulknAcademe, n. An Ancient schoolnwhere moiaUty and philosophy werentaught.nAcademy, n. (from academe). Anmodern school where football isntaught.n—Ambrose Bierce,nThe Devil’s Dictionary (1906)nIn the spring a young man’s fancynturns lightly to thoughts of love. Whatnhappens in the rest of the year isnuncertain, but in the southwesternnpart of the United States that youngnman’s fancy, in the first chill of autumn,nturns to thoughts of football. BynOctober this year, the madness songripped the region that tickets to thenWindow on the Future: The Pro-Life Year in Review, 1986; edited by Dave Andrusko, withnan introduction by Ronald Reagan, Washington, DC: The National Right to LifenCommittee; $2.95. A heartening summary of the efforts in 1986 of those seeking to stop thenslaughter of the unborn. The evil wrought by seven old men in Roe v. Wade still means deathnfor over a million unborn children annually, but grass-roots antiabortion forces continue tongain strength and political clout.nSecret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women by Diana E.H. Russell, New York:nBasic Books; $24.95. The feminist author oiRape in Marriage continues her indictment ofnthe male sex with a misleading study of “incestuous abuse,” which blurs the boundarynbetween actual incest {very rare) and other types of questionable sexual behavior betweennrelatives (appreciably more common, especially between nieces and uncles). The onlynreliable conclusion is Russell’s finding that sex abuse of children is far more common amongnstepfathers than among biological fathers. So where does casual divorce and remarriage leavenyoung girls?nThe Moral Life of Children and The Political Life of Children by Robert Coles, Boston:nAtlantic Monthly; $19.95 each volume. Engaging analyses by a leading child psychologist ofnthe emerging political and ethical views that children around the world express in theirndrawings and conversations. Particularly interesting is Dr. Cole’s reports on the indoctrinationnof Nicaraguan children and the moral stoicism of young Brazilians.nnnannual clash between Texas and Oklahomanin the Cotton Bowl were beingnscalped for $200 for end-zone seatsnand $800 for seats on the 50-yardnline—this despite widespread recognitionnthat the University of Texas’ teamnwas going to take a severe drubbing.nThis mania is not confined to collegensports. Boys at the tender age ofneight and nine are encouraged by theirnfellows and their fathers to join innorganized athletics. No youngster escapesnthe pressure. In the summernthere is recreational league competition,nand in the fall they can representntheir elementary school in interscholasticngames. Recent elementarynschoolboys have been deliberately repeatingnthe fifth or sixth grade to increasentheir chances of making a teamnin junior and senior high.nEat, unathletic boys are made to feelnthey are second-class citizens —nfailures for life even before they reachnpuberty—if they do not make a team.nSecond-rate athletes virtually killnthemselves trying to excel, while thennatural talents or those who developnmediocre talents through long hours ofnhard work become kings in their society.nAnd it is drilled into them from thendays of peewee football that the onlyntrue glory is in victory. Oft-quoted tonthem is the wisdom of that great coachnwho said that winning may not beneverything, but it certainly beats anythingnconnected with coming in second.nTwenty-five years ago the AssociatednPress’ sportswriter for the SouthwestnConference wrote a book about highnschool football in Texas, Autumn’snMightiest Legions. In the small-townnSouthwest, Friday nights are reservednfor watching the local team battie itnout with the gladiators from somenneighboring city. The spectators get sonoverwrought that fights — and evennkillings—have been known to occur.nAfter the game, participants andnspectators relive the spectacle from latenFriday night until Tuesday of the nextnweek. There is not a man—or womann— who cannot Monday-Morning-nQuarterback the team to a better performance.nThen from Tuesday to Fridaynafternoon the coming game servesnas a topic of conversation. The abilitynto discuss local football prospects intelligentlynis instant cachet in male socie-n