preconditions of abortion on demand and free contraception were key demands. Lesbianism, not chastity, was the choice of those eschewing sexual relations with men. Female desire was put on the political agenda.


Notes
1.
Diary, original in author's possession. Entry, '"1942": Emergence into Full Youth'. I wish to express my thanks to Katie Holmes for sharing the two personal diaries, quoted in this article, with me. The names of the diarists have been changed to protect their anonymity.
2.
P. Johnson, "'Gender, Class and Work: The Council of Action for Equal Pay and the Equal Pay Campaign in Australia During World War II'", Labour History, 50 ( May 1986), 146.
3.
A. Wright, "'The Women's Weekly: Depression and War years Romance and Reality'", Refractory Girl, 3 ( Winter 1973), 12.
4.
A. Summers, Damned Whores and God's Police ( Melbourne 1975), 149.
5.
E. Ryan and A. Conlon, Gentle Invaders. Australian Women at Work ( Melbourne 1989), 139.
6.
C. Allport, "'The Princess in the Castle: Women and the New Order Housing'", in Third Women and Labour Conference Collective (eds.), All her Labours: Embroidering the Framework ( Sydney 1984), 149. See also K. Darian-Smith, "'A City in War: The Home Front in Melbourne 1939-1945'", Ph.D. thesis, University of Melbourne 1987, 140: at the end of the war 'the past . . . reigns supreme' and Kay Saunders and Helen Taylor, "'To Combat the Plague: The Construction of Moral Alarm and State Intervention in Queensland during World War II'", Hecate 14/1 ( 1988) where (p. 26) the end of the war sees 'traditional' values 'ultimately reinforced'.
7.
Aspects of this argument are anticipated in M. Lake, "'The War Over Women's Work'", in V. Burgmann and J. Lee (eds.), A Most Valuable Acquisition ( Melbourne 1988).
8.
C. McNamara, "'Must Women Return to the Kitchen?'", Labor Digest ( April 1945), 49.
9.
Foster quoted in C. Larmour, "'Women's Wages and the WEB'" in A. Curthoys et al. (eds.), Women at Work ( Canberra 1975), 50-1.
10.
Quoted in Wright, op. cit. 12.
11.
J. J. Matthews, Good and Mad Women: The Historical Construction of Femininity in Twentieth-Century Australia ( Sydney 1984), 89-90; J. J. Matthews , "'Building the Body Beautiful: the Femininity of Modernity'", Australian Feminist Studies, no. 5 ( Summer 1987).
12.
L. Johnson, "'The Teenage Girl: The Social Definition of Growing Up for Young Australian Women 1950 to 1965'", History of Education Review, 18/ 1 ( 1989), 6.
13.
R. Pringle, Secretaries Talk Sexuality, Power and Work ( Sydney 1988), 6-15, 193.
14.
S. Jeffreys, The Spinster and her Enemies: Feminism and Sexuality 1880-1930 ( London 1985), ch. 9; also Stephen Heath, The Sexual Fix ( London 1982). Judith Allen, Sex and Secrets: Crimes Involving Australian Women Since 1880 ( Melbourne 1990), points to the implications of sexological discourse for rape

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