Academic journal article Hecate

Editorial

Academic journal article Hecate

Editorial

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Editorial

This second number of Hecate in our 25th Anniversary year has a short editorial -- for once. This editorial was going to comment upon some more recent developments and debates in the `second wave,' following on from some of the history of Hecate and discussion of some of the earlier ideas and practices of women's liberation earlier this century, in the editorials in our previous two issues. At the conference on Simone de Beauvoir organised by the Centre for Women, Ideology and Culture Research last October, Chilla Bulbeck gave a paper on this topic and that stands in here for the editorial, along with the articles by Merle Thornton and Susan Luckman that span from the 1950s and 1960s to cyberfeminism.

Chilla's article is also a trailer for the full publication of the papers in our next issue. The conference on Simone de Beauvoir commemorated and celebrated the publication of The Second Sex fifty years ago in 1949, and its legacy. The appearance of the book then, in the dreary years -- in terms of liberation thinking -- of the late 1940s and early 1950s, reminds us that while periods of enthusiastic and widespread struggle (when ideas can be tested in practice and societies substantially changed) come and go, it is also crucial constantly to remember, analyse and understand what happened in the past in order not to repeat any mistakes that those on whose shoulders we now stand might have made. …

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