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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, 1992

A Group of Crows Is a Murder
Out of the kitchen windowhangs a blurry banana moonin a sifted flower sky.The pollution is prettiest at sunsetwith lemon liquid sunlight andcrows like cut-out dollsflat black perched togetherone dozen stain glassyellow eyeslooking furthera group of crowsis...
"All the Nice Girls ..." A Case Study in the Social Control of Women, Melbourne, 1942
In May 1942, Leila Pirani's short story "All the Nice Girls..." was published in the Melbourne Argus. This "short story of the times" reflected the changing notion of "woman" and the growing tension between the emerging "modern woman" and the "nice girl"...
De-Scribing Lesbianisms: Recent Cultural Production
A REVIEW OF BONNIE ZIMMERMAN, THE SAFE SEA OF WOMEN: LESBIAN FICTION 1969-1989 (BEACON, 1990); BETSY WARLAND ED., INVERSIONS: WRITING BY DYKES, QUEERS & LESBIANS (PRESS GANG, 1991); JAI GREENAWAY, POLITICAL ACTS: LESBIAN THEATRE IN SYDNEY (AMAZON...
Editorial
The various rhetorics and practices of `multiculturalism' are currently coming under scrutiny from various quarters. On the one hand, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people frequently have to point out that they do not see themselves as just another...
Making Sense
A REVIEW OF RUBY LANGFORD GINIBI, REAL DEADLY (ANGUS AND ROBERTSON IMPRINT SERIES, 1992); GLENYSE WARD, UNNA YOU FULLAS (MAGABALA BOOKS, 1991).Recently we have seen in the ABC documentary Cop It Sweet the police treatment of Blacks in Redfern; we have...
Miss Cox and Me
Coming down to live in Thebarton was a shock. You wonder how people can live like that, all squashed up together and noisy and smelly. I'd come from Karoonda, from a wheat farm in the malice with my cat, Oy. He hated it, too. His fur went slack and gritty...
My Father Is a Bird
My father's chair is big and black and he is, or was, small and white. The chair is here and he is not. Simple facts understood, devoured and puzzled over. Where has he gone? The chair is lonely without my father. It creaks a leather tune of sadness...
Not "Glamorous War Work"
REVIEW OF HELEN ZENNA SMITH, NOT SO QUIET, INTRODUCED BY BARBARA HARDY (LONDON: VIRAGO, 1989).In 1929, Erich Mafia Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front became the world's first modern best-seller, millions of copies being printed in about twenty...
The Burdens Twain or Not Forgetting Yourself: The Writing of Betty Roland's Life
By the word `unhistorical' I mean the power, the art of forgetting, and of drawing a limited horizon round one's self.Friedrich Nietzsche, The Use and Abuse of HistoryNay, know ye not this burden hath always lainOn the devious being of woman;Yea, burdens...
The Cure
She remembered back to the first time she'd told him. Their first meal together, in fact. Lunch in a café overlooking the river. Wind-blown ripples had caught the sunlight occasionally, sending hard glints between their words."There's so much people...
Womanifesto
When I'm writing I'm not Mills and Booning in his armsWhen I'm writing I'm not learning 30 ways to please a manWhen I'm writing I'm not dreaming up new ways with chickenWhen I'm writing I'm not colour co-ordinating my wardrobeWhen I'm writing I'm not...
"Women's Work" and the Women's Services in the Second World War as Presented in Salt
At the outbreak of the Second World War, the dominant ideology in Australia endorsed the myths of mateship and the "digger-Anzac", and women were not widely perceived as being excluded. This hegemony is apparent in the wartime journal published by the...
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