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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, 2000

1982
1982Three days after New Year's Eve, Watsy and Lenny painted the Wally machine. It was an old red postal van they had to hot wire to get moving. Lenny was my boyfriend. Watsy and Lenny had driven the van to the city on New Year's Eve. That night, the...
Adventures of the Mind and Living Warmth: A New Encounter with Simone De Beauvoir
Adventures of the Mind and Living Warmth: A New Encounter with Simone de BeauvoirLast year I read Simone de Beauvoir's letters to her American lover, Nelson Algren. I loved them. Many of them were written while researching and writing The Second Sex....
Agony and Ecstasy: Feminists among Feminists
Agony and Ecstasy: Feminists among FeministsSartre to Beauvoir: `Writing The Second Sex made you a feminist.'Beauvoir to Sartre: `No, it was when other women read it.'This exchange should be read as `words to that effect rather than a direct quotation,...
Ambitious Women and Strange Monsters: Simone De Beauvoir and Germaine Greer
Ambitious Women and Strange Monsters: Simone de Beauvoir and Germaine GreerIn The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir considers the position of women who have in one way or another stood as positive examples to other women:Most female heroines are oddities:...
Beauvoir, Feminisms and Ambiguities
Beauvoir, Feminisms and AmbiguitiesMy life is an unforged route that my steps alone will create. (Beauvoir qtd. in Simons 1999 12)As far back as I can remember, I was always proud of being the elder: of being first. Disguised as Little Red Riding Hood...
Body of Evidence: Aileen Palmer's Textual Lives
As to how historical or fictional the work will be, I quote Henry Handel Richardson, 'All is not true, but all might be true.' (Aileen Palmer)1 The question of the archive remains the same: What comes first? Even better: Who comes first? And second?...
Daddy's Books
Daddy's BooksSimone de Beauvoir `took stock of the world,' as she puts it, through books. They provided her first refuge, the environment -- aside from the bedroom she shared with her baby sister and her nurse -- in which she defined a space and an atmosphere...
Escaping the Celtic Tiger, World Music and the Millennium
Escaping the Celtic Tiger, World Music and the MillenniumAnne Marie McGurran was driven demented by the mention of three things, the Celtic Tiger, World Music and the Millennium. She had been seen punching her fist at the sky, in a way that could not...
Interview with Evelyn Conlon
Interview with Evelyn ConlonRebecca Pelan conducted this interview with the Irish fiction writer Evelyn Conlon in Brisbane in August 1999.Evelyn, your most recent visit to Australia was as a guest of the Melbourne Writers' Festival. What role do these...
Kerry Chikarovski and the Press
Kerry Chikarovski and the PressSocialist feminists have long argued that the media re-produce patriarchal ideology, notably, that aspect of it which sees men as belonging to the public sphere and women belonging to the private sphere(1) and in which...
La Flaneuse: Simone De Beauvoir and Class
La Flâneuse: Simone de Beauvoir and ClassIn Class Struggle and Women's Liberation (1984), Tony Cliff chooses a passage from Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex as representing a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of women in the French Revolution....
My Mother's Mouth
My Mother's MouthThe anniversary of The Second Sex is a celebration that has brought me back to Beauvoir, for her writing had not been on my desk and in my mind for some time. What I have found is both familiar and strange: `familiar' in that one finds...
Of Hegelian Bondage
Of Hegelian BondageIn the introduction of The Second Sex,(1) Beauvoir raises the notion of woman's Otherness. In an effort to trace the development of woman's subordinate position as Other to man, she engages with the philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich...
One Is Not Born, but Becomes, a Bestseller: The Publishing Politics of Simone De Beauvoir's the Second Sex
One Is Not Born, but Becomes, a Bestseller: The Publishing Politics of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second SexMy essays reflect my practical choices and my intellectual certitudes; my novels, the astonishment into which I am thrown both by the whole and...
Reconciliation-Or Justice?
Reconciliation -- or Justice?What does reconciliation mean? The concept originally emerged out of the Final Report of the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991. The Commission investigated 99 deaths -- but not one charge resulted...
Red Belly Black
Red Belly BlackA red belly blackslithers a welt in green felt --She'd be twenty-one today. Little and alive, less than four pounds born but born all right, in the afternoon, the sun drizzling lazily like a lizard across the mountainous belly. Red belly...
Secrets of a Fat Lady
Secrets of a Fat LadyThe Fat Ladies of circuses are secretive people. They keep the details of their lives to themselves.You can rarely tell what a circus Fat Lady is thinking. The Fat Ladies of circuses know how to hide their feelings. When they watch...
She Assembles Herself, in the Blind Light of Morning
She Assembles Herself, In the Blind Light of MorningShe assembles herself, in the blind light of morning.A smooth oval skull of polished bone over a sharp jawbone and with hinges connects itself to a clicking vertebrae. Snaps into shape between flat...
Simone De Beauvoir's the Third Sex
Simone de Beauvoir's The Third SexMy first copy of The Second Sex was the 1960 Four Square paperback edition in its thirteenth reprint of 1964. I probably bought the book in 1965, because its cover bears the sign of impending decimal currency conversion:...
Skin Deep
Skin DeepDuring the last quarter century I have developed this kind of surgery; using the advances in technology and medical knowledge to assist and satisfy many different people. It is increasingly popular in Australia. Until 30 years ago, `making the...
The Girl Who Met Simone De Beauvoir in Brisbane, or, Must We Burn Beauvoir?
The Girl Who Met Simone de Beauvoir in Brisbane, or, Must We Burn Beauvoir?I'm currently researching the representation of histories of the second wave Australian women's movement, for example, in novels, magazines, and in academic feminist histories....
What Did Beauvoir Mean?
What Did Beauvoir Mean?An answer to this question might begin with a further five questions.What kind of a feminist was Beauvoir?Many of the papers in this collection report on what Beauvoir meant for women in Australia searching in their lives for various...
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